Reef

Belize Bans Oil Activity to Protect its Barrier Reef

19th January 2018
Published under: Uncategorized

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Decision hailed as huge step forward that will safeguard both the marine environment and the country’s lucrative dive tourism industry …In what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in… [more]

U.S. Military is Using Oyster Reefs as Living ‘Speed Bumps’ to Protect Naval Bases Against Storms

4th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Daily Mail.  Around the U.S. and the world, oyster reefs being planted as storm-protection ‘Living shorelines’ of oyster reefs are better and cheaper than other methods Experts say the oyster reefs help blunt the force of incoming storm waves “Earle Naval Weapons Station, where the Navy loads some… [more]

Conservation of European Flat Oyster Will ‘Greatly Improve’ Water Quality & Biodiversity in the North Sea

5th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published at EurekAlert. “A new European alliance for the conservation of the European flat oyster has been established. If successful, it could see the water quality and biodiversity of the North Sea greatly improved. The European flat oyster represents a key species with important ecological functions and ecosystem services in the… [more]

Biodiversity Moves Beyond Counting Species – Nature

14th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published in Nature.  “Emmett Duffy was about 5 metres under water off the coast of Panama, when a giant, tan-and-white porcupine fish caught his eye. The slow-moving creature would have been a prime target for predators if not for the large, treelike branches of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) it was sheltering… [more]

Filling New York Harbor with Millions of Oysters to Fight Pollution

28th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Crain’s.  “Nearly every weekday trucks pick up 4 tons of oyster shells from 70 restaurants across the city for the Billion Oyster Project. Peter Malinowski and a team of students and employees use them—an estimated one-tenth of the total amassed in the city each week—to build reefs and nurture… [more]

Scientists Say Damage to Florida’s Coral Reef has Made the State More Vulnerable to Storm Surges – Washington Post

13th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Washington Post.  “As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef. At 360 miles long, the Florida Reef Tract… [more]