News - Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Marine debris is a problem; you can help at cleanup events

Think back to the last time you went to a beach that wasn’t polluted with litter. Now, think back to the last time you went to the beach and you DID see it polluted with litter. In that moment, what did you feel? When I was young, I remember the...

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By: Mandy Sartain / Published: Jun 21, 2018

Clean marinas help reduce water pollution

Well, summer time is almost here and that means time to hit the water and water related activities including my favorite: boating. With additional boats on the water we need to make sure that boaters and marinas use strategies and practices that...

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By: Phillip Hinesley / Published: May 24, 2018

Oyster gardening programs gear up for growing season

Oyster gardening in Alabama is in the final preparation stages for the 2018 season. Oysters have been spawned and the larvae should be setting soon. Last season, nearly 80,000 oysters were planted in Alabama and Mississippi’s programs.

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By: PJ Waters / Published: May 01, 2018

No Southern hospitality for invasive species

Southern hospitality does not extend to invasive species. Invasive species are the environmental equivalent of uninvited guests that clean out your refrigerator, chip the heirloom china and spill wine on your new rug. Being a gracious host does not...

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By: Kristina Alexander / Published: Apr 19, 2018

Embracing the dynamics of shorelines

Coastal areas are dynamic in nature, which means they are constantly changing. A fitting example of the dynamics of coastlines can be found by looking at historical, but relatively recent, aerial photos...

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By: Eric Sparks / Published: Apr 04, 2018