January 30, 1997 |
After six years of wrangling, Florida officials agreed to protect the fragile coral reefs in the Keys by limiting fishing and diving and keeping big ships miles away. Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and his cabinet approved a plan barring fishing in 19 critical areas. The plan would also mandate the use of mooring buoys to let boats tie up for diving without causing anchor damage, and the use of channel markers to keep boats away from the coral and fragile sea grass.
October 7, 2011 |
Coral reefs have been dying off at alarming rates because of modern human activity, and conservationists struggle to preserve them. Now scientists have found such efforts have a long history. By the beginning of the 15th century, native Hawaiian islanders were engaging in sustainable practices to preserve their reefs — ushering in 400 years of recovery. The research, published Monday in the journal PLoS One, shows that sustainable practices go back a long way and that coral reefs may be better able to regenerate than previously thought.
January 30, 1985 |
The Coast Guard rescued 72 Haitians from a reef after their 40-foot wooden sailboat ran aground, a spokesmen said Tuesday. U.S. immigration authorities began efforts to determine the fate of the Haitians, whose boat was found awash on a reef in the Bahamas about 150 miles east of Miami.
May 18, 1989 |
One day before bearing her third child, Kim Chun Hwa made a small concession to maternity. She took a break from her grueling routine of diving in the frigid waters for sea urchin, octopus and abalone. She was back in her wet suit two weeks later, though, leaving her infant daughter at home to join other village women harvesting the fertile seabeds with primitive tools and lung power. That was 13 years ago, not long after the heyday of the henyo , literally the "women of the sea."
December 13, 2002 |
A disabled tanker was adrift off Marathon in the Keys near the world's third-longest barrier reef, but the Coast Guard said there was no immediate threat to the fragile coral reef. The double-hull tanker Isarstern had no cargo, but carried 90,000 gallons of fuel and 20,000 gallons of oil. The ship was on its way to Houston from Canada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998
The Los Angeles City Council approved the first artificial surfing reef in the nation Friday, a joint partnership with the Chevron Corp., which severely damaged the surf when it built a jetty there in the 1980s. The California Coastal Commission approved the Chevron-funded reef in October and needed formal approval from the city since the waters of Dockweiler State Beach fall under the jurisdiction of the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2001
I believe that Rudolphe Streichenberger should be allowed to keep his artificial reef off Newport Beach ("Going Against the Current," May 29). For 10 years, fish, mollusks and other sea life have adapted to this new habitat and it has become an important factor in their lives. If the Coastal Commission decides to remove this artificial reef it will destroy the habitat and leave a hole in that ecosystem. Since Newport Beach and the state Department of Fish and Game authorized the plan, an official decision has already been made.
June 2, 2003 |
The government said today that it will ban fishing in about one-third of the Great Barrier Reef to protect the world's largest living structure from the impact of humankind. The coral reef, one of Australia's main tourist attractions with its magnificent array of tropical fish, is under threat from record high temperatures, overfishing and pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1996
An apparently unauthorized tire reef in waters off Newport Beach ("Red Tape Threatening Reef," June 25) raises two questions other than illegality for California coastal commissioners. Can these tires be dislodged? Are they environmentally correct? In 1979 the California Department of Fish and Game came down hard against tire reefs following fiascoes along the Huntington Beach and Ventura County shorelines. In each case heavy seas tore tires loose and scattered them up and down the coast.
October 10, 1996
Beset by factions warring over kelp and wetlands, the California Coastal Commission this week postponed a final decision whether to relax requirements intended to offset damage to the marine environment near the San Onofre nuclear power plant.