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Who Controls the Coast?
Features

Squabbling over some of the world’s most valuable territory, the shoreline, is ultimately a very human thing to do.

Flooding the Mississippi River Delta
Article - Short

Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing, but controlled floods could save what’s left (or even bring it back).

No, Britain Isn’t Naming a Ship RRS Boaty McBoatface
Article - Short

Never let the Internet name things.

A Hope for Thailand's Shrimp Farms
Article - Short

A novel closed-loop design seems to be helping one Thai shrimp farmer fend off a deadly disease. 

Mud, Shuck, and Spat
Article - Short

The future of Chesapeake Bay’s oysters depends on interstate cooperation.

Fishing the Deep
Article - Short

Is it time to start fishing the deep sea? Some scientists are urging caution. 

To Ease the South China Sea Dispute, Look to the Arctic
Article - Short

Political scientists offer a legal model to move the region forward.

Revenge of the Blob
Article - Short

Marine heatwaves occur about once every five years­, a new analysis says. 

Can the Market Save the World’s Fisheries?
Article - Short

One investment firm thinks sustainable fisheries and Wall Street profits can go hand in hand.

Southern Sugarcane Revival
Features

Sugarcane on Sapelo Island was once tended by slaves. Now it might sustain their descendants and help keep Geechee culture alive.

Flying Dutchman 2.0
Article - Short

This robotic catamaran could bring the Internet to the depths of the ocean—and turn a tidy profit for its inventors. There’s just one problem. ...

Harnessing the Power of Fear
Article - Short

Could targeted scare tactics be the next big conservation tool?

Nine Out of Ten Shark Scientists Agree: Sustainable Shark Fishing Is Fine
Article - Short

Researchers worry extreme voices in the conservation community may be overshadowing an evidence-based approach.

Tracking Fish From Hook to Fork
Article - Short

New tracing technologies will make it easier to see where fish are coming from. 

Cracking Open the Tuna Code
Features

Ecology is only part of the equation when it comes to understanding bluefin tuna.

Jack Orr, Whale Hunter
Article - Short

Churchill’s belugas may be headed for trouble, and Jack Orr wants to help them. But first he has to catch one. 

In Montserrat, One Woman’s Mission to Introduce Kids to the Sea
Article - Short

A children’s club in Montserrat looks to preserve the island’s culture and environment by bringing kids into the water.  

Underestimating Turbines’ Death Toll
Article - Short

Some turbines are more dangerous than others, but a bias in research means scientists know the least about the deadliest—and most common—type.

A New Algorithm Offers the Possibility of Faster Tsunami Warnings
Article - Short

Shaving crucial minutes off the time it takes to send tsunami warnings would give people more time to evacuate.  

Building a Fence out of Sound
Article - Short

This highly specific noisemaker drives seals away. 

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