California

Maritime Administration ahead of schedule in scrapping Suisun Bay mothball fleet

October 12, 2012
www.contracostatimes.com

Aged and crumbling ships may be leaving the Suisun Bay "mothball" Reserve Fleet at a steady pace, but some of their value is being left behind. Vallejo's California Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime schools nationwide, soon will see a nearly $400,000 funding influx, proceeds from the sale of the obsolete vessels. The new funding, $2.2 million overall, is due to a federal mandate requiring federal reinvestment into maritime schools

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Artificial Reef Project Moves Forward Despite Controversy

July 26, 2012
www.independent.com

Roughly five weeks ago, with the hope of jump-starting a plan to install a fish ​— ​and fishermen ​— ​friendly artificial reef offshore of Santa Barbara, Chris Goldblatt and some colleagues dropped two 1,300-pound hollow concrete igloos into the ocean offshore of Hendry’s Beach.

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Non-Profit Builds "Reef Balls" to Create More Sea Life

June 18, 2012
www.keyt.com

The non-profit group, Fish Reef Project is building large cement balls to use as artificial reefs. The balls are designed to sit on the sea floor and collectively act as a reef. The group hopes the reefs will attract sea life, including fish and crabs.

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San Onofre artificial reef not meeting state standards

April 10, 2012
www.ocregister.com

For the third year in a row, a 156-acre artificial reef built in 2008 to help offset environmental impacts on marine life from San Onofre's undersea intake pipes is not meeting state performance standards.

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EPA Guide On PCB Ship Waste May Not Quell Concerns On MARAD Policy

March 16, 2012
harteresearchinstitute.org

EPA is crafting guidance to advise ship owners on how to comply with its rules governing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) before exporting ships for scrapping but the guide may not quell concerns that a 2011 Maritime Administration (MARAD) policy allowing owners to self-certify removal of PCBs circumvents EPA's toxics law authority.

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Can Hollywood Save the Oceans Natural Reef Systems?

March 12, 2012
tech.rambergmedia.com

That’s the question a group of Los Angeles film set designers, divers, and marine biologists asked prior to creating a revolutionary underwater tourism company – Reef Worlds.

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Horizon Charters San Diego Wins Defense Verdict in Lawsuit

February 21, 2012
www.divenewswire.com

Southern California charter company, Horizon Charters and its dive master Martin Graf have successfully defended a scuba diving death lawsuit in San Diego.

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Artificial reef planned for Ventura County beach

June 7, 2011
www.vcstar.com

Officials are hoping to build an artificial reef to bring back the glory days at Oil Pier beach and potentially use it as a showcase of how to restore and save beaches around the county.

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Dredging of Mare Island Strait needed by ship dismantler nearly complete

Dec 14, 2010
www.contracostatimes.com

The amount of built-up mud and silt recently pulled from in front of Mare Island's dry docks 2 and 3 could fill Vallejo's Corbus Field up about 112 feet high -- which would top an 11-story building.

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"Rigs to Reefs" Lets Fish Stay After the Oil Stops Pumping

July 18, 2010
www.heatingoil.com

"The first thing anyone - trained scientist or casual recreational diver - notices around a rig is the big fish, lots of them," says Dr. Milton Love, a scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Love has spent 10 years studying the thriving marine life that turns offshore oil platforms into artificial reefs.

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What to Do After an Oil Rig Dies: California's Quandary

July 8, 2010
www.time.com

What happens after an oil rig dies? Even as the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues unresolved in the Gulf of Mexico, California and other states are debating what to do when the intended work of the gigantic platforms is over.

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Two more ships to leave fleet, making 7 in 8 months

May 4, 2010
beniciaherald.wordpress.com

Two more old warships are leaving the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, with one troop transport ship already on its way to Texas to be recycled and a second scheduled to leave Wednesday morning for San Francisco for cleaning before leaving California.

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Judge rules Bay Area 'ghost fleet' violates pollution laws

January 21, 2010
www.mercurynews.com

SACRAMENTO — A federal judge has found that a fleet of rotting warships anchored near San Francisco Bay is in violation of federal and state pollution laws.

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Three more ships from Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet approved for dismantling

January 6, 2010
www.timesheraldonline.com

As a ship recycling company eyeing Vallejo continues to wade through red tape on environmental regulations, three more World War II era-ships have been targeted for dismantling in Texas.

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Battle lines drawn around La Jolla marine life protection

October 7, 2009
www.sdnn.com

A San Diego City Council committee declined today to act on an environmental group’s request to endorse the most stringent of three proposals.

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No one is buying decommissioned U.S. ships due to poor economy

October 2, 2009
www.mesotheliomanews.com

Decommissioned merchant ships being stored at the Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Virginia have no buyers.

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Calif. river restoration begins amid debate

October 2, 2009
www.google.com

When Darrell Imperatrice was a boy, California's San Joaquin River teemed with so many King salmon his father could catch 40-pound fish using only a pitchfork.

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San Francisco Bay Restoration Is Moving Forward

September, 2009
www.coastalpost.com

Restoration of the wild-lands in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the rest of the country for that matter, is kicking into a higher gear as most Americans are starting to do their "litter bit".

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Partnership for Sustainable Oceans asks Governor to suspend MLPA designation process citing lack of funding and scientific data

June 24, 2009
www.aquafornia.com

The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans, the organization that represents recreational fishing and boating interests, has asked Governor Schwarzenegger to suspend the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) planning and implementation process citing a lack of financial and scientific resources to support the designation of marine protected areas (MPAs).

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California: Harbinger of National Doom?

June 23, 2009
www.thetrumpet.com

If you were given the perfect country, could you mess it up as bad as California? Begin with fertile, productive, well-irrigated soils capable of growing just about anything. Add vast agricultural tracts and miles upon miles of wine country with lush, bountiful vineyards.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium supports sustainable seafood choices to preserve fish populations

June 17, 2009
www.insidebayarea.com

While shopping at the seafood department or reading a menu, consult these resources: "Seafood Watch," the Monterey Bay Aquarium's lists of responsibly harvested and farmed seafood and sushi or the Blue Ocean Institute's "Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood." Also look for the blue label from the Marine Stewardship Council, a leading certification program for sustainable seafood.

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The Green Line of Defense

June 16, 2009
www.emagazine.com

Since 1972, the Coast Guard has been responsible for a range of environmental prevention and response activities. Those include managing the billion-dollar Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund used for emergency cleanups and the investigation of illegal dumping of oily waste at sea. Still, since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, much of the Coast Guard’s expanded operations and funding have focused on port security and counter-terrorism.

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The Marine Mammal Center's Newly Rebuilt Hospital

June 15, 2009
www.prweb.com

Sausalito, Calif. (PRWEB) June 15, 2009 -- With its unprecedented makeover now complete, The Marine Mammal Center has officially opened for the public to view its marine mammal hospital, research labs, and education classrooms. Beginning today, visitors can tour the new headquarters, which is nestled in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito. Admission is FREE but donations are encouraged.

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EPA proposes $36-million cleanup of waters off Palos Verdes

June 11, 2009
www.latimesblogs.latimes.com

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed spending at least $36 million to clean up the world’s largest deposit of the banned pesticide DDT, located 200 feet underwater off the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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MLPA process gets more than a little bit fishy, pro-fishing groups claim

June 02, 2009
www.latimesblogs.latimes.com

A reader shared an interesting observation this week regarding the controversial Marine Life Protection Act process, an ongoing saga that ultimately will set in place a coast-wide network of zones that will become off-limits to fishermen or carry severe restrictions.

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I Need Your Help to Protect California's Coastline

June 02, 2009
www.dailykos.com

The California Department of Finance wants to "drill baby drill" off the Golden State’s coastline, and they’re willing to undermine 70+ years of checks and balances to do it. Will we let them get away with it?

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The Ghost Fleet

May 21, 2009
www.californiafisheriescoalition.blogspot.com

Californians concerned about protecting our ocean should pay attention to the ongoing Marine Life Protection Act process that’s supposed to improve ocean health, biodiversity and marine ecosystems off the coast of California.

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Human Impact Study a Wake-up Call For West Coast

May 21, 2009
www.earth911.com

A two-year study by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) concludes that humans have a significant impact on ocean areas along the West Coast. The study highlights location and intensity of 25 human-derived sources of ecological stress.

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The Ghost Fleet

April 10, 2009
www.microkhan.com

The ultimate fate of the National Defense Reserve Fleet has become a hotly contested matter in recent years, as environmentalists claim the aged ships are leaking nasty toxins into California s Suisun Bay. That certainly seems logical, since these rusting hulks were built in the age of asbestos, lead paint, and other environmental bogeymen. But a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claims otherwise.

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Commercial Fisherman Fighting for Less Restrictions

April 8, 2009
www.kcba.com

MOSS LANDING, Calif. - "We're the most regulated industry in the United States," says Moss Landing fisherman Ernest Pagan. The 32-year fishing veteran is supporting a group of protestors fighting the Marine Life Protection Act.

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Wave of abandoned boats expected in Ventura County

April 8, 2009
www.venturacountystar.com

The only fact that is certain is that the boat was sinking. Who drilled holes in the boat s hull that caused it to sink, who abandoned it or how far they might have been behind on payments is still a mystery.

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Carlson: Iowans, donate proudly to refurbish USS Iowa

April 8, 2009
www.desmoinesregister.com

Word is the old USS Iowa is looking a bit rugged these days. The wooden decks are popping and the hull is showing a little rust. That's on the outside. The inside is tight and dry. Air is constantly circulated through the vast network of the ship's compartments. Bill Stephens, who has been over and through the great battleship dozens of times, says it's in fine shape.

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Artificial Kelp Reef Monitoring Project Job

March 30, 2009
www.blueplanetdivers.org

We are looking for a few experienced divers to join the SONGS artificial kelp reef mitigation monitoring team in Carlsbad, California. This summer, we will be hiring a few candidates to work on a full-time, but temporary limited (~6 months or so) basis.

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Van Zant: Not many hooked on the Marine Life Protection Act

March 25, 2009
www.presstelegram.com

I'm sure that most of you dedicated anglers know about the Marine Life Protection Act. The MLPA mandates a network of Marine Protected Areas along our California coast. The United Anglers of Southern California simply said "No" and presented a proposal against any closures, which proved to be unsuccessful because a conservation proposal is a demand by the act.

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Southern California marine reserve plan spawns debate

March 20, 2009
www.latimes.com

A landmark effort to transform Southern California's coastal waters into a network of havens for marine life has sparked a fierce debate over where to locate no-fishing zones that ecologists believe are needed to replenish the surrounding seas.

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CSPA Action Alert: Legislation to Eradicate Striped Bass Introduced

March 20, 2009
www.indybay.org

Assemblywoman Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield), at the behest of San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, has introduced legislation to eradicate striped bass in order to divert attention from the catastrophic impacts of water exports from the California Delta on delta smelt, longfin smelt, Central Valley chinook salmon, green sturgeon, southern resident killer whales and other imperiled species.

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Editorial: Mothball Fleet must be removed from Suisun Bay

March 18, 2009
www.contracostatimes.com

We take little solace in the findings of a yearlong federal study that contaminated sentiment under rotting government ships anchored in Suisun Bay is no worse than elsewhere in local waters.

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Mothball Fleet's Flaking Paint Poisons and Pollutes San Francisco Bay

March 14, 2009
switchboard.nrdc.org

There's a reason why most ocean-going vessels need regular paint jobs and maintenance. Old paint, exposed to weather, can peel or chip off. The toxic material in many vessels' paints can poison local waterways and ecosystems.

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Ban on commercial fishing of chinook extended

March 13, 2009
www.sfgate.com

The grim reality of a devastated salmon fishery hit home Thursday when the Pacific Fishery Management Council agreed to another ban on commercial fishing of chinook in California and Oregon.

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Mothball area no more toxic than other bay waters

March 13, 2009
www.timesheraldonline.com

A year-long federal study recommends no specific cleanup actions for Suisun Bay's rotting fleet of warships. The analysis, released Thursday, found the ships to be a source of toxic contamination, but also concluded levels of heavy metals in nearby sediments and shellfish matched up with other parts of the bay.

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SF port industry poised for a comeback

March 6, 2009
abclocal.go.com

San Francisco tourism may be hurting, restaurants may be suffering, but a mostly forgotten segment of the business community is positioning itself for a comeback.

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Salmon Shortage Squeezes California as Second Fishing Ban Looms

March 5, 2009
www.bloomberg.com

Duncan MacLean is worried about losing the work he has done for 35 years, as the salmon population declines so precipitously that fishing off the California coast may be banned for the second year in a row.

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No-fishing zones off OC? A first look at rough maps

March 4, 2009
greenoc.freedomblogging.com

The question: Should some parts of the Southern California coast, including Orange County s, be declared off limits to sportfishing to protect marine habitat and wildlife? The answer: Perhaps, but it s going to be a fight.

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Group floats idea to sink ships for fish

February 27, 2009
www.times-standard.com

Harbor officials on Thursday supported reconsideration of a concept last hatched here 20 years ago -- sinking ships offshore to make a haven for fish and fishermen.

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The Navy Has a Top-Secret Vessel It Wants to Put on Display

February 24, 2009
online.wsj.com

Anybody want some top-secret seagoing vessels? The Navy has a pair it doesn't need anymore. It has been trying to give them away since 2006, and they're headed for the scrap yard if somebody doesn't speak up soon.

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Reef builder eyes old harbor pilings for artificial ocean habitat

February 18, 2009
www.ocregister.com

Nonprofit reef builders hope a partnership between Orange County and city of Dana Point would allow for mutually beneficial use of pilings in Dana Point Harbor.

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Conservation, Fishing Groups Sue To Protect North Coast Rivers and Fisheries

February 4, 2009
www.indybay.org

A coalition of conservation and fishermen s groups have filed a lawsuit today in state Superior Court challenging the failure by the state and regional water boards to implement clean water laws that protect wild rivers and streams in California s North Coast region.

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Toxic Ship Dealer Caught, Fined for Export of PCBs

January 29, 2009
www.ens-newswire.com

The toxic trade watchdog group Basel Action Network declared victory today after a U.S. business involved in sending hundreds of ships to the shipbreaking beaches of Bangladesh and India was forced to pay $518,500 and certify that they would not take such actions again.

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SS Catalina is seaworthy no more

Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2009

The once-proud steamship, which ferried millions of passengers to the island town of Avalon, is being cut for scrap after sitting for years in Ensenada harbor.

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