Sunday, November 29, 2015

South Carolina Shark Tagging

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists recently deployed a satellite transmitter on a 12-foot, 4-inch tiger shark in Port Royal Sound.

The large female, nicknamed "Harry-Ette" is the latest tiger shark to be tagged by a collaborative project that is studying the importance of South Carolina waters to tiger sharks.

Efforts to better understand tiger sharks in the Atlantic Ocean have been complicated by a lack of data. Until recently, researchers knew little about the tiger shark’s life history, when and where they migrate, and how they use different habitats, especially the coastal waters of the southeastern United States.

Harry-Ette is the twelfth tiger shark fitted with a satellite transmitter off the South Carolina coast in a joint effort between DNR, nonprofit research organization OCEARCH, the College of Charleston, and Captain Chip Michalove of Outcast Charters in Hilton Head.

The project crew has tagged 27 tiger sharks in total, although only twelve have been fitted with satellite tags. All 27 sharks were tagged in Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds.

The recent capture of Harry-Ette as well as another mature female tiger, both with fresh mating wounds, leads scientists to believe that Port Royal Sound and South Carolina nearshore waters are likely important to the reproductive cycles of tiger sharks.

Shark enthusiasts can track tiger sharks tagged in South Carolina by accessing OCEARCH's near-real time, free online Global Shark Tracker or by downloading the Global Shark Tracker App available for Apple and Android platforms.

source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Popular Boaters Gifts

This article lists popular gifts for boaters and other mariners. Boating themed gifts are appropriate for birthdays, Father's Day, Christmas, retirement, holiday, and other occasions.

Gift ideas for boaters include boating tutorials, classic movies, books, magazines, calendars, prints, stickers, ornaments, coffee mugs, hats, t shirts, sweatshirts, electronics, and other items.

Boating apparel is always popular with boaters. Specialized boating apparel includes t shirts, sweatshirts, button-up shirts, hats, and other gear.

While in port, boaters often enjoy apparel that is adorned with nautical images. Nautical prints depict anchors, compass roses, fish, birds, marine mammals, fishing boats, sailboats, lighthouses, famous ports, and other nautical icons.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (USFWS)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently released its Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA).

The report evaluates the effects of climate change, sea level rise, and urbanization on four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 species that depend on them.

The ecosystems are mangrove, oyster reef, tidal emergent marsh and barrier islands. The species are roseate spoonbill, blue crab, clapper rail, mottled duck, spotted seatrout, eastern oyster, American oystercatcher, red drum, black skimmer, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and Wilson’s plover.

The GCVA was initiated by four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) that cover the Gulf of Mexico: Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida.

To learn more about the GCVA visit:

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Saturday, November 7, 2015

NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines

NOAA has released a Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines, which outlines how the agency promotes living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique.

Living shoreline is a broad term that encompasses a range of shoreline stabilization techniques. While methods may vary, a living shoreline generally incorporates vegetation or other living, natural “soft” elements.

These can be used alone or in combination with “harder” shoreline structures, like oyster reefs or rocks, for added stability. Living shorelines reduce erosion while providing habitat value and enhancing coastal resilience. 

Living shorelines are an alternative to traditional shoreline stabilization techniques, like seawalls and bulkheads. These techniques create a barrier between land and water and can actually increase erosion.

Along sheltered coasts, living shorelines can preserve and improve habitats and the benefits they provide.

For more living shorelines information, consult the Guidance:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nautical Calendars 2015

Nautical calendars are popular as they provide a useful way to display photos, artwork, and other media. Calendars are often chosen as gifts for the holiday season or other occasions.

This Atlantic shorebirds calendar showcases herons, egrets, plovers, sandpipers, oystercatchers, and other shorebirds that are seen along beaches, salt marshes, and estuaries of the Atlantic Coast.

This calendar, entitled Atlantic Beaches, includes photos of sunrises, birds, fishermen, and other scenes.

This seashore calendar features a variety of photos from Atlantic Coast seashores.

These calendars are just a few of the nautical themed products that can be found at

Friday, September 25, 2015

El Niño and La Niña Pacific Coast Effects

The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storm events leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean, according to a multi-agency study published recently in Nature Geoscience.

“This study significantly advances the scientific knowledge of the impacts of El Niño and La Niña,” said Patrick Barnard, USGS coastal geologist and the lead author of the study. “Understanding the effects of severe storms fueled by El Niño or La Niña helps coastal managers prepare communities for the expected erosion and flooding associated with this climate cycle.”

New research data, from 48 beaches across three continents and five countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, suggest the predicted increase will exacerbate coastal erosion irrespective of sea level rise affecting the region.

Researchers from 13 different institutions, including the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Waikato (New Zealand) analyzed coastal data from across the Pacific Ocean basin from 1979 to 2012.

The published paper, “Coastal vulnerability across the Pacific dominated by El Niño/Southern Oscillation” is available online.

source: U.S. Geological Survey

2015 National Estuaries Day

National Estuaries Day will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

In celebration of National Estuaries Day, beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, cruises, workshops, and other special events are organized by Restore America's Estuaries member organizations, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and EPA’s National Estuary Program.

National Estuaries Day began in 1988 to promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. National Estuaries Day is held annually the last Saturday of September.