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After the Big Storm: What Next?

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation  One recent weekend, I drove north from Washington, D.C., with some trepidation.  It had been a beautiful October day the last time I headed to Long Beach, New York.  Then, I was excited about seeing colleagues in the Surfrider International community who were gathering for their annual…

Climate Change Wins Big in 2012 Elections

Clint Eastwood was on the right track when he talked to an empty chair at the end of August. There was an empty seat all through the fall, as the candidates for U.S. president went back and forth on most of the critical issues that Americans face. The one crisis that neither candidate mentioned during…

Community Supported Fisheries Can Jump-start Coastal Economy After Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, local food networks, including local fisheries, need your help.  Last week, we spread the word about funding disaster relief efforts for fisheries and fishery-related businesses. Now, with more news from the coastal zone trickling out, there’s more that consumers can do. Shellfish Village Fishmonger NYC works with fishermen in…

Fishermen Look to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

Over the past few days, Hurricane Sandy barreled through the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, making landfall late Monday night in New Jersey.  Thoughts and well-wishes have been flowing in from all over the world – with millions in the dark and no way to travel, the NY-NJ region (the most densely populated stretch of U.S. coastline) is…

Superstorm Sandy Speaks to Preparedness for Climate Disruption

As floodwaters rose in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park, surged down Long Island’s Montauk Highway, and turned Atlantic City, New Jersey into a saltwater lake, Hurricane Sandy appeared to be a preview of the apocalypse. But for a historic, record-breaking storm, Sandy’s toll of death and human loss has thankfully been modest. To be sure, any…