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Reef Friendly Sunscreens - An emerging concern among ocean scientists, stewards, and beach-goers is the impact that certain chemical sunscreens are having on the marine environment. This has led to bans on the sale and use of conventional sunscreens in states like Hawaii, and island communities including Key West, Aruba and Palau. This concern has even triggered the FDA to consider removing certain popular sunscreen chemicals from the Generally Accepted as Safe (GRAS) list. As such, there has been a surge in the production of “reef friendly” sunscreens– but what does that actually mean, and how safe are these alternative sunscreens to the marine environment? Click here to find out.

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Stirred up sediment impacts sea sponges

"Sediment stirred up from fishing activity has a detrimental effect on reef-building sea sponges in northern British Columbia, according to a new study by University of Alberta biologists. The sediment is kicked up during human activities such as bottom trawling, where a weighted net is dragged across the seafloor. It includes organic matter as well as clay and silt, which can smother sponges from the outside or, if taken into their filtration system, clog them." - Excerpt from University of Alberta
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State of the Beach

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The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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