Coastal Conservation

Archive Report

Increasing Abuses of Shoreline Ecology

American coastlines, teeming with sources of pleasure and profit, are also beset with problems. The edge of the sea is being battered by pollution and abuses of building development. Offshore oil spills, such as have occurred recently from Santa Barbara to Tampa Bay to Nova Scotia, are only the most dramatic of the many forces threatening to make the seashore uninviting to man and to marine life. Marshes and estuaries at the water's edge, essential to the nation's production of seafood and shell fish, are steadily shrinking under the weight of the dredge and being poisoned by sewage and industrial wastes.

The rim of the sea is a natural resource that Americans can no longer take for granted. This realization is ...

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