near·​shore | \ ˈnir-ˈshȯr How to pronounce nearshore (audio) , ˈnir-ˌshȯr \

Definition of nearshore

: extending outward an indefinite but usually short distance from shore nearshore sediments

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red tide had a particularly devastating effect on nearshore shellfisheries
Recent Examples on the Web Curious, Downs, who is the executive director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, flew down with a team of researchers to investigate the nearshore habitat. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Is Your Sunscreen Bad for the Planet? Here’s How to Choose an Ocean-Safe Formula," 14 Aug. 2018 In Maui alone, 55 gallons a day pour into nearshore waters, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Peter Fimrite,, "Hawaii to ban sunscreen that damages coral," 7 July 2018 Although not typically viewed in the same vein as wolves, tigers and leopards, sea otters are an apex predator of the nearshore marine ecosystem—the narrow band between terrestrial and oceanic habitat. Smithsonian, "The Remarkable Return of Sea Otters to Glacier Bay," 21 Apr. 2017 Remember, however, the nearshore fishery Sunday is only inside the 40-fathom line between Cape Falcon (Manzanita) and Humbug Mountain (Port Orford). Bill Monroe,, "Deschutes tri-fecta: The new look continues!," 29 Aug. 2017 Louisiana's share of money must be used for restoration projects, with most aimed at wetlands and other coastal and nearshore habitats. Mark Schleifstein,, "Minnesota wants $6 million in BP spill money to restore loons: report," 3 July 2017 Clearances for existing nearshore reefs range from 6 feet at the Pickets to 27 feet at Grand Isle 9 (the old Freeport Sulfur Mine) and 44 feet at South Timbalier 86. Todd Masson,, "Wildlife & Fisheries proposes more artificial-reef sites for defunct oil platforms," 9 June 2017 Bottomfish/halibut -- Check the ocean before planning to cross the bar for bottomfish or the June 1 opening of the nearshore halibut season along the central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain). ??? Bill Monroe,, "Free fishing has a full menu across Oregon's many waters," 26 May 2017 At the same time, a river system is often the primary source of sediments, which define and build the nearshore habitat, and nutrients and wood, which support life. National Geographic, "River Revives After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History," 2 June 2016

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First Known Use of nearshore

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Nearshore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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