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Alaska Continental Slope 100 Miles Farther Out Than Thought

Alaska Continental Slope 100 Miles Farther Out Than Thought

DURHAM, New Hampshire, February 11, 2008 (ENS) – The foot of the continental slope off Alaska is more than 100 nautical miles farther from the U.S. coast than previously assumed, according to new Arctic sea floor data released today by the University of New Hampshire and the federal government. The data could support U.S. rights…

Longline Fishermen Scare Seabirds for Their Own Protection

Longline Fishermen Scare Seabirds for Their Own Protection

WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2008 (ENS) – Longline fishing fleets on the high seas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will now use special lines that scare seabirds to keep them from taking the bait set out on the long lines as food. Bird-scaring lines, also called tori lines, are streamers that hang from a…

Vancouver Company Convicted of Queen Conch Smuggling

Vancouver Company Convicted of Queen Conch Smuggling

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, January 9, 2008 (ENS) – An 18 month long investigation into trafficking of meat from the endangered Caribbean Queen conch into Florida has resulted in a British Columbia company being fined a Canadian record high wildlife fine of over $78,000. On Friday, Pacific Marine Union Corporation entered a guilty plea in…