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Ship Speed Limit Again Proposed to Aid Endangered Whales

Article: Ship Speed Limit Again Proposed to Aid Endangered Whales

WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2008 (ENS) – Large ships traveling along the east coast of the United States would have to slow to 10 knots in designated areas used by endangered North Atlantic right whales under a federal government proposal issued Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the final environmental impact statement for…

Plan to Rid Freshwaters of Harmful Algal Blooms Short on Solutions

Article: Plan to Rid Freshwaters of Harmful Algal Blooms Short on Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – A report on ways to minimize the impacts of harmful algal blooms in freshwaters across the United States presented by federal government agencies on Monday offers few solutions and relies heavily on future research to develop responses to the noxious and often toxic plants. These algae can form…

U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

Article: U.S. Urged to Merge Land and Oceans Agencies into One

WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2008 (ENS) – Today’s federal environmental research, development, and monitoring programs are not structured to handle such major problems as global climate change, declines in freshwater, and loss of biodiversity, warns a group of former senior federal officials who want to form a new agency by merging two existing ones. In…

NOAA Offers $200,00 to Help Clean Biscayne Bay

Article: NOAA Offers $200,00 to Help Clean Biscayne Bay

MIAMI, Florida, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, is investing $200,000 in Florida’s Miami-Dade County to expand the scope of Baynanza, an annual celebration and cleanup of Biscayne Bay that started 26 years ago. The funding is the largest NOAA contribution ever made towards a community marine debris cleanup…

Longline Fishermen Scare Seabirds for Their Own Protection

Article: 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…