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Gulf Council Seeks Emergency Longline Closure to Save Turtles

Article: Gulf Council Seeks Emergency Longline Closure to Save Turtles

TAMPA, Florida, February 4, 2009 (ENS) – Sea turtles in the eastern Gulf of Mexico could soon get more protection if the federal government approves an emergency request from a federal fisheries management agency to temporarily halt the use of fishing gear that injures and kills them. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Thursday…

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…

Conservationists Sue to Protect Beluga Whales of Cook Inlet

Article: Conservationists Sue to Protect Beluga Whales of Cook Inlet

WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2008 (ENS) – Five conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration over what they claim is an illegal delay in listing the Cook Inlet beluga whale under the federal Endangered Species Act. The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, DC by the Center for Biological Diversity, Cook…