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New Zealand Imposes Fishing Rules to Help Endangered Seabirds

New Zealand Imposes Fishing Rules to Help Endangered Seabirds

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, February 27, 2008 (ENS) – The government of New Zealand has established a new set of temporary measures to keep endanagered seabirds from being killed when commercial vessels are fishing. The new practices will be in place while the government develops longer term solutions to the problem of seabird mortality. “No one…

Fishing Pressure Pushing Sharks Towards Extinction

Fishing Pressure Pushing Sharks Towards Extinction

BOSTON, Massachusetts, February 17, 2008 (ENS) – Once plentiful sharks are vanishing from the world’s oceans, and some species are even at risk of extinction a shark expert told fellow scientists at the ongoing annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The global status of large sharks has been assessed by…

Cuba Bans Harvesting of Endangered Sea Turtles

Cuba Bans Harvesting of Endangered Sea Turtles

HAVANA, Cuba, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – Cuba has banned the harvesting of all marine turtle species and products from its beaches and seas for an indefinite period, according to a Ministry of Fisheries Ministerial Resolution. The move extends hope for survival of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, which feeds in Cuban waters. Conservationists praised…

U.S. Airbase in Okinawa Dugong Habitat on Hold

U.S. Airbase in Okinawa Dugong Habitat on Hold

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – The seagrass habitat of the endangered Okinawa dugong is safe from the U.S. Department of Defense, at least for the next 90 days. The sea mammal, cousin to the Florida manatee, will continue to swim in Henoko Bay off the Japanese island of Okinawa in the place…

Survey: Biodiversity Crucial to Climate Decision Makers

Survey: Biodiversity Crucial to Climate Decision Makers

NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 11, 2007 (ENS) – The protection of Earth’s diverse forms of life is more important to climate decision makers than cost effectiveness, according to a unique new survey of 1,000 climate senior government officials and scientists, business and civil society leaders from 105 countries. The study’s findings were released Monday…