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Plan Approved to Round Up the Last Wild Vaquitas Into Protected ‘Sea Pens’

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Plan Approved to Round Up the Last Wild Vaquitas Into Protected ‘Sea Pens’

Source: The Huffington Post/Dominique Mosbergen - April 10, 2017

The vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, has never been caught alive. But with fewer than 60 of the species now left on Earth, scientists are embarking more…

Devil Rays Granted Worldwide Protection by CITES: And Genetic Tracking Could Help Catch Illegal Traders

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Devil Rays Granted Worldwide Protection by CITES: And Genetic Tracking Could Help Catch Illegal Traders

Source: The Conversation/Jane Hosegood - April 6, 2017

Devil rays, close cousins of the enormous manta rays, are stars of nature documentaries. They tend to collect together in large numbers, and some species more…

New Hope for Reefs: Pheromones Could Prevent Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Outbreaks

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New Hope for Reefs: Pheromones Could Prevent Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Outbreaks

Source: The Conversation/Bernard Degnan - April 6, 2017

Crown-of-thorns starfish are one of the most aggressive reef-destroyers in the world. A single female can produce up to 120 million offspring in one spawning more…

A New Strategy For Protecting Nature In the Era of Donald Trump

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A New Strategy For Protecting Nature In the Era of Donald Trump

Source: World Ocean Radio/Peter Neill - April 5, 2017

Since the U.S. election in November, the Trump Administration has taken bold action to change the policies, regulations, and environmental protections that have been in more…

Mediterranean  Fish Stocks In a State of Decline

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Mediterranean Fish Stocks In a State of Decline

Source: Phys.org/CORDIS - April 4, 2017

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea are deteriorating at an alarming rate. A recent analysis by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) shows that more…

Through the Lens: Orange County Photographers Capture the Beauty and Importance of the Ocean

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Through the Lens: Orange County Photographers Capture the Beauty and Importance of the Ocean

Source: The OC Register/Erika I. Ritchie - April 3, 2017

When photographer Dan Stensland saw a clear and perfect wave peel at Shaw’s Cove, he knew he had “the” shot.

With his GoPro in hand, more…

Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

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Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

Source: The Florida Times-Union/Emelia Hitchner - March 27, 2017

Environmentalists sighed in disappointment after a Florida Senate bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins was amended last week, weakening its original intent.

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Does Diving With Sharks Have Impacts on the Animals?

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Does Diving With Sharks Have Impacts on the Animals?

Source: Science Daily/UC Santa Barbara/Julie Cohen - March 24, 2017

Swimming with metaphorical sharks is one thing, but actually getting into the water with the razor-toothed ocean predators? Crazy, right? Not according to the masses more…

Scientists Find Millions More Penguins in Antarctica Than Previously Thought

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Scientists Find Millions More Penguins in Antarctica Than Previously Thought

Source: LiveScience/Kacey Deamer - March 22, 2017

Millions more Adélie penguins are waddling along the icy Antarctic continent than scientists previously thought.

Researchers had estimated that about 2.3 million Adélie penguins called more…

A Step in the Right Direction: Air China Prohibits the Importation of Shark Fins

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A Step in the Right Direction: Air China Prohibits the Importation of Shark Fins

The TerraMar Project - March 14, 2017

Air China has become the first airline in China to forbid the importation of shark fins. This is a significant step towards the conservation of more…