Illinois Senate Passes Shark Fin Ban

May 18, 2012, oceana.org | “After Oceana collected over a thousand signatures from concerned Illinois citizens this week, the Illinois Senate voted to pass a shark fin ban in the state.  Illinois will be the first non-Pacific (and first inland!) state to ban shark fins in the United States.”

 

“Illinois Senate Passes Shark Fin Ban! protecting sharks from abuse for this food delicacy
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After Oceana collected over a thousand signatures from concerned Illinois citizens this week, the Illinois Senate voted to pass a shark fin ban in the state.”
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NOAA: Six Fish Populations Restored to Healthy Levels in the US

May 16, 2012, www.enn.com | “NOAA has released its annual report, stating that a record six fish populations have been rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011. This brings the number of rebuilt US marine fish populations to 27 since the start of the 21st century”
~ Six Fish Populations Restored to Healthy Levels in the US!
– Northern California coast Chinook salmon – Washington coast coho salmon – Pacific coast widow rockfish – Bering Sea snow crab – Atlantic coast summer flounder – Gulf of Maine haddock,
bringing the number of rebuilt US marine fish populations to 27 since the start of the 21st century – NOAA Annual Report,
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2012/05/15_statusofstocks.htm
For summary, seehttp://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/44407
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New Yorkers branch into ‘beyond organic’ urban fish farming

January 17, 2013, www.rawstory.com | “So you recycle, drive a small car, and try to eat organic. But what about running an eco-sustainable fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized vegetable patch in your kitchen? Christopher Toole and Anya Pozdeeva, two former New York bankers who founded the Society for Aquaponic Values and Education (SAVE), are there to help.”

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New Yorkers branch into ‘beyond organic’ urban fish farming
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So you recycle, drive a small car, and try to eat organic. But what about running an eco-sustainable fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized vegetable patch in your kitchen?
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5 Pieces of Good News From Planet Earth

Credit: NASA.

April 20, 2012, www.motherjones.com | “Most news from nature is depressing—species extinctions, changing climate, dying oceans. Yet it’s not all bad… though we might never know it, since positive news is underreported. I wrote about this tendency in my latest MoJo print piece about my old friend Enriqueta Velarde and her work to save an island and a whole ecosystem called Can One Incredibly Stubborn Person Save a Species?”

5 Pieces of Good News From Planet Earth
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A lot of people are working overtime to save endangered species and ecosystems. We don’t hear enough about them.
  • COMMENTS:
    GoodNews FortheEarth ~ great article, with reference to the need to publicize good news!
    read it and check these out:
    1) Huge Drop in PCB Levels in Norwegian Polar Bears
    2) Amur Cats Get Their Own 650,000 acre National Park
    3) Half Billion Dollars Funds Most Ambitious Conservation Programs Ever
    4) Right Whales Return to New Zealand
    5) Arabian Oryx Returns from Extinction

Whole Foods is Taking a Step Toward Sustainable Seafood

March 30, 2012 www.chow.com | In a major victory for embattled sea creatures around the globe, Whole Foods announced today that it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically unsustainable methods. The grocery chain’s new policy will go into effect on April 22, otherwise known as Earth Day.

 

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Whole Foods Market is the first national grocer to stop selling red-rated seafood, which is a fish species suffering from overfishing or that current fishing methods harm other marine life or habitats.
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California’s newest state animal could be the 2,000-pound sea turtle

February 22, 2012, www.latimesblogs.latimes.com | The world’s largest sea turtle could earn a new distinction from the California Legislature: the title of official state marine reptile.

A bill introduced Friday by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) would add the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle to a growing list of official state animals and plants such as the California quail (the state bird) the gray whale (state marine mammal), plants like the California poppy (state flower) and even extinct megafauna like the saber-toothed cat (the state fossil).

The symbolic measure, intended to raise awareness about the endangered species, comes as the federal government is setting aside 41,000 square miles of the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for the sea turtles.

 

~ ENDANGERED “LEATHERBACK” SEA TURTLES (world’s largest, up to 8 ft long) WIN 42,000 SQ. MILES OF OCEAN PROTECTION along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington, http://naturescrusaders.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/2-thumbs-up-award-leatherbacks-win/and have been nominated for California’s state marine reptile. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/2000-pound-leatherback-sea-turtle-could-be-californias-state-marine-reptile.html Here’s a map of their migration path all the way across the Pacific, http://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?Division=PRD&ParentMenuId=212&id=3994
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Shark Finning Banned by World’s Largest Tuna Conservation Coalition

1 February 2012, www.iss-foundation.org – A conservation measure passed by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Board of Directors will require industry participants to adopt written policies that prohibit the practice of shark finning and refrain from transactions with fishing vessels that engage in the practice.

Shark finning is the act of removing a shark’s fin while discarding the carcass at sea. Shark finning violates the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as well as several other resolutions adopted by the FAO, other international marine organizations and national governments.

“There is no room for shark finning in a sustainable tuna fishery” said Susan Jackson, President of ISSF. “We’re calling on the tuna industry as a whole to prohibit this practice while we work with RFMO member nations to strengthen management and enforcement measures and for national governments to follow through with implementation.”

 

Shark Finning Banned by World’s Largest Tuna Conservation Coalition – International Seafood Sustaina
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New Fishing Hook Reduces Accidental Shark Catch

May 25, 2011, www.livescience.com | “Scientists have developed a new type of fishing hook to reduce the number of sharks accidently caught from commercial fishing. The special hook, called “SMART Hook™” (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated Hook), combines two shark repellent technologies, magnetism and shark repellent metals, into standard fishing hooks.”