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Dec 9th

Giant Momentum on Shark Conservation: European Union Says No More Shark Finning

In 2009, when Palau announced they were creating the first ever “shark sanctuary” – permanently closing their waters to all shark fishing – they set an example for the world. Palau stood up for sharks – many of which (thirty percent) are threatened with extinction. Since then, several other countries (Maldives, Honduras, the Bahamas, Marshall Islands, Tokelau, and Federated States of Micronesia) have established “shark sanctuaries” too.

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Jun 16th

NOAA Announces its New Policy on Aquaculture: there’s no there there

Lots of people have told me that they aren’t sure what to make of aquaculture. Having heard that some kinds of fish farming are deleterious to the environment, some people assume that all farming of fish and shellfish is bad (not true), while others assume that all of it is good because they think that it takes pressure off of wild populations (not always true).  Here’s the real situation: if aquaculture had a Facebook relationship status it would read “It’s complicated.”

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