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2009-02-06 12:45:00

A U.S. advisory panel on Thursday urged a ban on commercial fishing across a wide swath of the Arctic Sea off the Alaskan coast, in a pre-emptive measure against the effects of climate change. Proponents of the measure said it was the firs time the U.S. had acted to close a fishery as a result of climate change instead of in reaction to overfishing, Reuters reported. "Global climate change is making everyone think differently up here and making them understand that precautionary approaches...

2009-02-05 14:55:00

Nearly 200,000 square miles of U.S. Arctic waters will close to industrial fishing to protect Arctic ecosystems in the face of climate change SEATTLE, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) voted today to prevent the expansion of industrial fishing into all U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait for the foreseeable future to limit stress on ocean ecosystems in light of the dramatic impacts of global climate change in the Arctic. With no...

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2008-09-16 13:25:00

Conservationists agree that major changes to rules on shark finning are needed to preserve the health of the world's shark populations. Confusing regulations and poor enforcement mean rule breaking is common, according to campaign group Oceana. Actor and activist Ted Danson said proper management could rescue the species in decline. Over half of ocean-going sharks, and about a third of European species, are threatened with extinction. Danson said the basic problem is it's a fishery that's not...

2008-09-02 03:00:17

By Connors, Claire It was a friend's health scare that prompted Amber Valletta to become an environmental advocate. BY CLAIRE CONNORS The Santa Monica Seafood market is bustling with customers and fishmongers. The store cases are filled with everything from gorgeous fillets of wild salmon and Maine lobsters to fresh crabs and shrimp)-about 40 different varieties of fish and shellfish in all. Amber Valletta is in her element. "This is where I buy all my fish," she says, checking out the...

2008-08-28 09:00:20

Trolley tours of Oceana Naval Air Station and shuttles to the amphitheater and the half-marathon at the Oceanfront may change in 2009, thanks to a tightening of federal rules. The changes also will affect Hampton Roads Transit tours of the Norfolk Naval Station and the Olde Towne tour in Portsmouth. So says Travis Campbell , a Beach Planning Department official who handles transportation issues for the city. "Federal Transportation Administration rules govern the use of federally...

2008-08-24 12:00:22

By Mary Pemberton Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Large areas of the Bering Sea off Alaska's coast will soon be off-limits to bottom trawling, a practice involving fishing vessels that drag huge, weighted nets across the ocean floor. Come Monday, nearly 180,000 square miles of the Bering Sea will be closed to bottom trawling, bringing the total in the Pacific Ocean to 830,000 square miles -- an area more than five times the size of California. Other newly restricted areas are off...

2008-07-31 03:00:27

WASHINGTON _ California, New York City, three other states and a coalition of environmental groups plan to file notice Thursday that they'll sue the Environmental Protection Agency to push it to regulate pollution from ocean ships and aircraft that's causing global warming. Under the Clean Air Act, a U.S. district court can compel the EPA to take action to protect the public's welfare if the agency delays doing so for an unreasonably long time. The law requires that a notice of intent to...

2007-11-09 12:00:19

After launching its "Eat a Cookie, Save the Oceans" holiday gift program, international ocean conservation group, Oceana, is announcing its partnership with Warren Brown, star of the Food Network's popular baking show, "Sugar Rush," and owner of DC's acclaimed from-scratch bakery, CakeLove. Holiday shoppers can now virtually adopt a marine animal through Oceana's website and receive up to 16 ocean-themed cookie cutters, a baking mitt, an official adoption certificate, ocean facts and a sugar...

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2005-01-27 07:32:17

AP -- Nine chlorine plants in the nation pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year - a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday. Environmentalists think the amount of mercury emitted by the plants may be even greater; the industry acknowledges that tons of the toxic metal are unaccounted for each year, though it does not believe that mercury is dumped into the environment. Chlorine at the...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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