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2010-06-08 11:49:00

New England Sectors Touted as Well Designed WASHINGTON and BOSTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group's Lee Crockett, director of Federal Fisheries Policy, and Peter Baker, manager for New England Fisheries Campaigns, today commented on a new study by Ecotrust that found design concerns in the proposed West Coast trawl fishery catch share program. Support for this report was provided by the Pew Environment Group. Lee Crockett, director of Federal Fisheries...

2010-06-08 05:00:00

Scientific Statement Released for World Oceans Day WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries are calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves as "an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment." While small marine reserves are known to protect some species, large reserves -- comparable to large national parks on land -- are...

2010-05-27 10:21:00

WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Arctic Program, released the following statement in response to the Obama administration's expected announcement today that any applications for exploratory drilling in the Arctic will be suspended until 2011. "We are very pleased with the President's decision to suspend Arctic exploration drilling this summer. A delay until 2011 will provide the affected communities and agencies...

2010-05-25 12:08:00

"Sustainable" label for Antarctic krill fishery is misleading WASHINGTON, May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today criticized the decision by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to certify Antarctic krill. The certification gives the false impression that the entire fishery for Antarctic krill is sustainable when in reality it is not. Seafood with the MSC label implies that it has been caught in a sustainable manner and does not threaten the local marine...

2010-05-24 13:13:00

Pew Environment Group Urges U.N. to Correct Course NEW YORK, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United Nations meets to discuss the state of high seas fisheries management, two independent, peer-reviewed studies reveal that ineffective international management is undermining the future of high seas fisheries, fish populations and the health of marine ecosystems. One study -- published online by the journal Science -- finds that governments have been ineffective in stopping illegal...

2010-05-11 13:21:00

WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. "The current safety standards for oil drilling have failed to protect the Gulf of Mexico and have revealed significant lapses and problems in our drilling policy. This spill is likely to have a...

2010-04-22 17:37:00

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the proposal released today by the Chair (Cristian Maquieira of Chile) and Vice-Chair (Anthony Liverpool, Antigua and Barbuda) of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The proposal will be considered at the IWC's annual meeting this June, in Agadir, Morocco. "The negotiations on the future of the IWC have moved...

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2010-04-02 07:30:00

United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Minister David Miliband has designated the area around the Chagos Islands as a marine reserve, making it the largest such location in the world. The 210,000 square miles that surround the 55 island chain, which is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is said to boast one of the richest aquatic ecosystems on Earth. According to BBC news, the Chagos Islands "has been compared to the Galapagos Islands and"¦ hosts the world's biggest living coral...

2010-03-31 10:29:00

SEATTLE, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today commended the Obama administration's decision to withdraw Bristol Bay from its national offshore energy plan and proceed cautiously with new U.S. Arctic Ocean oil and gas leases. "We thank President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar for protecting Bristol Bay, one of the planet's richest marine ecosystems," said Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Arctic program. "Bristol Bay must be...

2010-03-26 07:27:00

Pew calls conference on global trade in endangered species a major disappointment DOHA, Qatar, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) concluded without providing any trade protections whatsoever for severely depleted Atlantic bluefin tuna and four vulnerable species of sharks - scalloped hammerhead, oceanic white tip, porbeagle and spiny dogfish. "We cannot continue to...