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2012-06-20 14:20:22

Pew applauds action to ban shark fishing in critical breeding habitat WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. Most significantly, commercial shark fishing is now prohibited throughout the 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that make up the popular Los Roques and Las Aves archipelagos, whose pristine beaches and coral reefs make it a diving and fishing...

2012-06-13 10:20:45

World's largest network of marine protected areas includes massive fully protected marine reserve in Coral Sea WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Australia is expected to announce an historic decision today to create the world's largest network of marine protected areas, including a massive fully protected marine reserve in the Coral Sea, a move hailed by the Pew Environment Group. The Coral Sea no-take marine reserve, known in Australia as a national park zone, would...

2012-05-31 10:22:26

More action needed to fully protect this vulnerable species BRUSSELS and WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today applauded the European Union (EU) for its action to protect the porbeagle shark--which is critically endangered in parts of the North Atlantic. The EU has listed the species on Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), effectively prohibiting for the first time the trade of porbeagle...

2012-05-30 10:21:15

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a bilateral meeting tomorrow in Brussels, high-ranking officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Commission (EC) will discuss the problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including the ongoing use of illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean. In September 2011, the United States and the European Union (EU) signed a joint agreement to combat IUU fishing. Tomorrow's...

2012-04-22 10:20:09

MONTREAL, April 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 2,000 scientists from 67 countries urged Arctic leaders, in an open letter released today by the Pew Environment Group, to develop an international fisheries accord that would protect the unregulated waters of the Central Arctic Ocean. New maps show that the loss of permanent sea ice has opened up as much as 40 percent of this pristine region during recent summers, making industrial fishing viable for the first time. "Scientists...

2012-04-17 10:21:12

Pew praises visionary conservation legislation QUEBEC CITY, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mathew Jacobson, manager of the Pew Environment Group's International Boreal Conservation Campaign in Quebec, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Quebec government's introduction of legislation to protect half of northern Quebec - nearly 600,000 square kilometers, an area about the size of France - from all industrial activity. The legislation is a part of...

2012-03-23 06:20:37

Pew presses international body for better management of tuna, sharks, and illegal fishing GUAM, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Decisions affecting the world's largest tuna fishery, its biggest fish, and the economies of some of the smallest countries will be made when representatives of more than 25 governments gather for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual meeting from March 26-30. "These governments will make decisions about important...

2012-03-12 16:47:00

Conservationists, Fishermen Back Exclusive Funding Source for Ocean Fish Management WASHINGTON, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group commended Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), Scott Brown (R-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today for introducing the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act (FIRRA). A companion bill is expected in the House by Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Frank Guinta (R-NH). This...

2012-02-28 11:29:00

Project to Support Coastal Protection with Green Infrastructure WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael Beck, Ph.D., lead scientist of the Global Marine Team at The Nature Conservancy, has been awarded a 2012 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His project seeks to promote 'green infrastructure' as a strategy for adapting to climate change and to support ecosystem recovery to help make communities less vulnerable to current coastal hazards. "With the...

2012-02-28 11:19:00

Project to Predict Climate-Driven Changes in Fisheries WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stephan Munch, Ph.D., a research faculty member at UC Santa Cruz and a fisheries ecologist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been awarded a 2012 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His project will develop tools that predict changes in fish population demographics in response to climate change. "The Pew Marine Fellowship will allow me to conduct...