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2011-10-21 14:35:00

Pew says ending finning a good step, but does not save sharks WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement by the Taiwan Fisheries Agency that it will impose a ban next year on shark finning--the practice of slicing off the animal's fins on-board and then throwing away the body at sea--and mandate that sharks are landed with their...

2011-10-21 14:16:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program, issued the following statement regarding today's ruling from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which was issued to protect nearly 60 million acres of America's national forests. "Today's decision is among the most significant conservation victories in several decades. It reinforces the roadless rule as...

2011-10-18 23:00:00

Pew calls for more action to protect depleted species WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten months after releasing a landmark report revealing the planet's top 20 shark-fishing catchers, the Pew Environment Group is expressing concern about new images and video taken in Taiwan that detail the expansive and unregulated nature of shark fishing globally. The depictions show fins and body parts of biologically vulnerable shark species, such as scalloped hammerhead and...

2011-10-18 08:37:00

141 percent more Atlantic bluefin traded than allowed to be caught WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new analysis commissioned by the Pew Environment Group finds that the amount of eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna traded on the global market in 2010 exceeded the official quota by 141 percent. Two years earlier, the amount traded exceeded the quota by 31 percent. These figures do not account for "black market" bluefin missing from official databases. This analysis...

2011-10-05 13:19:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jane Danowitz, Pew Environment Group's director of U.S. public lands, issued the following statement in response to today's House Natural Resources Committee 26-17 vote to approve H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. The proposed legislation would waive 36 environmental and other laws for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol activities on public lands within 100 miles of U.S. borders. "This legislation represents...

2011-09-29 12:25:00

Pew Supports Observer Option to Reduce Industrial Fishing's Environmental Damage DANVERS, Mass., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter Baker, director of the Pew Environment Group's Northeast Fisheries Program and the Herring Alliance, issued the following statement today in response to the New England Fishery Management Council's decision to seek public input on a long-awaited set of proposed regulations that would be included under Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery...

2011-09-28 15:37:00

VANCOUVER, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In just three minutes, participants at today's Google Earth Outreach Canada launch will get a nonstop, coast-to-coast, interactive experience with the earth's "green halo," the boreal forest. The Pew Environment Group tour lets anyone with a computer hover over the vast northern forests and waterways to learn about an ecosystem that stores twice as much carbon per acre as tropical rainforests, holds more freshwater than any other...

2011-09-26 11:00:00

Independent Review Lists Recommendations to Guide Conservation, Drilling Decisions WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group and Ocean Conservancy released a white paper today recommending concrete steps the Obama administration should take to address science gaps and inform conservation and development decisions in America's Arctic Ocean. The white paper is the work of 14 scientists, all experts in Arctic marine ecosystems. "When it comes to the...

2011-09-23 15:25:00

Regional Fishery Management Organization Extends Timeline of Area Closures, but Fails to Fully Implement U.N. Resolution HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 33(rd) annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) ended today with countries failing to agree on significant, additional measures to safeguard vulnerable deep-sea marine ecosystems. While NAFO has made progress since 2006 in closing certain seamounts and areas of corals and...

2011-09-22 14:27:00

Bahamas, Colombia, Honduras, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, and Palau Commit to More Sanctuaries; International Action NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders from eight countries launched an initiative today to prevent the extinction of sharks, symbolizing the latest development in the growing movement to safeguard the ocean's top predator. Members of the coalition committed to a declaration supporting the development of sanctuaries that end commercial...