Draft Environmental Assessment, Habitat Conservation Plan, And Application For An Incidental Take Permit For Piping Plover, Massachusetts Division Of Fisheries And Wildlife

2016-01-22T11:03:59+00:00 January 22, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) The piping plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or USFWS), have received an application from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MADFW) for [...]

Obama Steers Climate Battle “Upstream” With New Coal Policy

2016-01-22T10:47:21+00:00 January 22, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Emissions from coal fired power plant. (Credit: Emilian Robert Vicol/Flickr) The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has hal­ted new leases for coal min­ing on fed­er­al lands as it launches a multi-year re­view of the pro­gram, which crit­ics have long called a tax­pay­er rip-off and a threat to the cli­mate.(From the National Journal) -- The or­der an­nounced [...]

More Plastic Than Fish In The Oceans By 2050, Report Warns

2016-01-28T16:31:12+00:00 January 21, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Credit: Steven Guerrisi/ Flickr) Oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 unless the world takes radical action to stop rubbish leaking into the seas, a major new report has warned.(From the Telegraph) -- At least 8 million tonnes of plastic already ends up in the ocean [...]

Ocean Current In Gulf Of Mexico Linked To Red Tide

2016-01-21T12:01:30+00:00 January 21, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Florida red tide is a harmful algal bloom produced by the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis that causes respiratory impairment in humans and marine life, and is responsible for shellfish poisoning. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) A new study found that a major ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico plays an important role in [...]

World’s Oceans Are Warming Quicker And Deeper, Scientists Say

2016-01-21T13:14:41+00:00 January 21, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Global mean land-ocean temperature changes from 1880, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. (Credit: NASA GISS) The Earth's oceans are absorbing more and more heat from a warming world, and the pace of the temperature rise [...]

30 Percent Of Global Fish Catch Is Unreported, Study Finds

2016-01-21T13:12:12+00:00 January 21, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) 32 million metric tons of fish goes unreported every year, more than the weight of the entire population of the United States. (Credit: Pexels) Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch .(From Science [...]

Animals Die In Large Numbers, And Researchers Scratch Their Heads

2016-01-21T13:11:40+00:00 January 21, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) The latest victims are common murres in the Northeast Pacific. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Are die-offs occurring more often?(From the New York Times/by James Gorman) --  To the casual reader, it can certainly seem that reports emerge on a regular basis of thousands of animals of a species suddenly dying.The latest victims [...]

Killer Whales Risk Extinction Off Europe From Banned Chemicals

2016-01-21T13:10:50+00:00 January 21, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Killer whales are at risk of extinction off industrialized regions of Europe from poisonous chemicals banned decades ago that are still leaching into the seas, scientists said on Thursday. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Killer whales are at risk of extinction off industrialized regions of Europe from poisonous chemicals banned decades ago that [...]

Nominations For The General Advisory Committee And The Scientific Advisory Subcommittee To The United States Delegation To The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

2016-01-20T18:36:15+00:00 January 20, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus, are a highly migratory species. (Credit: NOAA) NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. delegation to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC or Commission), as well as to a Scientific Advisory Subcommittee of the [...]

Final Listing Determinations On Proposal To List The Banggai Cardinalfish And Harrisson's Dogfish Under The Endangered Species Act

2016-01-20T15:36:22+00:00 January 20, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) (Wikimedia Commons) In response to a petition, we, NMFS, issue a final rule to list the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).(From the Federal Register) -- We have also determined that the proposed listing of Harrisson's dogfish shark (Centrophorus [...]

Final Listing Determinations On Proposal To List The Banggai Cardinalfish And Harrisson’s Dogfish Under The Endangered Species Act

2016-01-20T15:36:22+00:00 January 20, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) (Wikimedia Commons) In response to a petition, we, NMFS, issue a final rule to list the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).(From the Federal Register) -- We have also determined that the proposed listing of Harrisson's dogfish shark (Centrophorus [...]

U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission; Annual Taking Limit For The Alaska-hukotka Polar Bear Population

2016-01-20T14:36:24+00:00 January 20, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) This annual taking limit, which corresponds with the annual sustainable harvest level for this population, is 58 polar bears per year, of which no more than 19 will be females. (Credit (Wikimedia Commons) On October 22, 2015, the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission (Commission), established under the Agreement Between the Government of the [...]

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