Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to commercially trade shark fins in Texas. This makes Texas the 10th state in the United States that prohibits the sale, movement, trade etc. of shark fins.
fter years of working through United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process, the 27 non-profits that make up the High Seas Alliance finally convinced the United Nations General Assembly to begin work on a treat to better protect the High Seas and its marine biodiversity through a legally-binding treaty. The U.N. member states adopted the historic resolution on Friday, June 19, marking the shift to a new era of increased ocean governance of the High Seas.
Spring is turning into Summer on the Texas coast, and that means that nesting season for the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle is nearly at an end. Numbers are still rolling in as late-comers arrive to mate and lay their eggs, but the data is promising.
I am personally thankful for the commitment many individuals contributed to this program as citizen scientists. I’d like to personally thank Bob Minekheim, Valeria Briones, Andrew Hoxsey, Nik Bertulis, Ron Ortman, Katie Norris, Graham Norris, Connor Norris, Frederic Leist, Shannon Savage, Charlotte Dohrn, Micah Lewis and his middle school class, and the Patagonia Worn Wear crew…
The Sea Party Coalition represents coastal and inland cities and towns, businesses, fishermen, surfers, divers, boaters and other concerned citizens regardless of political affiliation who support a healthy and vibrant coastal economy and oppose proposed new oil surveying and drilling along the Atlantic Coast and in the U.S. Arctic Ocean.
The Louisiana House on Tuesday voted 100-0 to repeal a 1987 state law that prohibits Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.
The bill has been sent to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has 20 days to sign or veto it.
The governors of two important Gulf of Mexico states – Texas and Louisiana – face pivotal decisions surrounding marine wildlife. In both states legislators have voted in favor of protecting ocean wildlife, now all eyes are on Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
A consortium of conservation and environmental groups are praising the Texas projects identified in the latest Early Restoration Plan proposed by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) trustees.