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September 2016

Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Resources for the Media

Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates from Central America to feed off California consists of only about 400 individuals.

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Conservationists Raise Alarm Over Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Nesting Numbers

By Resources for the Media, Sea Turtles

In the heels of the expansion of Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, new information released by federal researchers reveals a dangerous drop in the number of nesting Hawaiian green sea turtles. According to the NOAA Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program, nesting green sea turtle numbers dropped 84 percent compared to last year.

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Nuevo Estudio relaciona comer aletas y carne de tiburón a la enfermedad de Alzheimer.

By Resources for the Media, Sharks

Un nuevo estudio realizado por científicos de la Universidad de Miami ha encontrado altas concentraciones de toxinas relacionadas con el desarrollo de la enfermedad de Alzheimer en aletas y los músculos de 10 especies de tiburones. Esta última investigación se combina con los datos sobre los altos niveles de mercurio en la carne de tiburón y sus aletas produciendo la evidencia de que comer tiburón plantea serios riesgos para la salud humana.

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Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award

By Got Mercury?, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Resources for the Media, Sea Turtles, Sharks

This week Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award. The effective local ocean and marine conservation organization nominated Sen. Allen for his leadership introducing a bill to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly drift gillnets off our coast.

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