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International Coalition Praises UN, Calls for Immediate Moratorium on Pacific Longline Fishing

By Sea Turtles, Sharks

San Francisco, CA –Today, the UN General Assembly will vote on a resolution encouraging the “banning [of] directed shark fisheries” (Para 48), and “action to reduce or eliminate by-catch…to conserve non-target species taken incidentally in fishing operations” (paras 34-35 ) such as sea turtles, marine mammals and other species.

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Federal Fisheries Agency Sued for Failure to Protect Hawai‘i’s False Killer Whales from Longliners

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds

Honolulu, HI – A coalition of local fishing and environmental groups sued the National Marines Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) in federal court today for its failure to protect the Hawai‘i population of false killer whales from the Hawaii’s industrial longline fishing fleet. NMFS has estimated the population of false killer whales in the waters around Hawai`i at about 83 whales.

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Federal Fisheries Agency Sued for Failure to Protect Hawai‘i’s False Killer Whales from Longliners

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles

Honolulu, HI – A coalition of local fishing and environmental groups sued the National Marines Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) in federal court today for its failure to protect the Hawai‘i population of false killer whales from the Hawaii’s industrial longline fishing fleet. NMFS has estimated the population of false killer whales

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County of Marin Found to Be in Violation of CEQA in Approving New House on Sensitive Creekside Habitat

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Marin Superior Court Judge Stops Creekside Development Along San Geronimo Creek in West Marin. Marin County, CA– Late Friday afternoon (11/07/03) Marin Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee ruled last week that the County of Marin was in violation of CEQA(California Environmental Quality Act) when they approved the development of a new house in “sensitive creekside habitat” without first completing the proper environmental review.

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Lawsuit filed to Save Okinawan Dugong from Extinction

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles

A coalition of conservation groups from both sides of the Pacific Rim filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the US Department of Defense over plans to construct a new heliport facility on a coral reef on the east coast of Okinawa, Japan. Conservationists are concerned that the proposed 1.5 mile long airbase to be built on reclaimed land over a coral reef will destroy the remaining habitat of the endangered Okinawa dugong, a relative of the manatee, and a cultural icon of the Okinawan people.

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