Forest Knolls, California—New proposed guidelines issued last December by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to address the plight of critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles is set for a vote March 7-11. Specifically, the guidelines recommend that fisheries posing the greatest threats should be subjected to “temporary and spatially-limited controls.” The recommendation to limit fishing in certain areas is welcomed by environmentalists who urge the UN to specifically identify and take action on some of the hot spots of turtle-fishing interaction.
California Court of Appeals Consents to Conservationists Request to Publish Important Decision. San Francisco, CA– After a unanimous decision by the California Court of Appeals confirming its violation of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) in the “SPAWN et al vs the County of Marin and Josh Hedlund” in December 2004, the County of Marin petitioned the Court for a rehearing which was denied on January 18, 2005.
World renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has added her voice to 1007 international scientists from 93 countries who are urging the UN to implement a moratorium on longline fishing in the Pacific Ocean to prevent the extinction of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle. The scientists are joined by 282 non-governmental organizations from 60 countries. The list of signers includes biologist E.O. Wilson, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and former U.S. astronaut Bernard Harris, Jr. M.D.
Program Broadcast Nationwide Andy Peri of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project’s Mercury Awareness Program was featured in the second half of this week’s Ecotalk episode broadcast nationwide on Air America….
Forest Knolls, California—New proposed guidelines issued today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have repeated the recommendation of an earlier panel of experts that immediate attention be given to the plight of critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Specifically, the report recommended that fisheries posing the greatest threats should be subjected to “temporary and spatially-limited controls.” Environmentalists are welcoming the recommendation to limit fishing in certain areas, and are urging the UN to specifically identify and take action on some of the hot spots of turtle-fishing interaction
Ruling by California Court of Appeals Requires CEQA Review for New House in Sensitive Creekside Habitat. San Francisco, CA– In a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling by Marin Superior Court 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.
(Forest Knolls, CA)-—New fishery observer data has shown that every endangered olive ridley sea turtle caught by the Hawaiian longline tuna fleet was killed. Additionally, because the fishery has exceeded its annual legal allowable catch and kill limits of threatened olive ridley sea turtles, environmentalists are urging the closure of the fishery and a more comprehensive solution to protect marine life which includes a United Nations Pacific-wide moratorium on industrial longline fishing.
San Francisco, CA – In another victory for public health, Morton’s Steakhouse of New York has removed swordfish from its menu. Morton’s move marks the second major American restaurant chain to remove swordfish from its menu in just over a year. In the Fall of 2003, Red Lobster removed swordfish from its menu as a result of a national campaign calling for its removal due to high levels of mercury.
Forest Knolls, CA — The nonprofit Sea Turtle Restoration Project has released the new documentary, Last Journey for the Leatherback? by the Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stan Minasian (dir. The Last Days of the Dolphins?, The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home). Last Journey for the Leatherback? will make its worldwide television premiere to 24 million U.S. homes on Link TV (DIRECTV channel 375 and Dish Network channel 9410) on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 20.00 (EST). The film will also air three more times on Saturday, December 11.
Andy Peri of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project was interviewed with Bonnie Jean Primbsch on KUSP’s Talk of the Bay on December 6, 2004. Click here to listen to the…