Lawsuit Filed To Protect Atlantic White Marlin From Longline fishing

By Sea Turtles

Two environmental organizations filed suit in Federal District Court today seeking to protect the Atlantic white marlin under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). The suit, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network was brought against the National Marine Fisheries Service, (“NMFS”), an agency within the Department of Commerce charged with managing fisheries and protecting marine species under the ESA.

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NOAA Longline Study A Step in the Right Direction

By Sea Turtles

JANUARY 5, 2004—The California based environmental organization Sea Turtle Restoration Project compliments the “Northeast Distant Fishery Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Project” announced yesterday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a move in the right direction to solve the problem of sea turtle bycatch. However, the plan itself will not stop the slide of the leatherback sea turtle toward extinction.

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Court Ruling Challenges Widespread County Planning Practices

By Uncategorized

In a victory for local environmentalists seeking to protect endangered species habitat, Marin County Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee has issued a Tentative Ruling against the County of Marin, the Board of Supervisors and landowner Joshua Hedlund. If allowed to stand, and if subsequently pursued by Marin environmental organizations, the ruling could be a cornerstone for widespread changes in County planning practices.

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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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