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WCS Joins NYC Council Member Espinal at Rally in Support of Single-Use Plastic Straw Ban
A coalition of over 100 advocates attended a press conference and rally on June 21st in support of Intro No. 936, legislation first introduced on May 23, 2018 by Council Member Espinal (Brooklyn- East New York, Bushwick, Cypress Hills) to ban plastic straws and stirrers in New York City eating and drinking establishments.
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WCS Criticizes the Elimination of U.S. National Ocean Policy, Undermining the Health of the Ocean
WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli issued the following statement concerning rescission of the U.S. National Ocean Policy:
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Global Study Finds Marine Reserves are Partially Effective
A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas fail to protect many endangered species - but are a vast improvement over having no protection.
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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is holding a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, for the opening of the Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit at the New York Aquarium.    

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New Research in Kenya Finds Sweet Spot for Harvesting Reef Fish
An age-old challenge of determining the right amount of fish to harvest from the sea has finally been overcome with the creation of a new biomass-yield model that captures all the necessary factors for accuracy, according to a new WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) study.  The study titled “Multicriteria estimate of coral reef fishery sustainability” appears online in the journal Fish and Fisheries. Knowing the highest volume of fish that can be taken from coral reefs without ...
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Ocean Wonders: Sharks! to Open Sat., June 30 at WCS's New York Aquarium
The Wildlife Conservation Society will hold a grand opening of its New York Aquarium’s Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  
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Study in Fiji Finds That Removing Sea Cucumbers Spells Trouble for Shallow Coastal Waters

NEW YORK (June 5, 2018)—The lowly sea cucumber strikes observers as a simple sausage-like creature, one that is far less interesting than brightly colored reef fish or color-changing octopi that share its coastal habitat. The sea cucumber’s unimpressive appearance belies the outsized role these creatures play in converting decomposing organic matter into recyclable nutrients and keeping coastal ecosystems healthy and clean, and overfishing them can have negative impacts on coastal marine environments, according to a new study focusing on a species of sea cucumber called a sandfish in the journal PeerJ.

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GIVE A SIP: WCS Launches Campaign to Support Bill Eliminating Plastic Straws in New York City
NEW YORK (May 23, 2018) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) kicked off its Give a Sip campaign today to support a bill introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinal that will eliminate the use of most single-use plastic straws in New York City.
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Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act advances through Senate committee
WASHINGTON (May 22, 2018) – Today, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to advance S.2764, the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act, to the full Senate for consideration.
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Scientists Discover Balance of Thermal Energy and Low Climate Stress Drive Coral Species Diversity
May 1, 2018 – Marine scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Warwick, and University of Queensland have identified two key factors that create the ideal conditions needed for high species diversity in coral reefs: thermal energy in the form of warm water and low climate stress. 
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