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February 10, 2015
New York’s Little-Known Corals Get Much-Needed Public Support
More than 120,000 people took a stand to protect a little known natural wonder right off the coast of New York, New Jersey, and the Mid Atlantic: Deep-sea corals found right off our coastlines, including in underwater canyons.
February 04, 2015
Government of Madagascar Creates Country’s First Shark Sanctuary
The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them.
December 23, 2014
WCS and Woods Hole Launch NY Whale Study
WCS’s New York Aquarium Launches a Joint Venture with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to Better Understand and Minimize Threats to Whales in New York Bight.
November 12, 2014
In Indonesia, Largest-Ever Confiscation of Illegal Manta Ray Parts by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit Assists Ministry in Bust Arrest marks latest enforcement action of Indonesia’s recent national protection of manta rays Indonesia operates largest known shark and ray fisheries on earth NEW YORK (November 12, 2014) – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia and the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Wildlife Crimes Unit announced the largest confiscation of illegal manta ray parts as part of...
November 12, 2014
Government of Gabon Announces the Decision to Create A New Marine Protected Area Network -- Covering About 23 percent of Gabon's Territorial Waters and EEZ
Announcement Made at Start of IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, AustraliaCoastal conservation efforts echo terrestrial national park system created in 2002 “Gabon will become the first Central African Nation to protect its marine resources with the establishment of a marine protected area network,” said John Robinson, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science and IUCN Vice PresidentSydney, Australia (November 12, 2014)—The Government of Gabon has anno...
November 10, 2014
Historic Advances in International Shark and Ray Conservation
Twenty-one species listed under Convention on Migratory Species Quito, Ecuador. November 9, 2014. Conservationists are rejoicing at the listing of 21 species of sharks and rays under the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), made official today in the final plenary session of the Conference of Parties (CoP). With these listings, member countries agreed to grant strict protection to the reef manta, the nine devil rays, and the five sawfishes, and committed to work internation...
November 03, 2014
Bangladesh Creates New Marine Protected Area For Dolphins, Whales, Sharks, and Sea Turtles
“Swatch of No Ground Marine Protected Area” is Bangladesh’s first MPA New marine protected area announced as run-up to World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia (Nov. 12-19) New York (November 3, 2014)—The Government of Bangladesh has created the country’s first marine protected area that will now safeguard whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other oceanic species, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The creation of the “Swatch of No Ground Marine Protected Area” occu...
September 30, 2014
In Indonesia, a Major Arrest of Manta Ray Trader by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit assists Ministry in bustArrest marks first-ever enforcement action of Indonesia’s recent national protection of manta raysIndonesia operates largest known shark and ray fisheries on earthNEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 30, 2014) – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today the first-ever series of enforcement actions against a trader of sharks and rays in Indonesia...
August 29, 2014
Humpbacks in New York
Our staff photographer Julie Larsen Maher recently snapped this great shot of a humpback whale off the NY coast, but such a sighting is not as rare as you may think.
August 28, 2014
A Big Bight: Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Photo of Humpback Whales in NYC Waters
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Aug. 28, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding yesterday less than six miles from New York City. Waters off New York City and the greater New York Bight serve as a feeding ground, nursery, and migratory corridor for many species of marine life including whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, and sea birds. WCS’s New York Seascape program works to restore healthy populations of these species and protect New York marine waters, which are vital to...
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