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WASHINGTON (May 15, 2017) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) raised concerns about a Department of the Interior order last week that could reopen offshore seismic testing for oil and gas in parts of the Atlantic Ocean. The directive follows an executive order that encouraged increased offshore oil and gas development, including seismic surveys, and reverses an Obama Administration order in January that denied such survey permits.

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New York Seascape Marine Life Now Revealed At Brooklyn Bridge Park Photo Exhibition
New York - May 9, 2017 – Brooklyn residents and visitors can get close-up glimpses of the region’s most mysterious inhabitants at Underwater Wildlife New York, a photo exhibit now underway at Brooklyn Bridge Park that showcases the region’s most fascinating marine species.
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Saving the Whales in Ship-filled Seas Under Examination by Scientists & Decision-makers at UN
February 16, 2017 – Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations on Wednesday, February 15th to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that overlap with shipping lanes vital to the economies of many of the world’s nations.
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WCS Applauds New International Agreement to Protect Polar Regions
January 19, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the International Maritime Organization and partners for the development and implementation of the “Polar Code,” a binding international agreement that will help ensure the safety of mariners operating in polar waters, and the protection of both the Arctic and Antarctic’s marine environment from the risks of vessel activities.
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Massive Genetic Study of Humpback Whales To Inform Conservation Assessments of Ocean Giants
January 9, 2017 – Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for the purpose of clarifying management decisions in the Southern Hemisphere and supporting calls to protect unique and threatened populations, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, and other organizations.
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Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and WCS announce first branded traceable certified wool from Península Valdés
Puerto Madryn, Argentina (November 4, 2016)—The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and WCS-Argentina are pleased to announce traceable Certified Wildlife Friendly® wool—part of the “Patagonian Fibers with a Conscience” program—from the "Merino de Peninsula Valdés” ranchers who raise wool in coexistence with wildlife on Peninsula Valdés. The traceable certified wool is now available for purchase through a new online portal.  
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Jason Patlis Hired as Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation Program
Bronx, NY (November 1, 2016) – Jason Patlis, a leading marine policy expert, has been hired to head the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program, which has projects in more than 20 countries around the globe.
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First Whale Detected by Newly Deployed Acoustic Buoy in New York Bight, and Scientists Say It’s a Big One!
New York (July 28, 2016) – A new acoustic buoy recently deployed by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium to listen for some of the world’s biggest animals in the New York Bight has detected its first whale species, and it’s a really big one.
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Right Whales Threatened by Planned Seismic Surveys Along Mid- and Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, Say Scientists
April 14, 2016—A series of seismic surveys for oil and gas planned for the mid- and southeastern Atlantic coastal areas of the United States pose a substantial threat to one of the world’s most endangered whale species, according to a group of renowned marine mammal scientists urging a halt to the surveys in a statement released today.
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Marine Vessel Tracking System Also a Lifesaver for Wildlife
February 11, 2016 - A new paper from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), in partnership with researchers and practitioners from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Space Quest, Google, and SkyTruth, reviews  the use of a maritime vessel communication and navigational safety system  that is not only effective in protecting people, but wildlife such as whales, walruses, and other wildlife species as well. 
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