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Fiji’s Bua Province Plans to Stop Overfishing and Logging
September 12, 2016--Communities in Fiji’s Bua Province are taking action to address the effects of overfishing and other unsustainable practices in the biodiverse but fragile land and marine ecosystems of Vanua Levu, according to the Fiji Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
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WCS Applauds President Obama for Bringing Strong Conservation Message to Hawai’i
HONOLULU, Hawai’i (September 1, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded President Obama’s remarks to leaders from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and attendees of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The following statement was released by Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress: “WCS applauds President Obama for bringing attention to climate change’s immediate effects on Pacific Island na...
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WCS Reports Organized Poaching is Decimating Madagascar’s Sea Turtles
September 1, 2016 – The illegal hunting of Madagascar’s sea turtles is reaching a crisis level as a result of organized trafficking networks says a team of WCS conservationists.
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OCEARCH Honors Partnership with WCS by Naming Tagged Shark -- Teddy

August 25, 2016—A juvenile white shark, being tracked via satellite in the New York seascape, has been named after Theodore Roosevelt, the US president who appointed the committee in 1894 asking New York State to establish a zoological society in New York City -- which through the years developed into the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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GUNS, NETS, AND BULLDOZERS: Three Quarters of the World’s Threatened Species are Imperiled from Agriculture, Land Conversion, Overharvesting

August 10, 2016 -- Less than a month away from the kick-off of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into agricultural lands and overharvesting their populations.

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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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WCS Statement on Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016
June 22, 2016 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauds Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Reps. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP) and Ed Royce (R-CA) for their  introduction of the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016.
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Belize Implements National Sustainable Fisheries Reforms
 June 15, 2016 -- This week Belize becomes the first country in the world to adopt a national, multispecies secure fishing rights program for all of its small-scale fisheries.
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Fishing Prohibitions Produce More Sharks Along With Problems for Fishing Communities, Scientists Find

June 8, 2016 – Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia’s shark sanctuary: It’s good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions.The bad news: People who rely on shark fishing for their livelihoods have few other options but to fish in unprotected areas when fishing closures are put in place.

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Bust of High-Level Ring Laundering Large Marine Animals Leads to Release of 2 Whale Sharks Back Into the Wild
Indonesian government agencies, supported by the Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) of the Wildlife Conservation Society, confiscated and released back into the wild two illegally caught whale sharks from a major supplier of large marine megafauna to the international wildlife trade.
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