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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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Achieving Fish Biomass Targets: The Key to Securing a Sustainable Future For The Western Indian Ocean’s Coral Reefs
May 5, 2016— Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Queensland, James Cook University, and Macquarie University have completed a massive study that will help communities and countries of the Western Indian Ocean measure and restore fish populations while identifying the best policies for achieving global sustainable and conservation targets.
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Countdown to CITES
MAY 3, 2016 -- The world will gather for the first time since March 2013 for the CITES Conference of the Parties. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 5, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The agenda was released on May 2nd.
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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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Feb. 25, 2016 – The following statement was issued by Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper:

 

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Conservation groups call for more protection for rays as well as sharks in new 10-year strategy

San José, Costa Rica (February 15, 2016) – A group of experts from international conservation organizations is announcing a new strategy for combating the decline of sharks and closely related rays, while warning that the rays are even more threatened and less protected than the higher profile sharks.


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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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Scientists Discover Nursery Ground for Sand Tiger Sharks In Long Island’s Great South Bay
NEW YORK - January 5, 2016 - Scientists and veterinarians working for WCS’s New York Aquarium have discovered something noteworthy in the near shore waters of Long Island’s Great South Bay: a nursery ground for the sand tiger shark, a fearsome-looking but non-aggressive fish.
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Large Permanent Reserves Required For Effective Conservation of Old Fish
December 22, 2015— Permanent marine protected areas and wilderness—places where fish can grow old—are critical to the effective conservation of marine ecosystems according to a new study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, James Cook University, and Lancaster University.
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