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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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BAN THE BEADS: Microbeads-Free Waters Act Passes the Senate, on its Way to Becoming Law
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2015) – The Senate voiced its support for cleaner waterways and healthy wildlife by passing the Microbeads-Free Waters Act. The legislation, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) in the House, bans the use of tiny plastic particles from use in certain personal care products that are harming aquatic wildlife and polluting waterways. The vote follows passage by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill will now go to the President for signature.
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Punta Fuego Celebrates a Successful First Season as Belize’s Hottest Radio Drama
Belize City, Belize, December 16 — The first season of Punta Fuego may have come to a close, but thanks to its roaring success it will officially be back on air next June! By the end of its first season the hit radio show has given us many causes for celebration, including elevating the importance of ordinary Belizean fishers and of sustainable fishing practices.
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WCS Applauds House’s Passage of the Microbeads-Free Waters Act

WASHINGTON (December 7, 2015) – Today, the House of Representatives took a step toward cleaner waterways and healthy wildlife by passing the Microbeads-Free Waters Act [by unanimous consent?]. The bill, led by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), contains needed restrictions on the tiny pollutants contained in personal care products that are harming wildlife across the country.

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Chile to Create Patagonia Marine Protected Area Network

NEW YORK (October 6, 2015)—The Government of Chile announced today at the Our Oceans Summit in Valparaiso its plan to design a network of Marine Protected Areas for the purpose of safeguarding Patagonia’s whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds and other coastal biodiversity, an initiative that would expand the country’s protected waters by 100,000 square kilometers (more than 38,000 square miles).


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June 2, 2015 - WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium will hold a special celebration in advance of the United Nations’ World Oceans Day the weekend of June 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
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Successes in the Bronx River offer best practices that can be replicated in other communitiesBronx, NY – Oct. 23, 2014 – For more than ten years a coalition of community and government partners have been working together to restore the Bronx River – a project that has resulted in cleaner rivers, vibrant ecosystem, numerous education initiatives, and improved access to one of New York City’s richest natural resources. Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adm...
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New York (August 28, 2014)—A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions. Many vital ecological functions of ocean ecology a...
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Through his conservation work, Steve Zack, WCS Coordinator of Bird Conservation, has learned quite a bit about the Southern Ocean and the seabirds that call it home. Since he began his work in 1990, these species and the environment they live in have come under significant threats.
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