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WCS Praises New Regional Ocean Action Plan Made by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body

Bronx, N.Y. – Dec. 12, 2016 – The following statement was issued by WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli at the Wildlife Conservation Society:

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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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White Shark Pups Tagged and Released For The First Time Off Long Island
Montauk, a 50-pound, 4-foot female white shark, and Hudson, a 67-pound, 5-foot male white shark, are the first two white sharks tagged by the shark-tagging partnership in New York waters. The tags on these young-of-the-year sharks will allow scientists to track their movements up and down the coast for the next several years.

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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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New York’s Little Fishes Get Big Support from the Public
Brooklyn, N.Y.  – July 14, 2016- More than 5,000 people took a stand to protect some little fishes and invertebrates that live right off the coast of New York, New Jersey, and the Mid Atlantic: Forage species including false albacore, sand lance, and krill. Forage species are a critical link in the healthy functioning of marine food webs in all coastal and ocean habitats of the Mid-Atlantic and around the world.

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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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Study: Jamaica Bay Wetlands Younger than Previously Thought
(June 16, 2016) –Jamaica Bay’s wetland islands may be just 200 to 230 years old – much younger than was once thought – according to a WCS study that is providing a rare historical glimpse into the bay’s past.   The study appears in online edition of the journal Northeastern Naturalist.

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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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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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A Construction Milestone is Celebrated at WCS's New York Aquarium
Coney Island, NY – July 1, 2015 – The construction of a new exhibit at the WCS New York Aquarium, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, has risen high above the Coney Island Boardwalk.

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