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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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·      Participants will make Valentine’s Day cards featuring aquatic themes ·      Aquarium manages special breeding programs that help protect species whose populations are threatened or declining in the wild ·      More information about the program is available online at www.nyaquarium.com   Brooklyn, N.Y. – Feb. 11, 2015 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Ne...
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New York’s Little-Known Corals Get Much-Needed Public Support
More than 120,000 people took a stand to protect a little known natural wonder right off the coast of New York, New Jersey, and the Mid Atlantic: Deep-sea corals found right off  our coastlines, including in underwater canyons.
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Our staff photographer Julie Larsen Maher recently snapped this great shot of a humpback whale off the NY coast, but such a sighting is not as rare as you may think.
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