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Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential
March 22, 2017--Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

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Coral Bleaching Ready for Crowdsourcing Solution
March 21, 2017 – Savvy divers with just a pencil and an underwater slate can now participate in a WCS-led initiative to record coral bleaching observations around the world.  

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New Report Says St. Barthélemy’s Ecosystems are Reaching Critical Thresholds
February 28, 2017 – A new report says St-Barthélemy’s environment may be rapidly degrading, with major impacts stemming from land-based pollution, urbanization, and overfishing.

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Hudson Canyon Added to U.S. Government’s Inventory For Potential National Marine Sanctuary Sites
February 28, 2017–WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for its recent decision to add the Hudson Canyon—the East Coast’s largest submarine canyon—to the inventory of sites now under consideration for National Marine Sanctuary status.

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Government of Myanmar Unveils New Plan To Protect Marine Wildlife and Resources
BALI (February 23-24, 2017) – The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country’s diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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Categories: Marine, Asia, Myanmar

Saving the Whales in Ship-filled Seas Under Examination by Scientists & Decision-makers at UN
February 16, 2017 – Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations on Wednesday, February 15th to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that overlap with shipping lanes vital to the economies of many of the world’s nations.

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WCS Applauds New International Agreement to Protect Polar Regions
January 19, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the International Maritime Organization and partners for the development and implementation of the “Polar Code,” a binding international agreement that will help ensure the safety of mariners operating in polar waters, and the protection of both the Arctic and Antarctic’s marine environment from the risks of vessel activities.

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Triggerfish Needed to Grow Reefs, New Research Finds

November 30, 2016—A study of complex coral reef ecosystems in the western Indian Ocean found that one species of fish—the orange-lined triggerfish—may play a significant role in maintaining a reef’s ability to thrive and grow, according to investigations by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles
November 29, 2016—A new generation of threatened hawksbill sea turtles is thriving in the protected waters of Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize, evidence that efforts to protect these and other marine species in one of the world’s great barrier reef systems are working, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Belize Fisheries Department. 

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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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