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Fifteen Shark Species Now Defined as Critically Endangered
The release last week of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN's) assessment of giant guitarfish and wedgefish identifies these flattened sharks as the world's most threatened marine fish.
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Gearing Up for Reporting on CITES – A Cheat Sheet

All You Need to Know about the Aug. 17-28 Wildlife Trade Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

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The Government of Bangladesh announced the declaration of the Nijhum Dwip Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the northern Bay of Bengal to safeguard critical spawning grounds for the country’s most valuable fish species and some of the world’s largest populations of endangered dolphins, porpoises, sharks, rays, and marine turtles.

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WCS Malaysia Lauds Sarawak State Government for Commitment to Protect Luconia Shoals
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) lauds the Sarawak Government for gazetting Luconia Shoals as a marine national park effective 18 October last year and formally published in the Sarawak Gazette on 17 January 2019. Located in the South China Sea over the Sunda Continental Shelf in the Malaysian Exclusive Economic Zone, Luconia Shoals is the largest marine national park in the country at over 1 million hectares.
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Over 2,200 “Run for the Wild” in Malaysia

Over 2,200 runners and volunteers from 24 countries worldwide have Run for the Wild organized to support the conservation of orang-utans, sharks and rays -- an annual run organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) in partnership with Swinburne Sarawak and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.

 

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Op-Ed: Indonesia Sets Example for Global Shark Conservation
As the global Our Ocean Conference opens in Bali, Indonesia, WCS's Noviar Andayani and Hollie Booth discuss the critical importance of shark and ray conservation in an op-ed for the Jakarta Post.
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Study Discovers Just 13 Percent of World’s Oceans are “Wilderness”

An international study published today in the journal Current Biology discovered that only 13 percent of the ocean can still be classified as wilderness.

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July 10, 2017 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s five zoological parks in New York City, the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo are joining 19 Association of Zoos and Aquariums parks nationwide to announce the launch of a consumer campaign and business commitment to drive a shift away from using single-use plastics.
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UN Ocean Conference: Plenary of June 9, 2017: WCS Calls for United Global Action to Save the World’s Oceans
June 9, 2017 – The following statement was issued today by Wildlife Conservation Society VP of International Policy Sue Lieberman on the closing day of the United Nations Ocean Conference, June 5-9.
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WCS’s New York Aquarium Trashing Trash on World Oceans Day
June 8, 2017 – A team of staff, volunteers, partners and educators from WCS’s New York Aquarium cleaned the beach at Kaiser Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn today to celebrate World Oceans Day
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