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Scientists in Fiji Examine How Forest Conservation Helps Coral Reefs

Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups are discovering how forest conservation in Fiji can minimize the impact of human activities on coral reefs and their fish populations.


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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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WCS Statement on House Passage of Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization
Since 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and measures added in its 1996 and 2006 reauthorizations, have been a cornerstone of US ocean conservation. 
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WCS Joins NYC Council Member Espinal at Rally in Support of Single-Use Plastic Straw Ban
A coalition of over 100 advocates attended a press conference and rally on June 21st in support of Intro No. 936, legislation first introduced on May 23, 2018 by Council Member Espinal (Brooklyn- East New York, Bushwick, Cypress Hills) to ban plastic straws and stirrers in New York City eating and drinking establishments.
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WCS Criticizes the Elimination of U.S. National Ocean Policy, Undermining the Health of the Ocean
WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli issued the following statement concerning rescission of the U.S. National Ocean Policy:
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Ocean Wonders: Sharks! to Open Sat., June 30 at WCS's New York Aquarium
The Wildlife Conservation Society will hold a grand opening of its New York Aquarium’s Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  
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Study in Fiji Finds That Removing Sea Cucumbers Spells Trouble for Shallow Coastal Waters

NEW YORK (June 5, 2018)—The lowly sea cucumber strikes observers as a simple sausage-like creature, one that is far less interesting than brightly colored reef fish or color-changing octopi that share its coastal habitat. The sea cucumber’s unimpressive appearance belies the outsized role these creatures play in converting decomposing organic matter into recyclable nutrients and keeping coastal ecosystems healthy and clean, and overfishing them can have negative impacts on coastal marine environments, according to a new study focusing on a species of sea cucumber called a sandfish in the journal PeerJ.

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GIVE A SIP: WCS Launches Campaign to Support Bill Eliminating Plastic Straws in New York City
NEW YORK (May 23, 2018) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) kicked off its Give a Sip campaign today to support a bill introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinal that will eliminate the use of most single-use plastic straws in New York City.
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Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act advances through Senate committee
WASHINGTON (May 22, 2018) – Today, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to advance S.2764, the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act, to the full Senate for consideration.
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New Animation Highlights Danger Of Plastic in the World’s Oceans
New York (April 6, 2018) – A group of teens led by inaugural New York Aquarium artist-in-residence Christy Gast has produced a video that provides a cautionary tale of a future dominated by an artificially produced and frequently discarded material—plastic.
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