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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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The New York Aquariums Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Opens Today

Coney Island, NY, June 30, 2018 -- The stunning new Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit opened today at the New York Aquarium.


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WCS, Coney Island Community, and City of New York Celebrate Ribbon Cutting of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at the New York Aquarium

The three-story, 57,500-square-foot exhibit building, with 9 dynamic galleries, will drive awareness of the importance of sharks to the health of the world’s ocean; educate visitors about the severe threats sharks face; and inspire guests to protect the surprisingly diverse and beautiful marine wildlife here in New York.  

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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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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is holding a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, for the opening of the Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit at the New York Aquarium.    

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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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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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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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New York Seascape Map Receives Honorable Mention By British Cartographic Society
October 30, 2017 – A new map produced by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s New York Aquarium and the National Geographic Partners has been recognized by the prestigious British Cartographic Society (BCS) for successfully conveying the oceanographic complexity and wealth of marine life found in New York Bight.
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