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NOAA Shifting to Industry Control Over Fishing Observers Death Knell for Independent Monitoring of Marine Mammal and Over-Fishing

From the Marine Fish Conservation Network:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 24, 2007 WASHINGTON – September 24 – A plan to put substantially more fishing observers under direct industry control precludes independent monitoring and saps protections for shrinking fish populations, endangered sea turtles and marine mammals, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Scientists’ statement on the reauthorization of the US Coral Reef Conservation Act

All natural and social scientists who study coral reef ecosystems and the coastal and island communities which depend on them are urged to sign-on to the following scientists’ statement regarding the reauthorization of the United States’ Coral Reef Conservation Act. This statement is an open letter to Congress intended to garner support for the strongest
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Rapid Bleaching Assessment Protocol announced for Caribbean tropical corals

The Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program (AGRRA) has announced a new rapid assessment protocol for assessing bleaching impacts on Caribbean tropical corals (dubbed BLAGARRA). The ability to quickly assess large areas is essential in monitoring the effects of mass bleaching events (immediate and delayed coral mortality, recovery, etc.). This protocol is well suited
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The day Boris Worm’s study got media spotlight, so many friends contacted me and asked, “What do you think of the projected fisheries collapse in 2048? Is it true?” I always wanted to say that it’s not the year that matters. 2048? 2047? 2049? It doesn’t matter. The moral of the story is that biodiversity
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Dissecting the deep sea coral language in H.R. 5946 – the meat and bones (mesoglea and septa)

Deep sea corals are happy today The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (as amended to H.R. 5946) was passed by Congress on December 9 at 1:25 A.M. Two provisions of this legislation specifically address deep sea corals (sections 105 and 408): Section 105 authorizes (via discretionary authority) the Regional Fishery Management
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