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Leatherback Turtle in Texas – First Since 1930s

June 12, 2008, 12:42 amBy Andrew C. Revkin UPDATED, 8:00 a.m.: For the first time since the 1930’s, federal biologists confirmed that a leatherback sea turtle has nested on a Texas beach, at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi. Last Friday, staff conducting a beach patrol found turtle tracks and a few exposed … Continue reading Leatherback Turtle in Texas – First Since 1930s

Some Shark Populations Collapsing, Study Finds

By ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: June 12, 2008 Some shark populations in the Mediterranean Sea have completely collapsed, according to a new study, with numbers of five species declining by more than 96 percent over the last two centuries. “This loss of top predators could hold serious implications for the entire marine ecosystem, greatly affecting … Continue reading Some Shark Populations Collapsing, Study Finds

Reyes Offers Own Version of Marine Monument

By Agnes E. Donato Senate President Pete P. Reyes has introduced a bill calling for the preservation of natural resources in the Northern Islands. Senate Bill 16-32, which creates a “Northern Islands Commonwealth Conservation Area,” is seen as a response to the marine monument proposal for the Marianas’ northernmost islands. In his bill, Reyes said … Continue reading Reyes Offers Own Version of Marine Monument

Bush Holds the Opportunity to Create the Largest Marine Reserves

In a surprising new development, George Bush and members of his administration have been given the opportunity to oversee one of the largest conservation programs in history. If launched, the program could protect vast stretches of U.S. territorial waters from fishing, oil exploration and other forms of commercial development. The initiative could also create some … Continue reading Bush Holds the Opportunity to Create the Largest Marine Reserves

Bush Eyes Unprecedented Conservation Program

by John Nielsen (NPR.org, May 23, 2008) The Bush administration is considering launching one of the biggest conservation programs in U.S. history. If implemented, President George W. Bush could, with the stroke of a pen, protect vast stretches of U.S. territorial waters from fishing, oil exploration and other forms of commercial development. The initiative could … Continue reading Bush Eyes Unprecedented Conservation Program

Gov. Sanford Asks President to Protect Deep Sea Corals Off South Carolina Coast

    WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a letter sent yesterday, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina asked President George W. Bush to protect the unique deep sea coral reefs off the South Carolina coast by establishing the area as a marine national monument. These spectacular, but largely unexplored, reefs cover an area nearly the … Continue reading Gov. Sanford Asks President to Protect Deep Sea Corals Off South Carolina Coast

Human Carbon Emissions Make Oceans Corrosive – Study

WASHINGTON – Carbon dioxide spewed by human activities has made ocean water so acidic that it is eating away at the shells and skeletons of starfish, coral, clams and other sea creatures, scientists said on Thursday. Marine researchers knew that ocean acidification, as it’s called, was occurring in deep water far from land. What they … Continue reading Human Carbon Emissions Make Oceans Corrosive – Study