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Protecting the Sacred Land and Water of the Everglades – October 28, 2015

In Conversation: Houston R. Cypress (Yahal├ętke)

Houston R. Cypress is an environmental activist and multimedia artist from southern Florida. He is a member of the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and lives on the Misccosukee reservation adjacent to Everglades National Park, the southernmost reservation in the US and the largest residential community affiliated with the park. He co-founded the Love the Everglades Movement, a nonprofit that works to restore the Everglades ecosystem, and runs Otter Vision production company. Cypress, whose name is Yahalétke in the Miccosukee language, is fighting now to prevent the construction of a new bicycle trail along the park's border due to both environmental and cultural concerns. A leader in the… more

by: Jim W. Harper

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Icelandic Fishing Industry Suffers from a Split Personality – December 6, 2012

Its fisheries quota is an international model, but the country continues to engage in commercial whaling

When the banking system and real estate market in Iceland melted down in 2008, the tiny Nordic country was able to fall back on the natural resource that has sustained its people and its economy for centuries: fishing.

Iceland whalePhoto by Flickr user LinagretteUntil 2011, Iceland was catching more than 100 endangered fin whales per year. The meat is sold
primarily to Japan.

Fishing, mostly of cod, herring and mackerel, accounts for a quarter of the island nation’s GDP.  The Icelanders guard their territorial waters closely (one reason for a current trade spat with the EU) and they take special care to ensure that… more

by: Jim W. Harper

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