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Four Pacific Marine National Monuments Face Threat Under Trump Order

Fishing interests push to roll back the world's biggest set of ocean reserves as Secretary Zinke prepares recommendations

This is Kitty Simonds’ moment. For the four decades that she has been running an obscure but powerful federal fisheries management agency in Honolulu, Simonds has fought tooth and nail against any restrictions on fishing in the waters surrounding US possessions in…
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by: Christopher Pala – August 14, 2017

New Zealand Fishing Industry Accused of Driving World’s Rarest Dolphin to Extinction

Study of industry that calls itself "world leader" finds that vessels Illegally discard a third of their catch

Biologists Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson crisscross southern New Zealand’s scenic Akaroa Bay looking for the world’s smallest dolphins until Slooten spots a stopped 30-foot motor catamaran. We approach gingerly and find a dozen tourists in the water wearing wetsuits. The grey…
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by: Christopher Pala – February 27, 2017

Something’s Fishy

The Central Pacific Nation of Kiribati Boasts It Has Created One of the Largest No-Fishing Marine Reserves in the World. Unfortunately, It’s Not True.

photo Kevin Guy Meet President Anote Tong of Kiribati, a Central Pacific country of three-dozen postcard-pretty coral atolls that may become uninhabitable some day because global warming is causing ocean levels to rise. Tong, 61, has been in power for a decade, during which time he has become a darling of the environmental community, a fixture at climate change conferences who is showered with prizes and praise. His signal achievement? Under his…
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by: Christopher Pala – Autumn 2013

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