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Sounding Off on the Navy’s Sonar

International Marine Mammal Project At long last, the public got its turn to question the US Navy’s proposal to deploy one of the loudest man-made noisemakers into the world’s oceans to detect "enemy" submarines. Underwater blasts of the Navy’s Low Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS) can be heard for thousands of miles across ocean basins. Sensitive marine life – particularly whales and other marine mammals that use low frequency sound to find food,…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Bluewater In the News

Bluewater Network Cruise Ship Pollution At the beginning of this year, representatives from six California state agencies were selected to form a Cruise Ship Environmental Task Force to investigate the cruise industry’s impact on California’s environment. The task force was created as a result of a bill that Bluewater Network shepherded through the California Legislature in 2000. The task force will oversee the management of all wastes from cruise ships that operate…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Swiss Go Dolphin-Safe

International Marine Mammal Project Zurich – On April 4, the Working Group for the Protection of Marine Mammals-Switzerland (ASMS) and Earth Island Institute joined forces with Switzerland’s two largest supermarket chains, Coop and Migros, to introduce a new "dolphin-safe" label for canned tuna. Between 1960 and 1990 approximately 7 million dolphins died during tuna fishing in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP). Because dolphins are known to swim with Yellowfin tuna, some countries…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Robo-Willy

International Marine Mammal Project The 1993 hit movie Free Willy and its two sequels raised international concerns about the cruel practice of keeping marine mammals captive for human entertainment. As a result, the number of amusement parks and aquariums with captive orcas has declined everywhere in the world – except in Asia and South America. In 1998, the Nagoya Port Aquarium (a tourist attraction run by the city of Nagoya, Japan) announced…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Protecting Asia’s Wildlife

Tibetan Plateau Project In mid-April, Earth Island Institute, acting on behalf of the Tibetan Plateau Project (TPP), joined in filing one of the first Endangered Species Act lawsuits against the Bush administration. The suit, brought against Department of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton and acting US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Marshall Jones, Jr., attempts to protect the argali, the world’s largest species of wild sheep, from American big game hunters.…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Nick’s Notes: Insights from the Trail

Bay Area Wilderness Training The PCT ranges in elevation from just above sea level along the Columbia River in Washington to 13,180 feet atop Forester Pass in central California.Between the extremes of mountains and the desert, the PCT offers countless transition zones. One of the most rewarding aspects of a long hike is to walk through these margins and see how one environment slowly morphs into another and how the plant and…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

Nick’s Long Walk

Bay Area Wilderness TrainingImagine waking up at 6 a.m. every morning, knowing you have thousands of miles to hike until reaching your destination. In contrast to mountain climbing, hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail requires a certain type of mental stamina and an ability to shift into the slow, easy pace of walking.The idea of hiking a major cross-country trail – running from the Mexican border to the Canadian border – is…
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by: Nolin Deloison-Baum – Autumn 2001

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