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Ignoring Climate Change Puts Our Way of Life in Jeopardy

Posted Wed, Apr 9, 2014 by Chase Martin to climate change, IPCC

(Photo: Oceana / Ana de la Torriente)

The United Nations recently released a report on the impacts of global climate change, which describes the effects as “severe, pervasive and irreversible.”

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Four Years Later, BP Oil Spill Still Rearing its Oily Head in Florida

Posted Mon, Mar 31, 2014 by Chase Martin to

(Photo: NOAA)

The Gulf coast of Florida is renowned for its soft white beaches, balmy weather and calm, clear waters. It’s also infamous for being a mecca of debris from oil-rig related tragedies, which, until recently, were thought to have mostly finished their attack on Gulf coast beaches. But even after four years, trash from the BP oil disaster is still washing ashore and devastating coastal environments and communities.

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Victory for Sharks: California Fin Ban Upheld in Court!

Posted Thu, Mar 27, 2014 by Chase Martin to

(Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver)

Yesterday, sharks received a huge victory when a federal district court upheld a California law that prohibits the possession and sale of shark fins throughout the state. California’s 2011 law was originally challenged by a group of shark fin dealers and retailers who claimed the ban was discriminatory and in violation of federal law. The court ruled against all claims in the suit, specifically ruling that the law did not violate the Constitution’s Equal Protection and Commerce Clauses, and that the law was not preempted by federal fisheries law.

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Sea Turtle Protection: The Simple Truth

Posted Wed, Mar 19, 2014 by Chase Martin to loggerhead sea turtle, turtle excluder devices

(Photo: USFWS)

Atlantic fisheries kill hundreds of loggerhead sea turtles every year, as turtles are caught as bycatch and become trapped or drown in nets. This killing, however, can easily be avoided. There are known, proven solutions to this problem, like requiring more vessels to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs). But federal agencies continue to ignore the problems at hand and allow fisheries to operate in harmful ways.

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