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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site Public Comment Closes May 7

Papahānaumokuākea is a sacred place with deep cosmological significance to Native Hawaiians who have a genealogical relationship to all living things in the Hawaiian archipelago.  The Monument is a  mixed (natural and cultural) World Heritage Site.  It preserves sacred places, stories, artifacts, and strong Polynesian cultural ties to the land and seas, dating back more than a thousand years.

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The Weird, Wild and Nearly Extinct Sawfish

Currently in the news is an account of unusual spinning behavior and deaths in an Unusual Mortality Event, potentially attributed to a neurological pathogen off the coast of Florida. The global populations of all five sawfish species have experienced historic declines greater than 90% due to fisheries overexploitation (directed and bycatch) and habitat loss. Consequently, three species are listed on the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered, and two species are listed as Endangered. There is a very real risk that these unique species will be lost without urgent conservation action

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“Depredation” US Representatives Introduce SHARKED Act

The SHARKED Act sponsors widely represent the fishing industry including fishing guides and tournament organizers, who decry the partial or loss of their catch to a shark. The evidence that there is an increase in shark’s taking fish is anecdotal and not quantified.
Tell the House Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries to base decisions on Science and Management, Not Emotion.

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Sharktober Adventures

FARALLON ISLAND EXPEDITIONS- EXCLUSIVE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES SEPTEMBER- NOVEMBER, 2024 Experience and adventure in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary with Shark Steward’s expert naturalists. Visit the Devil’s Teeth, the home of […]

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NOAA seeks public comment on Chumash Heritage sanctuary draft proposal

Following input from tribal nations, state and federal agencies, conservationists and the public, NOAA has released a proposal to designate a 5,617-square-mile area offshore of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in central California as Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

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