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UN rejects Atlantic bluefin tuna ban

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Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 | 3:41 PM ET

The Associated Press


A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna prized in sushi was rejected Thursday by a UN wildlife meeting, with scores of developing nations joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would devastate fishing economies.


It was a stunning setback for conservationists who had hoped the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, would give the iconic fish a lifeline. They joined the proposal's sponsor Monaco in arguing that extreme measures were necessary because the stocks have fallen by 75 per cent due to widespread overfishing.

"Let's take science and throw it out the door," said Susan Lieberman, director of international policy with the Pew Environment Group in Washington. "It's pretty irresponsible of the governments to hear the science and ignore the science. Clearly, there was pressure from the fishing interests. The fish is too valuable for its own good."


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DFO reverses decision on salmon farm expansion

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Ecojustice Press Release

Submitted by Kori BrusMar 17, 2010 07:22 AM


Project will not go forward without a proper Environmental Assessment

Mar 17, 2010

VANCOUVER – Facing the threat of a lawsuit from environmental groups, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has withdrawn its approval authorizing the expansion of the Doyle Island salmon farm near Port Hardy, B.C. The project, which sought to expand production at the facility by 37 percent, will now undergo an environmental assessment which will examine its impacts on wild salmon stocks and the health of the ocean.

Ecojustice, on behalf of Living Oceans Society, had threatened legal action against DFO unless a proper environmental assessment was triggered for the proposed expansion of the Doyle Island facility. On March 12, DFO announced that they will fulfill their legal obligation and undertake an environmental assessment of the facility, as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

“This is the exactly the result we wanted,” said Will Soltau of Living Oceans Society. “By following the law DFO is ensuring that the potential threats of this expansion to wild salmon and the marine environment can be examined.”

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Carrying On The Tradition

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Those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. Hancock Wildlife Foundation has access to the archives of a number of wildlife photographers and videographers including of course, David Hancock's own films going back to the 1950s and 60's. It will take time and money to bring these archives to the web so that we may again enjoy them, but we think this will be worthwhile - so we've added it to the list of projects that we are looking to you for funding for.

To give you a taste of the kind of films we're talking about, I direct your attention to some recently released 1/2 hour documentaries now available from PBS. These were made back in 1969 and aired on TV in 1970 as a series. While they are not from our available archives, they are similar in scope and subject matter to what we have.

The "Our Vanishing Wilderness" series was made before the first Earth Day. These films were made before most people realized that our environment was not capable of absorbing all the pollution we were spewing - the were made before GreenPeace was founded - and they were made before David Hancock started fighting to re-build the wild eagle population around Vancouver.

We're sure you'll agree that the messages in these films is still worth telling. That's one of the reasons we are doing what we do here - helping you understand and learn to empathize with the wilderness creatures we have over the years harmed.

Please take some time to review these films - then come back and see what you can do to help us restore some or all of the ones we and David have in the archive.

Thank you


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The Good and Bad of Road Kills -- How You Can Help Save Lives

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Road Kills:  Good Food -- Bad Food

Bald eagles are marvelous scavengers  The classic example is the concentration of thousands of eagles on salmon spawning rivers to feast on dead salmon carcasses.  Across the country winter killed deer or elk are prime food sources.  Any human refuse dump can be another great source of protein.  On our BC coast the frequent die-offs of hundreds of thousands of salmon at fish farms are often deposited in land fills since they are too toxic to leave in the sea!!  Anyone eating a farm-raised salmon, probably the most contaminated food source on the market, deserves poisoning.  The eagles don't deserve this fate but these salmon carcasses are nothing more than another great salmon spawn to them.

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'Extremely rare' white puffin caught on camera


By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:24 PM on 15th March 2010

This extremely rare white Atlantic Puffin has stunned bird experts after it was spotted playing with its more common black-feathered friends off the British coast.
At first glance the remarkable bird looks like an albino but it has orange eyes and bill and black edges on a few feathers.
It actually has a colouring which is called leucism and is so unusual it was considered mythical by sailors in the 17th Century.


All white: This rare white puffin was pictured off the Isles of Scilly by wildlife photographer Barbara Fryer


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