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Wendy Heller | Dec 5, 2007 2:00 AM
The rising demand for jellyfish in the overseas market is threatening the survival of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles in Orissa, experts say. Extensive fishing for jellyfish along the Orissa coast to cater to the demands in the overseas markets is creating a food shortage for Olive Ridleys, Biswajit Mohanty, coordinator of turtle conservation group Operation Kachhapa, told IANS. The abundance of jellyfish on the Orissa coast attracts thousands of Olive Ridleys every year during winter months, mainly at Gahirmatha, Devi and Rushikulya, for food and nesting. 'Earlier, our fishermen used to discard the jellyfish as unwanted catch, but now they are being sent to markets as far as Chennai and then to China,' said Mohanty
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Wendy Heller | Dec 5, 2007 2:00 AM
Just a few years ago, the lush coral reefs off Indonesia's Bali island were dying out, bleached by rising temperatures, blasted by dynamite fishing, and poisoned by cyanide. Now they are coming back, thanks to an unlikely remedy: electricity. The coral is thriving on dozens of metal structures submerged in the bay and fed by cables that send low-voltage electricity, which conservationists say is reviving it and spurring the growth. As thousands of delegates, experts, and activists debate climate at a conference that opened this week on Bali, the coral restoration project illustrates the creative ways scientists are trying to fight the ill-effects of global warming
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Wendy Heller | Dec 5, 2007 2:00 AM
In a bid to protect the fast- diminishing perlemoen [abalone] stocks, Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has imposed a ban on scuba diving and snorkelling in areas along the Cape coast. The prohibition will take effect from February 1, environmental affairs spokesman Mava Scott said yesterday. It comes in the wake of the suspension of commercial perlemoen fishing, which is to come into effect on the same date
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Wendy Heller | Dec 5, 2007 2:00 AM
Terri Irwin has granted the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society permission to rename its ship currently known as Robert Hunter in honor of her late husband, Steve Irwin. Captain Paul Watson, founder and president of Sea Shepherd and Terri Irwin officially announced the new name for the ship Steve Irwin at a press conference at 12:00 on December 5th at Victoria Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. Sea Shepherd is proud to partner with Terri Irwin to launch Operation Migaloo as she and Steve have been world renowned for their conservation work. Terri knows that Steve would have been extremely honoured to be acknowledged in this way as he shared Sea Shepherd's passion for saving whales
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Jason Heller | Dec 5, 2007 2:00 AM
X-Ray Mag issue #20 is out and available for download
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Jason Heller | Dec 4, 2007 2:00 AM
Underwater photographer Alex Kirkbride's exhibition associated with his new book "American Waters" opens on Dec 5th at Plus One Gallery, London
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Wendy Heller | Dec 4, 2007 2:00 AM
Although Chile's Administrative Fishery Law protects the Cetacean species in Chilean waters until 2025, environmentalist groups want all waterways in the country declared a whale sanctuary. The Cetacean Conservation Center, together with 4 senators, presented Monday to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet the petition to proclaim Chile's territorial waters as whale sanctuary
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Wendy Heller | Dec 4, 2007 2:00 AM
Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Florida's coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change -- and eliminate -- life on what had been isolated islands, says a University of Florida researcher
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Wendy Heller | Dec 4, 2007 2:00 AM
The past year has seen more weather records smashed as extreme events take a firmer hold of the planet, says WWF at the start of the UN climate change conference. The overview from the global conservation organization, Breaking Records in 2007 - Climate Change, shows record lows for sea ice cover in the Arctic, some of the worst forest fires ever seen and record floods. "Events like these show the urgent need to take decisive action on climate change," says Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme
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Wendy Heller | Dec 3, 2007 2:00 AM
The tranquil Satabhaya coast along the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary has turned into a graveyard for Olive Ridley sea turtles with over a hundred decomposed bodies of these delicate marine species spotted along a kilometre stretch shoreline. The sighting of bodies of these sensitive marine animals has triggered a near-catastrophe like situation before the onset of 'arribada' (mass egg laying phenomenon). The large number of death of the sea turtles that has put the forest personnel in a spot of bother was confirmed by forest personnel on Monday
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