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WildAid and Partners Host a Maritime Operations Training in Ecuador

Practicing navigation during the workshop with Ecuador rangers.

Park rangers in Ecuador risk their lives every day to protect marine areas from illegal fishing and destruction of critical habitat. Together with Conservation International, WWF, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment and the Galapagos National Park Service, WildAid hosted a maritime operations training for park rangers from 17 Ecuadorian marine protected areas, ministry of environment officials, fishery officers and other marine practitioners last month to ensure the rangers have the right knowledge to handle any situation that comes their way. Rangers often venture unarmed at night in the face of danger including armed illegal fishers and pirates, to protect Ecuador’s marine environment and endangered species. According to one of the Machalilla park rangers, even a simple task like retrieving a fishing net from the water comes fraught with risk.

South Africa Stuns the Conservation World by Proposing to Export Rhino Horns

San Francisco - South Africa is proposing to use a loophole in regulations to export rhino horns to consumer countries, only four months after delegates to the 17th meeting of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected - by 100 votes to 26 - a proposal from Swaziland to allow international sales of rhino horn. 

Remembering Rob Stewart a champion for sharks and the oceans

We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our good friend Rob Stewart. Rob passed away doing what he loved best- diving. Using a rebreather and reaching depths of 230 feet on Alligator Reef, south of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Rob was seeking to film the elusive sawfish for his latest documentary. He returned to the surface after his third dive of the day, but as crew dealt with an emergency with his dive buddy, Rob disappeared. After an extensive search his body was later recovered from the ocean floor.

The U.S. takes a stance against seafood fraud and illegal fishing

New U.S. regulations will protect marine mammals, such as this sea lion, in international fisheries (Laura Wais)

Last month, the U.S. made an announcement that could help reduce illegal fishing and seafood fraud in foreign fisheries.

The U.S. will now increase traceability of seafood imports from high risk countries to ensure compliance with national and international fishing regulations. This legislation will complement regulations enacted last fall to ensure international compliance with American fishing standards for protecting marine mammals. Together, these regulations ensure that foreign fishers wishing to import their products into the U.S.—one of the largest seafood importers in the world—take measures to curtail illegal fishing in their waters.

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Air China Bans Shark Fin: Imports to China down 82% in 3 years

HONG KONG, 06 January 2017 – The week after China announced it would end domestic ivory trade, Air China today announced its 'No Shark Fin' carriage policy.

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