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Major Chinese airline prohibits shark fin cargo

China Southern Airlines has banned transport of shark fin shipments on board its flights, according to a new company sustainability policy. 

The announcement comes in response to a January letter to the airline sent by WildAid on behalf of a large coalition of concerned environmental groups.

Shanghai Disney Resort Joins the Herd with WildAid and China Wildlife Conservation Association

Shanghai Disney Resort has launched a three-week the Join the Herd wildlife conservation campaign in partnership with WildAid and the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

The campaign opened with the showing of a special charity show of the Mandarin production of the Broadway musical The Lion King.

Adapting C3 Tactics for Marine Conservation

Rangers in Ecuador using new VHF radios during a patrol (Gustavo Crespo).

Communications, command and control (C3) models are used throughout the U.S. armed forces to ensure mission objectives. This assures situational awareness and getting critical information to the right users at the right time. At WildAid, we’ve adapted these principles to the marinescape with the dual goal of protecting precious fisheries and Park Wardens, as exemplified by the following scenario.

A small artisanal boat is moored in a popular local fishing spot in the Santa Elena Wildlife Refuge when two divers emerge with bags full of their catch. Upon inspection, the Santa Elena Rangers find illegally caught sea cucumber mixed with the rest of the catch. Faced with the threat of seizure, the fishers and boat captain become aggressive… Now what?

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Save the Vaquita and Boycott Mexican Shrimp

The world’s smallest porpoise is on the brink of extinction. The vaquita marina (little sea cow) is only found in the Northern Sea of Cortez and fewer than 30 individuals remain (a dramatic decrease from last year). While fishermen do not target the vaquita directly, its numbers are decreasing due to entanglements in gillnets.

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