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One Solution to Global Overfishing Found

A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups on more than 40 coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans indicates that 'co-management' -- a collaborative arrangement between local communities, conservation groups, and governments -- provides a solution to a vexing global problem: overfishing.
"We found clear evidence of people's ability to overcome the 'tragedy of the commons' by making and enforcing their own rules for managing fisheries, This is particularly encouraging because of the perceived failure of many open-access and top-down government-controlled attempts to manage fisheries around the world. More importantly, we have identified the conditions that allow people to make co-management successful, providing vital guidance for conservation groups, donors, and governments as to what arrangements are most likely to work."
- team leader Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, Australia

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Endangered Shortnose Sturgeon Saved In Hudson River

Cornell University, Sun February 04, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
For the first time, a fish identified as endangered has been shown to have recovered -- and in the Hudson River near New York City, report Cornell's Mark Bain and colleagues in the online publication PLoS ONE.

Paraguay extends forest conservation law

World Wildlife Fund, Sun January 07, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Asuncion, Paraguay - The government of Paraguay has extended a law that seeks to curb deforestation rates in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest.

Wolves Are Suffering Less From Inbreeding Than Expected

Public Library of Science, Mon December 25, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Increasing levels of inbreeding is a threat against the viability of the Scandinavian wolf population. A study just coming out in the new journal PLoS ONE now demonstrates that inbreeding is not affecting the wolves as badly as expected.

Time to ban toxic boat paint pollution

World Wildlife Fund, Mon October 16, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
WWF is calling on countries attending a meeting of the International Maritime Organization to ratify legislation to bring an end to the use of chemicals used in shipping industry paints.

NRDC Announces Historic Settlement to Restore San Joaquin River; Statement by Hal Candee, NRDC Senio

NRDC, Sat September 16, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sacramento, CA - A historic legal settlement to restore water flows for salmon in the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam near Fresno while undertaking one of the West's largest river restoration efforts was announced today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Friant Water Users Authority (FWUA) and U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce. The following statement is by Hal Candee, NRDC Senior Attorney, Co-Director of Western Water Project, and counsel to plaintiffs in NRDC v. Rodgers.

High-tech equipment may help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

Montana State University , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
As part of a six-year study, researchers at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University have helped test and develop an animal-detection system that may give motorists the upper hand in avoiding crashes with wildlife across the nation.

European Parliament Declaration Calls for Ban on Harp and Hooded Seal Products

The Humane Society USA, Fri September 08, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Strasbourg - The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International today applauded the European Parliament for passing a historic Declaration approving a European ban on the trade in harp and hooded seal products

Baby boom for world’s rarest rhino species

World Wildlife Fund, Sat September 02, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Jakarta, Indonesia/Gland, Switzerland - Scientists have found signs of four Javan rhinos born in recent weeks in Indonesia, a surprising baby boom for a species that may be reduced to fewer than 60 individuals worldwide.

Endangered Bighorn Protected from Sheep Grazing in Key Sierra Nevada Habitat

Center for Biological Diversity, Tue August 08, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Reno, NV - To protect endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep from deadly disease this summer, the U.S. Forest Service has wisely halted risky domestic sheep grazing in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

Bill to Double Size of Cahaba Refuge Passes House

Nature Conservancy, Tue August 01, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Birmingham, AL - The U. S. House of Representatives endorsed a bill to double the size of The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge.

Environmental Groups Sign Declaration for the Protection of BC’s Inland Rainforest Region

Valhalla Wilderness Society, Sat July 29, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Victoria, BC - Twelve environmental organizations in the southern and central Interior of BC say that the area is losing many species of plants and wildlife that are dependent upon old-growth forest and wilderness.

New chameleon-like snake discovered in the Heart of Borneo

World Wildlife Fund, Wed June 28, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Gland, Switzerland - A new snake with the ability to spontaneously change colour has been discovered in the forests of the Heart of Borneo, one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth, possessing staggeringly high numbers of unique species across all groups of plants and animals.

Environment Canada: Generous Donation to Canadians-Milestone-Ecogift Protects Rare Alvar Habitat

Environment Canada, Tue June 13, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Orillia, Ontario - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment, today announced the donation of Canada's 500th ecological gift, namely the Prairie Smoke nature reserve.

Beaver dams create healthy downstream ecosystems

American Geophysical Union, Mon June 05, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Beavers, long known for their beneficial effects on the environment near their dams, are also critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems downstream.

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