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Cape Town, South Africa. November 25, 2013. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) failed to reach consensus on several shark conservation proposals, including European Union (EU) bids to establish catch limits for shortfin makos and to prohibit retention of porbeagles. A multi-national effort to strengthen the ICCAT ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) was also defeated, yet gained support from a considerable number of ICCAT member countries during the meeting.
Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2013) —“The Obama Administration is right to support the Conservation Compliance program in the Farm Bill. Linking crop insurance to conservation compliance provides crucial protections for our native wetlands and grasslands, while providing an important safety net for America’s Farmers. Conservation compliance benefits America’s wildlife and watersheds and ensures the ongoing productivity of our working lands.”
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs Don Barry will present Representative John Dingell with an honorary award on behalf of the ESA Coalition for the critical role that he played in securing the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to crush six tons of illegally confiscated ivory on November 14, 2013 at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, CO.
Statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark on President Obama’s decision to nominate Neil Kornze as director of the Bureau of Land Management
President Obama has named Janice Schneider as the new assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management.
A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Banking On Nature: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation, shows that for every $1 appropriated by Congress to run the Refuge System, nearly $5 is generated in local economies. Despite the fact that the Refuge System has seen a significant increase in visitation, it has faced severe funding cuts. As Congress considers the budget bills for Fiscal Year 2014, the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement(CARE) calls upon the House of Representatives and the Senate to fund the Refuge System at $499 million this year.
President Obama signed an executive order today for resilience in the face of climate change.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released three more of the 15 draft land use plans and environmental impact statements that comprise its National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The strategy is intended to guide management of tens of millions of acres of federal public lands in the West and will ultimately determine the fate of the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The latest plans cover 31 million acres of publicly owned sage-grouse habitat in parts of five states.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spoke today at the National Press Club about conserving and protecting our national treasures and resources for future generations. In her comments, Secretary Jewell stressed the importance of approving renewable energy on public lands, in concurrence with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.