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Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
December 6, 2013

The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized a rule to set permanent protections for endangered whales from ship strikes.

December 6, 2013

Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act—our nation’s a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction.

December 6, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) said today it would allow industries to apply for and receive 30-year permits for the unintentional killing or wounding — or “incidental take” — of bald and golden eagles. Primary beneficiaries of this rule would be large renewable energy, utility and infrastructure developers.

December 6, 2013

More than 70 participants representing 28 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Recife, Brazil, from 2 to 4 December to participate in a workshop focused on the implementation of new measures for international trade of five shark species, adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

November 25, 2013

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.

November 22, 2013

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.”

November 15, 2013

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.

November 15, 2013

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.

November 8, 2013

Statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark on President Obama’s decision to nominate Neil Kornze as director of the Bureau of Land Management

November 7, 2013

President Obama has named Janice Schneider as the new assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

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