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Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:07:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

New research suggests that a cyclical weather pattern in the Atlantic Ocean is responsible for the recent reported decline in striped bass populations. The striped bass was once one of the success stories of conservation. Previously overfished, then serious catch limits were put in place and the population of striped bass was able to recover: fishermen where then once again able to fish for these large, trophy fish along the East Coast of America.

Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Posted Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:33:01 GMT by David Hewitt

Once extinct in the UK, the great bustard looks on the verge of a remarkable comeback, thanks to a new injection of funding from the European Union. It was way back in 1832 that the great bustard finally went the way of the dodo and disappeared from the British Isles. Over-zealous gamekeepers and hunters, combined with a loss of habitat also led to the disappearance of the world's biggest flying bird from several other European countries.

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:55:00 GMT by Louise Murray

An average of five humans have been killed by sharks each year since 2000, yet every year we kill up to 75 million sharks for their fins, used in Chinese shark's fin soup, and as bycatch in our fisheries. Shark finning has expanded globally due to rising demand by affluent Chinese for the high status shark fin soup. Retailing at about US$ 430/kg in Hong Kong the trade is a lucrative one for fishermen. Finning is inhumane and cruel in the extreme.

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

Whaling fleet prevented from refueling as the fight for whales heats up

Whaling fleet prevented from refueling as the fight for whales heats up

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:35:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Anti-whaling activists are continuing to make life difficult for the whalers in the Southern Ocean and they may now return to Japan empty handed. The Sea Shepherd group has managed to intercept the ship that is supplying the Japanese vessels hunting for whales in the South Ocean. The conservation group is planning to prevent the Japanese whaling supply ship, the Sun Laurel, from delivering fuel and other supplies to both the whalers and their factory ship.

Whaling fleet prevented from refueling as the fight for whales heats up

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:22:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

A conservation group is planning to sue the US government for what they believe is a failure to care for a critical polar bear sanctuary in Alaska. The Centre for Biological Diversity believes that the US Interior Department has allowed harmful oil and gas developments to go ahead and as a result has significantly damaged polar bears habitat in Alaska.

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Saving the Jaguar

Saving the Jaguar

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:00:00 GMT by John Dean

A campaign has been launched to save the jaguar in Northern Mexico and parts of south-western United States where its numbers are endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will develop a plan to preserve habitats, starting with research into numbers and distribution of the animals, about which very little is known. A Jaguar Recovery Team has been assembled

Saving the Jaguar

US Carvers Creek State wildlife park continues to expand

US Carvers Creek State wildlife park continues to expand

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:30:02 GMT by John Dean

A collaboration between conservationists and the Military has led to the expansion of an American park being managed for tourism and wildlife. International conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy has recently transferred almost 3,000 acres of land in Harnett and Cumberland counties to help Carvers Creek State Park continue to grow. That takes to 4,181 acres the amount of land protected by the organisation in the two counties.

US Carvers Creek State wildlife park continues to expand

Critically endangered whales face fresh threat from new oil development

Critically endangered whales face fresh threat from new oil development

Posted Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:14:42 GMT by Lucy Brake

The proposed construction of a new oil and gas platform on the coast of Sakhalin Island in Russia is putting more pressure on the survival of the critically endangered western gray whale population. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) lists the western gray whale as critically endangered. The ICUN believes that about 130 of the whales remain in the oceans, with only 30 of these being mature females capable of reproducing.

Critically endangered whales face fresh threat from new oil development

US research highlights the plight of the bumblebee, numbers rapidly declining

US research highlights the plight of the bumblebee, numbers rapidly declining

Posted Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:00:01 GMT by David Hewitt

The first large-scale study of bumblebee populations across the US has delivered some alarming results, with numbers and genetic diversity rapidly declining. The humble bumblebee may not generate the same number of column inches as the polar bear or the tiger, but its plight is arguably just as alarming.

US research highlights the plight of the bumblebee, numbers rapidly declining

Save the shark: Ban shark finning

Save the shark: Ban shark finning

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Large, oceangoing fish like the shark have been in steady decline for years, victims of poor regulation and overfishing by big industrial fleets. But now some reprive seems to be in sight thanks to a US law. The US Congress approved a bill prohibiting shark finning in all United States waters.

Save the shark: Ban shark finning

Scientists track leatherback turtle travels for the first time

Scientists track leatherback turtle travels for the first time

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:32:40 GMT by David Hewitt

Satellite tracking technology has helped British scientists map the route taken by female leatherhead turtles for the first time. The marked decline seen in global populations of leatherback turtles can be partly attributed to the fact that their annual migratory routes force the animals to run the gauntlet of long-line fishing boats in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientists track leatherback turtle travels for the first time

Horses: Cruel victims of lucrative drug trade

Horses: Cruel victims of lucrative drug trade

Posted Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:38:23 GMT by Paromita Pain

Paying the price of the Mexican drug smuggling, horses. Young horses are used to carry drugs across the border into the US and are left to fend for themselves. These animals die out of neglect. They are often founds half starved and hurt wandering around open to more injury and harm. Activists often find 15 to 20 horses a month.

Horses: Cruel victims of lucrative drug trade

Sea Shepherd clashes with Japanese whalers

Sea Shepherd clashes with Japanese whalers

Posted Sun, 02 Jan 2011 12:21:09 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Sea Shepherd has located the Japanese whaling boats in the Southern Ocean and has clashed before the whalers have managed to slaughter any whales. The goal of the anti-whaling fleet was to try to stop the Japanese boats from continuing their slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd clashes with Japanese whalers

Long way to restoring Bald Eagle Population

Long way to restoring Bald Eagle Population

Posted Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:10:01 GMT by Paromita Pain

Scientists till date have had only limited success to re-establish breeding populations of bald eagles on the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast that disappeared thanks to indiscriminate use of DDT.

Long way to restoring Bald Eagle Population

Rare holiday treat as elusive cheetah makes an appearance

Rare holiday treat as elusive cheetah makes an appearance

Posted Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:57:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

An elusive Saharan cheetah, distinguished by its pale coat and emaciated appearance, was recent photographed by secret cameras in Niger, Africa. Shot by cameras placed by the Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF), researchers feel it's a rare holiday treat since this animal is so rare and elusive scientists aren't sure how many even exist.

Rare holiday treat as elusive cheetah makes an appearance

Saving the Iquitos Gnatcatcher

Saving the Iquitos Gnatcatcher

Posted Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:45:01 GMT by Paromita Pain

For the first time in Peru, conservationists have purchased privately owned lands within a national protected area and then donated them to the national government. The donated lands are home to the Iquitos Gnatcatcher, a Critically Endangered bird first described in 2005. Actvists have hailed the move which they say will allow better conservation of this threatened species.

Saving the Iquitos Gnatcatcher

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Blue Shark life and death in the Azores

Posted Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:19:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Carbon credits, afforestation and wildlife diversity, at last

Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Another extinct cetacean?

Posted Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ant eater lovers wanted

Posted Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing

Posted Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Gorillas see tourists by appointment

Posted Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sea change in Europe is slow

Posted Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Satao, the elephant king, is killed

Posted Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Virunga National Park safe - for now

Posted Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:31:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Quoll story will unveil all marsupial ills?

Posted Sat, 31 May 2014 09:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Records of recent conservation in America

Posted Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:49:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

Posted Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Dhole (Cuon alpinus) Conservation

Posted Sun, 08 Jul 2012 17:21:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Past decade sees over 1000 tigers killed in continued illegal trade

Posted Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Deepwater may have killed 50 times estimated death toll of dolphins and whales

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:04:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Dolphin in deadly race to survive

Posted Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:27:00 GMT by James Mathews

Monk Seals under threat in Hawaiian conservation zone

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:39:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

International Whaling Commission 2011 annual meeting assessment

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:09:00 GMT by John Dean