Global Conservation Updates

National Fish Habitat Partnership Releases Story Map

July 14th, 2017

In June, through ESRI, the National Fish Habitat Partnership released a story map, “Our Fish, Our Future,” highlighting our partnerships and projects across the United States.  This national story map builds on earlier maps produced by the Western Native Trout Initiative and the Alaska Fish Habitat Partnerships. The National Fish Habitat Partnership story map provides background on[...]

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The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Highlights Chipola River in New Video

June 01st, 2017

"FLOW" celebrates the charm of the Chipola and the partnerships forged to protect it.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces the release of its new video, "FLOW: the Chipola River Story." "FLOW" features International Game Fish Association's Top Female Angler of 2015, Meredith McCord, and tells the conservation story of the Chipola River. This video recognizes[...]

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Conservation Updates from the Earth Optimism Summit

May 02nd, 2017

The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. held an Earth Optimism Summit in April 2017.  The Earth Optimism Summit is a gathering of thought leaders, practitioners, pioneering scientists and researchers, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders, industry participants, media, philanthropists, and other conservation-minded citizens.  Featured Content at the Summit, included:     Species Survival     Solutions for Pollution  [...]

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Great Start to Beyond the Pond Grant Funded Project

February 06th, 2017

Four days prior to Christmas, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore put down a deposit on a small plot of real estate along the state's Atlantic coast. The location is 10 miles east of Ocean City some 50-to-60 feet underwater. Resting on the ocean floor are 330 concrete blocks configured in 30 structures of varying sizes - each resembling a pyramid -[...]

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Report on Nation’s Waterways Provides Insight into Habitat Changes

November 18th, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership, www.fishhabitat.org has released their latest Assessment Report, titled: “THROUGH A FISH'S EYE: THE STATUS OF FISH HABITATS IN THE UNITED STATES 2015.”  This report summarizes the results of an unprecedented, nationwide assessment of human effects on fish habitat in the rivers and estuaries of the United States.[...]

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Blueheads and Bonnevilles Restoration Project Inspires Weber River Partnership

October 18th, 2016

The Western Native Trout Initiative and the Desert Fish Habitat Partnership are proud to present "Blueheads and Bonnevilles", a short film about the work we are doing with our partners in the Weber River, Utah, to benefit the native fish bluehead sucker and Bonneville cutthroat trout.  We produced the film to celebrate the fish and their habitat, the strong[...]

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2016 “Waters to Watch” List Demonstrates Strength of Partners

June 17th, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership (www.fishhabitat.org) has unveiled its list of 10 “Waters to Watch” for 2016, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. These voluntary, locally-driven projects represent some of the top conservation activities in progress[...]

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Over $7 million in grant money awarded for lower Detroit River habitat restoration projects

June 08th, 2016

A substantial federal grant is being entrusted to a Downriver-based organization that will use the money for habitat restoration on islands in the lower Detroit River. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is awarding $4.8 million to restore the habitats, part of the Friends of the Detroit River Stony Island Habitat[...]

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Ozfish Unlimited Movement Elevates Habitat Conservation and Aims to Change the way Aussies Fish

June 07th, 2016

OZFISH Unlimited is a new fishing conservation movement that is set to transform the future of recreational fishing in Australia by asking every angler to fish differently. This is a bold move, but it’s clear that anglers are becoming or aspiring to become environmental stewards of their sport and genuinely want to help protect and restore fish habitat;[...]

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Endangered fish gets more protected habitat in New Mexico

June 07th, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected nearly 35 miles of critical habitat for an endangered 8-inch fish with a torpedo-shaped body in the headwaters of the Zuni River in northwestern New Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity says the designation for the Zuni bluehead sucker ensures that federally permitted actions such as logging, mining and livestock-grazing don't[...]

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Biomimicry - The Best Ideas Might Not Be Ours

June 07th, 2016

Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it's ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water; and gives Janine Benyus the space to explain[...]

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Energy and Environment Scientists say that ‘Nature,’ Untouched by Humans, is Now Almost Entirely Gone

June 07th, 2016

Implicit in much, if not all, modern environmental sentiment is the idea that the natural world has been despoiled by humans — and if we could just leave it alone, things would get better. But new research suggests that in reality, humans have been altering the natural world for millennia, long before the 15th century[...]

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Reconnecting Stream Habitat

May 27th, 2016

Roads and highways connect people to one another, much like rivers and stream connect fish populations. However, the culverts that allow water to flow under roadways can become obstacles for small-bodied fish, like minnows, darters and madtoms.  Click on the following link to read the full story.  http://www.newswise.com/articles/reconnecting-stream-habitat

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How the suburbs killed a salmon creek and science informs its restoration

May 26th, 2016

Federally funded environmental science on a geologically doomed creek in Juneau could inform fish-saving restoration on other impaired water bodies. Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation has announced nearly $300,000 in grants to improve water quality in some of the state’s most damaged watersheds, including the orange-tinted Duck Creek.  Click on this link to read the full[...]

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Vermont urging habitat stamp purchases

May 24th, 2016

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to support bird conservation by purchasing a Vermont Habitat Stamp.  Click on the following link to read the full story.  http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/green-mountain/2016/05/23/vermont-urging-habitat-stamp-purchases/84766952/

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South Dakota GF&P Receives $50K to Help Pactola Reservoir Water Quality

May 24th, 2016

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has received a $50,000 grant from a nonprofit group to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Black Hills. The donation from Black Hills Fly Fishers for Pactola Basin Improvements will help GF&P complete a project immediately below Pactola Reservoir.  Click on this link to read the full story. [...]

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Partnerships and Policy: Shaping the Future of Water Together

May 02nd, 2016

Whichever side of the climate change debate you stand on, it’s impossible to deny that weather patterns worldwide are changing in unpredictable ways. Storms are escalating in strength and frequency. The retreat of mountain glaciers and snowcaps is creating a water gap in our reservoirs. Numerous regions, including the U.S. Pacific Coast, are battling record droughts –[...]

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Disobedience

April 28th, 2016

Disobedience is the story of four different communities in Canada, Germany, Turkey and the Philippines united by a shared purpose: breaking free from the greed of the fossil fuel industry and keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground.  As the planet continues to break temperature records, Disobedience shows what we can do to break free[...]

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New Mexico Sets Meetings on Habitat Stamp Projects

April 21st, 2016

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp Program Citizens Advisory Committee meetings for 2016. Citizen advisors will prioritize Habitat Stamp-funded projects for 2017 and 2018. Click on this link to read the full story: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/372896#sthash.AH28U6Id.dpuf

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The Future of Climate Change Is Being Fought at a Court in Oregon

April 19th, 2016

A group of kids and young adults from across the West who filed suit against President Obama in August of 2015, claiming federal inaction on climate change was violating their constitutional right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, just won a major victory in court. The federal government’s refusal to draft and implement a comprehensive carbon emissions reduction[...]

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Activists To Stage Mass Civil Disobedience In Nation’s Capital This Week

April 13th, 2016

This week, thousands of Americans sick and tired of big money in politics and unfair voting laws are descending on the nation’s capital, ready to go to jail, if necessary, for their cause. Some just arrived from a ten-day, 140-mile march that began in Philadelphia on April 2. Many others joined on Monday morning in Washington, D.C., kicking[...]

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The Bar for Corporate Leadership on Climate Has Been Raised

April 12th, 2016

As the legal briefings pile up over the Clean Power Plan (CPP), I’m inspired by the growing number of companies and business organizations standing up for the most significant step in U.S. history toward reducing climate pollution. The bar continues to rise for companies that want to lead on sustainability, and it’s great[...]

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What Will Happen When Genetically Engineered Salmon Escape Into the Wild?

April 12th, 2016

In late 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the greenlight to AquaBounty, Inc., a company poised to create, produce and market an entirely new type of salmon. By combining the genes from three different types of fish, AquaBounty has made a salmon that grows unnaturally fast, reaching adult size twice as fast as its wild relative. [...]

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Managed fisheries in Western Pacific region to be reviewed

April 10th, 2016

Fishery scientists from American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii will join National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists next week in Honolulu to review last year's performance of federally managed fisheries in the Western Pacific region. The scientists are members of the Plan Team of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, whose role is to assist[...]

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In W. Virginia, Frack Wastewater may be Messing with Fish Hormones

April 10th, 2016

Water around and downstream from a fracking wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia contains compounds that may harm fish health by messing with endocrine systems, according to a new study. Researchers found high levels of endocrine disruption activity in the water near or downstream from the wastewater site in Fayetteville, West Virginia. The study, published today in the journal Science[...]

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Restoration projects announced for Green Bay area

April 08th, 2016

Plans are moving forward for a long-range, $46 million dollar restoration effort in the Green Bay area.  The money is coming from the companies paying for the Fox River PCB clean up.  In a six-acre wetlands in the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico, the northern pike spawning season is underway.  Read the full story to get the details. [...]

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China’s State Grid Envisions Global Wind-and-Sun Power Network

April 08th, 2016

China’s State Grid Corp. already dominates its home market, operating most of the electricity grid that powers the world’s second-largest economy. Now it has big plans for the world: a $50 trillion global power network that harnesses Arctic winds and equatorial sunlight.  Read the full story here (http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-state-grid-envisions-global-wind-and-sun-power-network-1459348941) to get the[...]

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Maryland Becomes First State To Ban A Class Of Pesticide Thought To Harm Bees

April 08th, 2016

Bonnie Raindrop has been beekeeping for just nine years, but that’s been more than enough time to see the precipitous decline in bee populations that has been plaguing Maryland. Last year, according to the USDA, Maryland beekeepers lost 61 percent of their honeybee populations, which is two times higher than the national average. Over the last five[...]

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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO CONSERVE NATIVE FISH SPECIES AND THEIR HABITATS

November 18th, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing $3.17 million in grants to 18 partners in 34 states to improve fish habitat and stem declines in native fish populations. The funding will help partners restore and enhance stream banks, remove barriers to fish passage, reduce erosion from farm and ranchlands, and address other conservation needs in stream, lake and coastal environments. [...]

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