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August, 2008

  • 8 August

    Breeding Shags Hit By Parasites

    Isle of May From news.bbc.co.uk

    (From news.bbc.co.uk)- Parasites found in the stomachs of North Sea birds on the Isle of May are reducing their ability to breed, Edinburgh biologists have found. A study by the city”s university discovered parasites in the stomachs of European shags were preventing mothers feeding their sons enough nutrients. As a …

  • 8 August

    California State Legislature Unanimously Approves Sea Otter Awareness Week

    Sea Otter From Wikipedia

    (From marketwatch.com) Sacramento, CA-  The California State Legislature unanimously approved a resolution officially proclaiming the last week in September as Sea Otter Awareness Week throughout California. “Sea Otter Awareness Week is about informing people of the threats that sea otters still face every day and about what concerned citizens can …

  • 8 August

    Sea Lovers Say Coral Is Too Precious To Wear

    From articles.lancasteronline.com

    (From articles.lancasteronline.com)- Sea coral is blessed with wonderful colors, an intricate design and memories of the lapping ocean. It”s no wonder that the worlds of fashion and home decor are in the midst of a love affair with it.Some argue, though, that coral is too precious to wear.

  • 8 August

    Dolphins Being Harassed More Often, Volunteers Say

    (STAFF PHOTO: BRADLEY J. PENNER)

    (From app.com)- More people are harassing a group of dolphins that has been lolling about in two New Jersey rivers, volunteers who have been keeping watch over them said Thursday. “I”m starting to get concerned, because people are getting more callous in their treatment of the animals. I was out …

  • 8 August

    After Straying into River, Dolphins Staying for Dinner

    (From nj.com)- A pod of bottlenose dolphins that ventured into the Shrewsbury River two months ago haven”t lost their taste for Monmouth County. Still feeding on a bounty of menhaden — a herring-like, large-headed fish averaging a foot in length — about a dozen of the dolphins have stayed behind, …

  • 8 August

    Lobster-Poaching Charges

    Spiny lobsters (Wikipedia)

    (From nytimes.com)- A Florida Keys commercial fisherman could lose his boat and go to prison if convicted of charges that he illegally poached thousands of spiny lobsters with traps that damaged coral reefs and sea grasses in sensitive marine waters.

  • 8 August

    Dead Fish Floating at Sea

    Fish kill

    (From thepeninsulaqatar.com)- A large number of dead fish have been seen floating in the sea off Qatar. The high temperature of sea water is believed to have caused the mass death of fish. Cheri and the popular Hamour, among other species, were seen among the dead fishes. The sea water …

  • 7 August

    Minae Pledges to Help Costa Rica’s Coco Island

    Isla del Coco From costaricapages.com

    (From costaricapages.com)- Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco, or Cocos Island, is located 340 miles (550 kilometers) off the country’s Pacific Coast, and is Puntarenas province’s 13th canton. The waters surrounding it are filled with Hammerhead sharks, stingrays, dolphins, and many other marine species. Now, the Minister of Environment and Energy …

  • 7 August

    Trash Soils Bush Pledge to Protect Islands

    Monk Seal

    (From ap.google.com) Washington- Two years ago with fanfare, President Bush declared a remote chain of Hawaiian islands the biggest, most environmentally protected area of ocean in the world. It hasn”t worked out that way. Cleanup efforts have slowed, garbage is still piling up and Bush has cut his budget request …

  • 7 August

    California Forestry Officials Reject Rules to Protect Salmon

    From wikipedia.org

    (From sacbee.com)- California forestry officials Wednesday rejected an emergency petition to protect coho salmon in coastal streams, even though federal fisheries regulators said it would help the imperiled fish. The request came from California Trout, the Sierra Club and the Environmental Protection Information Center. It targeted coho salmon in coastal …

  • 7 August

    Activists Ask for Orca’s Release

    Lolita, the Orca From Krosstok (Flickr)

    (From canada.com)- As members of the three resident orca pods travelled up Puget Sound, explosives were thrown into the water from aircraft and about 100 frantic animals were driven into Penn Cove on Whidbey Island and netted. At least four whales were killed and about seven others were captured and …

  • 7 August

    Insecticides in Common Use in Oregon Could Be Threat to Salmon

    From wikipdia.org

    (From kdrv.com) Eugene, Or.– Commonly used insecticides that have been showing up in Oregon watersheds could pose a real threat to endangered salmon. The three insecticides are chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon. All three are in common use around Oregon homes and farms.  And federal researchers caution that could ultimately lead …