Canada Passes ‘Free Willy’ Bill Banning Whale and Dolphin Captivity

By the end of June, it will be illegal to keep whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. The so-called “Free Willy” bill passed the Canadian House of Commons by an overwhelming majority Monday, CBS News reported. It now must pass through a process called “royal assent” in which either the governor general or their deputies sign […]

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Milkweed is a Life Preserver for Monarchs

During the Pacific battles of WWII, military occupation of Java eliminated the Allies’ source of kapok, the material that filled life jackets used by soldiers in the war.1 Kapok is a cotton-like, fibrous substance surrounding the seeds of the kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra). Without this critical material to fill life jackets, the United States turned […]

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Healthy reefs, healthy people: Community-based marine conservation in Papua New Guinea (commentary)

Marine resources play a vital role in food security for coastal communities across Papua New Guinea, which, after Australia, is the largest and most populated country in Oceania. The maintenance of marine ecosystem integrity (the health of these habitats) ensures the provision of the goods and services communities rely on, including seafood, medicine, coastal protection, […]

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Thousands of confiscated juvenile European eels (Anguilla anguilla), called glass eels as they are transparent Image courtesy of the Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) 2018

Researchers and customs officials unite to fight wildlife trafficking using eDNA

A novel, fast-acting eDNA test can help airport customs officials identify illegally trafficked European eels, which as juveniles cannot be visually distinguished from legally-traded species. Although international treaties have historically provided a framework for imposing restrictions when nations violate agreements, enforcement remains a challenge in part because many trafficked specimens go unnoticed. Where enforcement proves […]

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