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  • Ocean Assets Valued at $24 Trillion, but Dwindling Fast

    April 22, 2015

    Our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, according to a new WWF report Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action–2015. And goods and services from coastal and marine environments amount to about $2.5 trillion each year—that would put the ocean as the seventh largest economy in the world if put into terms of Gross Domestic Product.

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  • Record Low for Winter Sea Ice in the Arctic

    March 19, 2015

    Following the Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880, Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its lowest maximum winter extent recorded. This record measurement is a sign of thin, slow-growing ice.

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  • New US Action Plan to Combat Black Market Fishing

    March 15, 2015

    The Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced its action plan in its efforts to stop the import and sale of IUU seafood products in the United States on March 15, 2015, at the largest seafood show in North America.

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  • My Fight to Stop Illegal Fishing

    March 12, 2015

    The topic of illegal fishing—poaching some would say—is personal for WWF's Michele Kuruc; she's been working the issue in one form or another for almost 30 years. This is her story.

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  • Giants of the Ocean: Whale Facts

    February 12, 2015

    At the top of the food chain, whales play a vital role in the overall health of the environment. WWF documents and protects critical feeding and breeding areas, and migration routes of whales. We also work to help shift shipping lanes to limit noise and other disruptions for whales and other marine species.

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  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under Threat

    February 09, 2015

    Unsustainable development alongside the Great Barrier Reef could cause severe damage to one of Earth’s most important marine environmental systems, according to a new report commissioned by WWF. In order to prevent new stress on this already-vulnerable ecosystem, WWF is calling on the Australian government to ban all dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site.

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  • A Community of Champions for Fisheries

    January 21, 2015

    Dalavapuram lies in the Ashtamudi lakes estuary on the southwest coast of India. It is home to a Ramsar Convention site where the intertwined lakes and inlets form a very important estuary system for migratory birds. This is also the home of Ashtamudi short-necked clam fishery, which in November 2014 became the first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable fishery in India.

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  • Giant Sunfish Released from Fishers' Net

    January 14, 2015

    A tuna fishing vessel operating in the offshore waters of Pakistan safely released a giant sunfish that was entangled in its fishing net. After a struggle of about 20 minutes, the fishermen successfully freed this nearly six-foot-long sunfish weighing nearly 1,000 pounds.

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  • Alaska’s Bristol Bay Protected from Oil and Gas Drilling

    December 16, 2014

    Today President Obama announced the protection of Bristol Bay, Alaska, from offshore oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is home to the last pristine salmon ecosystem in North America and stands unmatched in its productivity. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s wild sockeye salmon come from these waters.

    Bristol Bay, Alaska
  • More than 125,000 Americans Urge Obama Administration to End Black Market Fishing

    December 02, 2014

    WWF and more than 125,000 of our US supporters today urged the Obama administration to take strong action to end the global illegal fishing epidemic.

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  • A Promise of Tomorrow for Fish and People in Malaysia

    November 11, 2014

    For generations, nature has provided for the residents of Malaysia’s islands and coasts. But growing demand for seafood throughout the region has left the seas nearly empty. As communities face the reality that fishing is no longer enough to support the economy, they are hoping tourism can create new opportunities.

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  • Infographic: How Illegal Fish Arrives on Your Dinner Plate

    November 06, 2014

    Illegally caught seafood looks the same as any other seafood you buy at a store or in a market, making it extremely difficult for you to tell right from wrong. Try tracing the fish on your plate back to the ship with this infographic. Then, learn how we can fix this process.

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  • A Troubled Paradise

    October 27, 2014

    Today, the Philippines' oceans are troubled. For over a century, coastal development, destructive fishing practices, coral mining, sedimentation, overfishing and chemical pollution have chipped away at the ocean’s health. Add to that climate change consequences such as ocean warming, acidification and coral bleaching, and we have an undersea war against marine resources. Faced with this problem, many countries within the Coral Triangle have established Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), to conserve what’s left.

    Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lagoon looking bleached, Palawan, Philippines
  • Better Choices at the Great Barrier Reef

    October 27, 2014

    For decades, the Great Barrier Reef has enjoyed World Heritage Status and been synonymous with diving, tourism and with Australia. But in June of this year, UNESCO threatened to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list; a category populated predominantly by war-torn and developing nations. The final decision should be made in 2015.

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  • A Tipping Point for Change

    September 29, 2014

    Illegal fishing is a global problem with serious conservation and social impacts. We need coordinated global solutions to break the link between major import markets—like the US—and international illegal fishing.

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  • US Declares World's Largest Fully Protected Marine Reserve

    September 25, 2014

    President Obama announced creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine area on Sept. 25. Using his executive authority he has expanded the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to six times its current size, resulting in 490,000 square miles of protected marine environment.

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  • Greater Protection for Sharks and Manta Rays

    September 15, 2014

    A new conservation milestone means greater protection for sharks and manta rays. Five shark and two manta ray species are now under the protection of the CITES. The species include three types of hammerhead sharks, two manta ray species as well as the oceanic whitetip shark and porbeagle sharks.

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  • EPA Proposes Protection for Bristol Bay

    July 18, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposal to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.

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  • Charting a Path for the Future of Our Oceans

    June 17, 2014

    Today in front of ocean leaders from more than 80 nations at the State Department’s “Our Ocean” conference, President Obama announced he would direct government towards a new national strategy to address black market fishing, an initiative to combat illegally caught fish from reaching US markets and ending up on dinner tables and on store shelves across the country.

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  • Saving Sharks Will Help Conserve the Great Barrier Reef

    June 10, 2014

    As apex predators, sharks control the delicate balance that exists between earth and one of its most important ecosystems: the ocean. At WWF, we’re leading the fight to save the world’s sharks and preserve the seascapes they call home.

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  • More Than 20% of Imported Wild Caught Seafood Entering the US is Illegal, New Article Estimates

    April 07, 2014

    A new study finds that more than 20% of imported wild caught seafood by weight comes from illegal sources, valued at between $1.3 billion and $2.1 billion.

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  • A Big Step Forward in the Global Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    April 04, 2014

    The United States government took a major step forward on Thursday in the global fight against illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.

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  • EPA Launches the Process to Protect Bristol Bay

    March 13, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is beginning a process to find ways to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.

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