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  • Save Manta Rays Initiative Chinese Medicine Use

    In recent decades, there has been an increasing demand for manta ray gill plates in Chinese medicine markets, leading to the development of targeted, commercial manta fisheries. As long-lived species who are slow to reproduce, manta communities cannot withstand these pressures, and this exploitation is having
  • Caribbean Countries Agree to Protect Endangered Largetooth Sawfish

    ROATÁN, Honduras – On World Environment Day, June 5, the critically endangered largetooth sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. 
  • Can coral reefs survive climate change and a warming ocean?

    It's no secret that coral reefs are in jeopardy. Scientists predict that almost all of the world’s reefs will be threatened by 2050 if current levels of greenhouse gas emissions continue. It’s also clear that changes are already underway: Three-quarters of global reefs are now vulnerable to man-made problems.
  • Why whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, are in danger

    Whale sharks are often called the “gentle giants” of the sea – and for good reason. Though they are the largest fish on Earth, with some individuals growing to the size of a school bus, they snack exclusively on small prey such as plankton, crustaceans and squid.
  • Canada has many reasons to celebrate World Oceans Day

    Buried under a late-May news barrage, Canada’s government made small but important changes to the Oceans Act and Petroleum Resources Act that will strengthen protection of at-risk marine ecosystems. The most significant is that government will no longer have to wait for marine 

  • The Return of The Black Turtle

    Today, we’re flooded with hopeless headlines of disappearing ecosystems and endangered wildlife. Yet, along the remote and rugged coastline of Western Mexico, a population of black sea turtles has recovered from near extinction, thanks to the Black Sea Turtle Recovery Program. In fact, it’s one of the most 
  • ProCosta: Protecting El Salvador's Unique Hawksbill Turtles

    Hunted for their colorful shells, hawksbills are among one of the most endangered sea turtle species. They live in tropical waters around the globe and a decade ago, the world almost lost this turtle in the entire eastern Pacific Ocean. Yet, thanks to committed conservation organizations, including the Salvadoran 
  • Trawler Arrested for Poaching in the ‘Land of Surfing Hippos’

    On July 24th, while the M/Y Bob Barker visited port in between patrols of Operation Albacore IV - a joint operation between Sea Shepherd and the Gabonese government to tackle illegal fishing - Gabon's National Agency of National Parks (ANPN) busted a local trawler, the Guoji 827, fishing illegally in the
  • The Most Dangerous Single Source of Ocean Plastic No One Wants to Talk About

    This July, we were all reminded about the same messages we’ve already heard: invest in reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, swap out plastic shopping bags for a cloth “bag for life”, and refuse single-use plastics, especially straws. 
  • Commentary Step inside this Little Ship of Labor Horrors

    Commentary by Sea Shepherd Captain Peter Hammarstedt about the horrible living conditions of the crew onboard an industrial fishing vessel arrested for illegal fishing in The Gambia.