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A Paramuricea coral in Nygren Canyon which 165 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted this week to create the largest protected area on the East Coast of the U.S.—a 38,000-square-mile expanse that runs along the coast from Virginia to New York. Here, the ocean floor is riddled with canyons that burrow thousands of feet into the Earth’s crust, providing shelter for fragile coral ecosystems.

A humpback whale feeding in Monterey Bay, California.

Menhaden are one of the most important fish you've probably never heard of. They are a keystone species, a vital link in the ocean's food chain.

Four years ago, they were in serious trouble. Overfishing and pollution in the Atlantic Ocean had caused the menhaden population to collapse to its lowest level in 40 years, an alarming fact that reverberated across the entire food chain.

Gray wolf howling in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.

Conservationist Bob Ferris once remarked, “Wolves are very resourceful. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them.” If I were to amend that statement at all, it would be to add that wolves also need for politicians not to meddle with the law that protects them from being shot at in the first place. 

A variety of seabream fish swimming in the Mediterranean.

Another World Oceans Day is behind us, but despite growing awareness about the dangers of climate change and warming seas, water temperatures continue to creep up. Marine species are expected to shift toward the poles to cope with rising temperatures near the equator, according to a study published last week in Science.

Senator Cardin (D-MD) speaks in front of the White House.

Some members of Congress have lost sight of the fact that access to clean water is a basic right that everyone should enjoy. Over the years, loopholes have been created  in such key environmental laws as the Clean Water Act have allowed the oil and gas industry to develop unchecked, putting the health of the American people and the environment at risk.

A breaching gray whale off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

This is a guest post contributed by Haydée Rodríguez. Haydée is an environmental law attorney with a master’s in environmental science and public policy from Columbia University, New York. Based in San José, Costa Rica, Haydée has been working for AIDA on marine protection, freshwater and mining issues since 2013. 

Lake Siskiyou beneath Mount Shasta in Siskiyou county, Calif.

Last week, the California Court of Appeal overturned a superior court ruling from Siskiyou County in northern California in a decision that supports a concept so simple and straightforward that the court was able to sum it up with one wry quote from the Dr. Seuss book Horton Hatches the Egg.

“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant,” concluded the court, echoing the words of Horton, an elephant in the story who is determined to keep his word to sit on an egg while the mother bird is away.


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