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The Ocean Ecosystem

The Latest On: The Ocean Ecosystem

April 11, 2013 | Case

Defending the Gulf of California from "Mega Resorts"

Earthjustice is petitioning an international commission to investigate Mexico’s recent approval of four mega resorts that threaten the wild character of the Gulf of California—one of the most diverse marine regions on the planet.

February 8, 2013 | Article

Sub Warfare Training Facility Threatens Whales, Sea Turtles

The Navy is pushing ahead with plans to build a massive submarine warfare training facility, consisting of 500 square miles of cables, nodes, buoys and other instruments, next to the only known nursery for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and on top of habitat for sea turtles and other endangered species.

December 14, 2012 | Article

Big Day For Little Fish

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has finally responded to sound science and a huge public outcry by imposing the first ever coastwide fishing cap on the catch of a little fish known as the menhaden.

November 19, 2012 | Case

Protecting Endangered Corals from Overfishing

Parrotfish and other grazing fish play a key role in promoting the health of federally protected coral species and their reef habitats, yet the government authorized targeted fishing for parrotfish and other algae-eating fish. Earthjustice sued the government for allowing fishing for these species.

November 19, 2012 | Photos

Protecting Endangered Caribbean Corals

Excessive algal growth is threatening the health of Caribbean reefs, choking out corals and degrading the habitat that other reef creatures depend on. Fish, especially parrotfish, which graze on algae around coral reefs, play a key function in providing suitable habitat for corals to settle and build those reefs.

November 5, 2012 | Case

Keeping Sea Turtles And Rare Albatross Out Of Longlines

Earthjustice is representing conservation groups in an effort to prevent the deaths of endangered sea turtles and increasingly rare albatross, which get trapped in the miles of fishing line that trail vessels in Hawai’i’s swordfish industry.

October 26, 2012 | Feature

Energy Bars of the Sea

Everything in the ocean is food to something else, a food web comprising many food chains. Earthjustice attorneys are stepping in to help stop the plunder of the ocean’s larders.

October 16, 2012 | Press Release: Victory

Protecting False Killer Whales from Longline Fishing

The federal agency charged with protecting marine mammals settled a court case by pledging to finalize and implement protections for false killer whales by November 30, 2012. False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens, which are actually large dolphins) have suffered unsustainable levels of death and serious injury in the Hawaiʻi-based longline fisheries.

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