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Uninformed wrote: Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:48 pm I suppose rare species will be on the black market shortly unless the area is protected. :mad:
Yes. That has happened to so many native Florida plant species. :mad:


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“Ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants, study finds”:
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Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife.

The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service is part of a broad effort by the Biden administration to undo regulations that Democrats and wildlife advocates say favored industry over the environment.

The designation of lands and waters as critical for the survival of vulnerable species can limit mining, oil drilling and other development. That’s made the designations a flashpoint for conflict between environmental and business interests.

Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon Estenoz said the proposal would bring the endangered species law “into alignment with its original intent and purpose — protecting and recovering America’s biological heritage for future generations.”
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Ban on lobster fishing to save whales is back, court rules

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The Maine Lobstering Union had won emergency relief to stop the closure of lobstering grounds, which federal regulators ruled was needed to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from extinction.

But the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the closure is back on. Removing the ban prevents the government from performing its task of protecting the whales from death by entanglement in gear, the court ruled.

The government’s role is “assuring the right whales are protected from a critical risk of death,” the court ruled.

The whales number less than 340 and are vulnerable to lethal entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with large ships. The New England lobster fishery has had to contend with a host of new restrictions to try to protect the whales. The new rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially off limits to lobster fishing from October to January.


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Manatees, Facing a Crisis, Will Get a Bit of Help: Extra Feeding
In a first, wildlife officials have decided to provide food for the mammals, which have suffered catastrophic losses in Florida waters over the last year.

By Catrin Einhorn
Dec. 7, 2021

The starving manatees are easy enough to spot. You can see their ribs through their skin. They surface to breathe more than normal. Those most in need appear off balance, listing to one side.

As manatee deaths spike and Florida rescue centers fill up with malnourished animals, federal and state wildlife officials are trying something new in an urgent effort to help the species through the winter: They will provide food, as needed, at a key location on the state’s east coast where hundreds of manatees cluster when water temperatures drop.

“This unprecedented event is worth unprecedented actions,” said Thomas Eason, assistant executive director of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, at a news conference on Wednesday.

The decision is a fraught one, because scientists have found that feeding wild animals can do more harm than good. But Florida’s manatees, already threatened with extinction, have suffered catastrophic losses over the last year. Statewide, more than 1,000 have died in 2021, a record. (In 2016, about 8,800 of the mammals remained in Florida waters, according to state wildlife officials.)




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On top of industrial ag/fishing, just think of all the economic opportunity for the wreckreation industry to engage in extinction tourism! Like some indigenous do with big game head hunts for wealthy killers except today it's for everyone!

Patagonia is on this cutting edge.
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MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Twenty critically endangered juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were flown from New England to the subtropical Florida Keys to convalesce at the Marathon Turtle Hospital after being rescued from Cape Cod Bay’s frigid coastal waters.

Each of the turtles suffers from “cold stunning,” a hypothermic reaction that occurs when sea turtles are exposed to cold water for a prolonged time, according to hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach. They arrived Friday by private plane.

“These sea turtles are at the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys to warm up just like the tourists that come to the Keys to warm up,” said Zirkelbach. “The Kemps ridley is the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world, so it’s important to help these little ones survive.”


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I love sea turtles, called honu in Hawaii, sacred creatures. I enjoyed swimming with them. They were very playful. Sometimes they were sneak up to me and scare me.Apparently they thought that was was very funny.


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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/me ... -rcna13573
Meet Methuselah, the aquarium fish thought to be the world's oldest
The 4-foot-long, 40-pound Australian lungfish with a taste for fresh figs was brought to the California Academy of Sciences in 1938 from Australia.


SAN FRANCISCO — Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs and is believed to be the oldest living aquarium fish in the world.

In the Bible, Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather and was said to have lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah the fish is not quite that ancient, but biologists at the California Academy of Sciences believe it is about 90 years old, with no known living peers.

Methuselah is a 4-foot-long, 40-pound Australian lungfish that was brought to the San Francisco museum in 1938 from Australia.

A primitive species with lungs and gills, Australian lungfish are believed to be the evolutionary link between fish and amphibians.

“By default, Methuselah is the oldest,” said Allan Jan, senior biologist at the Academy and the fish’s keeper. Methuselah’s caretakers believe the fish is female, although it’s difficult to determine the species’ sex without a risky blood draw. The Academy plans to send a tiny sample of her fin to researchers in Australia, who will try to confirm the sex and figure out the fish’s exact age.

Jan says Methuselah likes getting rubbed on her back and belly and has a “mellow” personality.

The Australian lungfish is now a threatened species and can no longer be exported from Australian waters so biologists at the Academy say it’s unlikely they’ll get a replacement once Methuselah passes away.

“We just give her the best possible care we can provide, and hopefully she thrives,” Jan said.
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Boris Johnson has much to answer for. :mad:


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It's a GIRL!!!!!!!!

https://rhinos.org/blog/sumatran-rhino- ... e-species/
SUMATRAN RHINO BIRTH BRINGS NEW HOPE FOR THE SPECIES
The Government of Indonesia announced today the birth of a female Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas National Park (SRS), Lampung Province on Thursday, March 24, 2022.


The Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), Wiratno, announced that the mother is Rosa, and the father is Andatu, the first calf ever born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. The birth of Rosa’s calf has increased the number of rhinos at the SRS to eight. In addition to Rosa, other rhinos currently occupying the SRS are Bina (female), Ratu (female), Andalas (male), Harapan (male), Andatu (male), and Delilah (female).

“The birth of the Sumatran rhino is good news amid the efforts of the Indonesian government and partners to increase the Sumatran rhino population,” said Wiratno. “My deep gratitude for the work of the team of veterinarians and keepers who have continuously monitored the development of rhino Rosa’s pregnancy and postnatal care.”

This birth was particularly momentous as Rosa had lost eight pregnancies prior to this birth. Additionally, this is the first Sumatran rhino born from a parent, in this case, Andatu, who was himself born in the conservation breeding program. “Rosa’s pregnancy represents new hope for this Critically Endangered species,” said Nina Fascione, executive director of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). “Today’s announcement is the result of the dedication by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to the Indonesian government’s national rhino breeding program.”

In 1996, IRF funded the building of the 250-acre Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in partnership with YABI, who currently manages the SRS, the MOEF, Way Kambas National Park and Taman Safari International. “The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park is the only place for the Sumatran rhino to breed naturally with the support of technology and collaboration of expertise, both from within and outside the country. The SRS seeks to produce as many young Sumatran rhinos as possible, according to safe conditions to maintain the survival of the Sumatran rhino species which is now threatened with extinction,” said Wiratno.


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https://www.treehugger.com/newborn-crit ... by-5225906
Newborn Critically Endangered Tamarin Baby Has Some Serious Hair
There are only about 2,000 cotton-top tamarin adults left in the wild.


A newborn tiny monkey sporting an impressive crown of white hair was spotted clinging to its mother one morning at a zoo in the United Kingdom.

The critically endangered cotton-top tamarin was born to first-time parents Treat and Leo at the Chester Zoo.1 This species is one of the world’s most endangered primates.2

Cotton-top or cotton-headed tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) are native to a small area in northwest Colombia.3 They live in both humid and dry tropical forests.4

Researchers now estimate that only 5% of the tamarin’s original habitat remains due to deforestation.5 The monkeys also face threats from the illegal wildlife pet trade.4

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, as many as 30,000 cotton-top tamarins were exported to the United States for biomedical research. Now, there are believed to be only about 2,000 adults left in the wild. The species was classified as critically endangered in 2008 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.4

Their population is expected to drop as much as 80% over three generations or 18 years (2018-2036) due to forest loss and capture for sale as pets, according to the IUCN.4

Conservationists at the Chester Zoo are part of an international attempt to save the species from extinction.1

“The cotton-top tamarin is an exquisite animal but sadly it’s one of the most endangered primate species on the planet,” said Nick Davis, deputy curator of mammals at the zoo, in a statement.
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Sigh. Some years ago people were switching from fish oil (specifically menhaden oil) to krill oil in order to save "the most important fish in the sea". Now the seemingly limitless quantities of krill are imperiled. :eek:


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