“Endangered Sea turtles 1 Mex. shrimpers 0”


On April 20, 2010, Mexican certification to export wild-harvest shrimp (caught at sea) to the United States will be withdrawn.
Mexican shrimper nets lack turtle extruder devices that are up to US standards. Without extruders on their shrimp nets, sea turtles are drowning needlessly,

because its trawls lack required protections for endangered sea turtles, the State Department said. proper exclusion devices can prevent turtle mortality in shrimp trawl nets up to 97 percent.

It will not affect shrimpers this year, because Mexico’s shrimp season will have closed until fall.
The Endangered Species Act lists six of the seven sea turtle species as endangered or threatened.

Mexico’s National Fisheries Council said last week that it was working to upgrade these devices to apply for re-certification of its shrimp fleets following new inspections in August and September 2010.
This U.S. action only applies to shrimp wild-harvested in open ocean, which account for only about 20 percent of Mexico’s annual shrimp production. Most of Mexico’s shrimp are caught in shallow coastal waters or are farmed.
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“Water will rule”


Oil was king, but water will rule the world’s future.
Who ever controls the potable or drinkable fresh water supplies will control the the development of life on earth.

There are more deaths from unsafe water than from war says the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“More people die from unsafe water

than from all forms of violence, including war.”

When we fail to keep our water ways, rivers, lakes and oceans clean, we set up for more poverty, disease, starvation and death. Dehydration in Eastern and Western countries is the root of our disease patterns and little or decreased access to good quality water could become the ever increasing root of struggles between nations.

The United Nations Childrens Agency (UNICEF) noted that more than 155 million people, or 39 percent of the population in West and Central Africa, have no access to potable or drinkable water.
..Daily millions of tons of untreated sewage, industrial and agricultural wastes {are dumped) into the world’s water systems,..clean water has become scarce and will be scarcer as a result of climate change.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says global peace and security will depend on access to water.

Government stability and economic growth will always depend on countries’ ability to successfully manage water in a world where water resources grow scarcer by the day… “become better stewards of our water resources.”
We can all help protect our water supplies now, by refusing to pollute even our waste water by refusing to dump medicines, pesticides and non biodegradable chemicals or junk into our sewage system. Cleaning up debris around and in our water is growing in importance. Cleaning up mine trailing ponds and refusing to allow companies to dump wastes into our water ways and oceans while helping to remove trash, plastics and cosmetics from our beach fronts and rivers and harbors help secure better future for our endangered world.

Our actions count in the overall plan and balance of our earth,

You are missing and vital link to a healthier tomorrow for us all.

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“Whales send Navy back to reconsider”


Navy war games could impinge on the endangered right whales calving area off the Florida coast. For only the second time in the history of whale birth videography, a right whale birth has been filmed.

Derecha, a right whale, gave birth Saturday in the ocean off Vilano Beach. This happened within approximately 10 miles of the patch of ocean where the Navy wants to conduct its war games exercises. It would install hundreds of devices on the ocean floor that can monitor the training movements of ships, submarines, planes and helicopters. Onshore trainers would use the equipment to give crews almost immediate analysis and feedback on their performance.
What it would  not measure is the environmental impact of the devices, the ship traffic and sonar use at the location could have on the endangered whales in their only known birthing area. Environmental groups known and are suing to protect the whales and their habitat. Not known is the effects of these “activities on dolphins, other sea creatures and the ocean floor.
Annually during the winter months, Right whales from New England and Canada migrate to the Florida-Georgia coast.  The total population is thought to be about 450, more than 100 whales went to the area this winter.
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“Amoy tiger at root of endangered tiger tree”


If the genetic tree for any living animal has a root,  the South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) also known as Amoy, or Xiamen tiger is possibly the genetic mother for the tigers.  It is smaller and the most critically endangered of all living tiger subspecies. Possibly fewer than 20 of these tigers are left in the wild. The South China tiger is considered one of the world’s 10 most endangered animals.

Can we save them from extinction?

Male tigers measure about 2.6 m (8 ft) from head to tail and weigh about 150 kg (330 lb). Female tigers are smaller, measuring about 2.3 m (7 1/2 ft) long. They weigh approximately 110 kg (240 lbs). Both have short, broad stripes spaced farther apart than those of Bengal and Amur tigers.

These tiger prefer to eat animals from insects to humans (not recently) that weigh 30-400 lbs. They are known to stalk and follow their prey for hours. They can run in short bursts of speed averaging 35 mph, to catch its prey, but lack the stamina to maintain their top speed for long. These big cats kill their prey by suffocating it similar to cheetah kill technique. South China tigers can feed on almost anything, from small insects to Gaurs.

Gaurs

Man nearly exterminated the tigers in the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1959, Mao Zedong, during the “Great Leap Forward”, ordered the elimination of the tiger, leopards and wolves as “enemies of the people”, because they attacked farmers and villagers.The wild tiger population of the South China tiger fell from more than 4,000 to less than 200 by 1982. The Chinese government then reversed the classification of the tiger, banning hunting altogether in 1977, but this seems to have been too late.

Does not this seem like the same cycle of destruction then attempted preservation that is happening to many of our endangered animals today?

For twenty years now, no one has seen the South China tiger in the wild. Today there may only be 20 to 30 South Chinese subspecies living in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang.

Rewilding is being tried in China by savechinastigers.org

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“Seriously Threatened Asian otter is pest controller of the rice paddies”


The smallest species of all otters in the world is threatened. It measures only 94 cm (3.1 ft) from head-to-tail and weighs between 2.7 to 5.4 kg (6-11.9lbs). Their body shape is typically slender, streamlined and very flexible.  Its dextrous forepaws with claws that do not extend above the fleshy end pads of its toes and fingers help it easily forage for crabs in the rice paddies.

Asian small-clawed otter family

This dexterity created a job for this Asian small- clawed otter. This cleaver little dynamo improves the farmer’s economy by consuming small crabs that are considered agricultural pests. To get to them, they may uproot plants in the irrigated rice fields. Thus, they help control the pest population for the local farmers by wandering in area between patches of reeds and river debris where many crab species (Brachyura) are found. The small clawed otters prefers pond areas and rice fields more than the rivers, but can adapt to a river area with low vegetation. This species spends most of their time on land unlike any other otters.

They, like other otters, help keep a healthy balance in the shellfish and crustacean populations in their habitat. Due to ongoing habitat loss, pollution and hunting in some areas, the Oriental small-clawed otter is evaluated as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, because of rapid habitat destruction, hunting and pollution.

Their population is decreasing. The endangered Oriental Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea), is also called the Asian Small-clawed Otter lives in coastal regions, mangrove swamps, tidal pools and freshwater wetlands from Southern India to South China, South-east Asia, Sumatra, Java, and Palawan. It is known from all regions of Sabah and Sarawak, Brunei, and in Central of Kalimantan and in almost all other parts of Borneo.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Excerpts courtesy of  azcentral.com/wildlife-world-zoo-otters.html

Excerpts courtesy of  itech.pjc.edu/SCOTTER/ASCO

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“Angolan cheetahs rise again”


From the ashes of a 30-Year Civil War,

Cheetahs rise again

Animals are truly resiliant as Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, found three-day survey conducted in Iona National Park in the Namibe province, Africa. The 1.6 million hectare national park is ideal cheetah habitat  It is arid desertland in the southwest corner of the country was one of the former ranges of the cheetah. Iona is populated with thousands of hectares of open savannah and a growing prey base of springbok and oryx, the cheetah’s primary prey.

The rapid ecological survey, designed to assess the habitat and prey in the area as potential cheetah habitat, was carried out at the urging of Alvaro Baptista, owner of the Omauaha Lodge near Iona National Park in Namibe, informed Marker of cheetah sightings in the area and encouraged the undertaking of an extensive survey to confirm their presence and to help develop a conservation plan for their long-term protection and survival.

Marker’s visit to Angola was endorsed by the Kissama Foundation (http://www.kissama.org), which has the mandate to support the development of the National Parks of Angola since peace came to the country in 2002. As a result of meetings in Angola’s capital, Luanda, Marker hopes to develop collaborations with Kissama, as well as universities and relevant government officials. The goal is to develop a program using CCF’s proven methods for censusing cheetah populations and assisting with community, government and non-government organizations in education awareness of cheetahs and bio-diversity to show the benefits of a predator’s role in a healthy ecosystem and ecotourism.

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With your dedicated help, making the world  safer, healthier and more sustainable for all Nature’s Crusaders.

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“Critically endangered jaguar needs your help”


Protect Jaguar Habitat in Southwest Forests and Deserts

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Jaguars evolved in North America before moving south to colonize Central and South America thousands of years ago. Historically, they were reported from California to the Carolinas. But clearing of forests, draining of wetlands, and introduction of livestock — coupled with shooting, trapping, and poisoning — pushed jaguars out of the United States.

Critical habitat — the areas necessary for the species’ recovery — should be designated in the Sky Island mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, where jaguars have been seen and photographed in recent years. The areas between these isolated mountains should also be designated as critical habitat to ensure that jaguar travel is not impeded.

The Gila headwaters ecosystem in west-central New Mexico, along with the adjoining Mogollon Rim in Arizona, should also be designated as critical habitat. The last known female jaguar in the United States was killed in this area in 1963.

Please submit comments in support of the Center’s proposal to designate critical habitat for the endangered jaguar today —

the deadline is Monday, March 15. Click here now to help.

These potential jaguar habitats in Arizona and New Mexico were originally mapped by the Center for Biological Diversity as our contribution to the interagency Jaguar Conservation Team. With the Center’s help, the team’s habitat subcommittee developed criteria for potential jaguar habitat and revised those criteria after vetting by scientists. These areas could support jaguars if managed appropriately.

Urgent Click here to help today. Thank you. The Center of Biological Diversity and Nature’s Crusaders

“Stately wolf so misunderstood”


Stately wolf so misunderstood
My heart cries out for justice and protection for you and your pups.
A needed carnivore so wrongly misunderstood and hated over centuries.

Deadly games are played letting you live and spread then cutting you down

before your numbers have reached their prime.
Whole families slaughtered -your pack is gone.

I did it.

Hunters they call themselves-

Bullies with high powered guns pose near your dead body proud of what they have done.
They know not that they are hurting all of us.
Killing part of our family of interwoven life on this earth.

Stately wolf so misunderstood,
My heart cries out for justice and protection for you and your pups.
Without you roaming over our national parks and mountains culling the sick and lame
the stream beds become over grazed
without the plants at the streams edge, the small water creatures, fish and birds have no home.
Each wolf and creature and plants are part of the same family.
The lonely extinction dominoes are beginning to fall.

Only we can save us all.

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“Walmart selling whale meat”


Action please!

Illegal animal meat trade should be expanded to include whale and Bluefin tuna. Both of these species are endangered and both may be sold legally in Japan for food.

To help save these and other endangered species we can help by stop eating Bluefin tuna and refuse to support trade, travel or any companies including Walmart  that sells whale meat in Japan. Walmart touts there environmental stick, but clubs endangered animals with it when we are not looking.

Japan illegally took $2 billion worth of southern bluefin tuna, effectively killing the stock commercially in 2006. Do not support these practices.

The biggest box company in America does not seem to make enough money under cutting prices of food and products in the US, but now must traffic in “whale meat that was caught for scientific purposes”!   Give me a break.

Boycott Walmart!

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“Toxic companies near you-act now”


Our waterways and its delivery systems across the US are in peril. There is no legal body that can enforce clean water safety standards. Through various political and monetary maneuvers

more than fifty percent of the corporate polluters of our waterways can dump toxic chemicals and waste straight into the rivers and streams

feed our water shed.


The Clean Water Act was intended to end dangerous water pollution by regulating every major polluter. Regulators may be unable to prosecute and regulate as many as half of the nation’s largest known polluters because officials may neither have proper jurisdiction or because proving jurisdiction would be overwhelmingly difficult and time consuming to prove.

“We are, in essence, shutting down our Clean Water programs in some states,” said Douglas F. Mundrick, an E.P.A. lawyer in Atlanta. “This is a huge step backward. When companies figure out the cops can’t operate, they start remembering how much cheaper it is to just dump stuff in a nearby creek.”

That creek may run directly into your communities waterways from which your drinking, bathing, swimming and garden water may come. If we do not put pressure on our local officials and get educated and active we might as well just help them add mercury, pbcs, lead, hydrogen sulfide and paints directly to you and your family’s  next glass of water.

Check to see if your state’s clean water commission has become so mired in the red tap that it has no power to keep your water healthy.

Here is a list of the top water polluters near you.

If you live in a state with any of them, you better get informed and active to reclaim your rights to clean water and land or you will be hearing your state official saying what James Tierney stated below:

“This is a huge deal,” James M. Tierney, the New York State assistant commissioner for water resources, said of the new constraints. “There are whole watersheds that feed into New York’s drinking water supply that are, as of now, unprotected.”

Pollution continues here is a list of the top one hundred biggest air  polluters.

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