Crab season to be cut short in California to protect whales and turtles

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will close California’s Dungeness crab fishery three months early in 2019 to reduce the chances that whales and other sea life will become entangled in fishing gear.The crabbing season in 2020 and 2021 will also be shuttered early in places where high concentrations of whales come to feed in the spring, such as Monterey Bay.Conservationists applauded the changes, saying that they will save animals’ lives.The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations was also involved in hammering out the settlement, and its representative said that the new rules, while “challenging,” would help the industry move toward a “resilient, prosperous, and protective fishery.” Whales and sea turtles off the coast of California will have less time to contend with possible entanglements in crab fishing gear in 2019, after a one-and-a-half-year lawsuit settlement shortened the Dungeness crab season by three months in late March.The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity sued the California Department of Fish and Game in 2017. The center argued that the agency’s authorization of the commercial fishery for Dungeness crab wasn’t in line with the United States’ Endangered Species Act because the equipment used in the fishery had led to a rise in the “illegal take” of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) and leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Humpbacks are considered endangered under the federal law in parts of their range; blue whales and leatherbacks are listed as endangered throughout their entire ranges.A blue whale mother and calf. Image by Andreas Tille via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).Twenty-two whales became entangled in crabbing gear in 2016 off the West Coast of the U.S., compared with 11 in 2015, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The Center for Biological Diversity negotiated the settlement with the state’s wildlife department, as well as the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, which intervened in the lawsuit.“This is great news for whales and sea turtles fighting extinction off California’s coast,” Kristen Monsell, a Center for Biological Diversity attorney, said in a statement. “The settlement will reduce serious threats from crab gear to these beautiful and highly endangered animals. This agreement is a turning point that gets us closer to zero entanglements and a healthy ocean.”Dungeness crabs in San Francisco. Image by Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).The lines that run between surface buoys and crab pots on the seafloor can ensnare whales and other sea life, causing infections, preventing them from feeding and, in the most serious cases, leading to drowning.In addition to the closure of the crab fishery on April 15, 2019, the 2020 and 2021 seasons will end on April 1 in each of those years in places where lots of whales feed in the spring, like Monterey Bay. If observers spot high concentrations of whales elsewhere, the agreement allows them to close the season earlier.Boats using “rope-less” gear won’t be held to those closure dates, though Noah Oppenheim, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, told the San Francisco Chronicle that this new technology is “extraordinarily expensive.”Under the terms of the settlement — which still must be approved by the courts — the fish and wildlife department also must put regulations in place that require crab fishers to pull their lines and pots from the water instead of abandoning them to become floating hazards for marine life.A breaching humpback whale. Image courtesy of NOAA (Public domain).Oppenheim said the restrictions will make a difficult way of life even tougher.“The past several years have been extraordinarily challenging for fishing families, and the actions we’re taking here are no exception,” he said in the statement. “But in the end, we’re going to emerge together with a resilient, prosperous, and protective fishery that will continue to feed California and the nation.”“This settlement represents the path back to normality for California’s crab fishery with built-in protections for whales and crab fishing operations under the Endangered Species Act,” Oppenheim added.“As I’ve said many times, no one wants whale entanglements to happen,” Charlton H. Bonham, director of California Fish and Wildlife, said in the statement. “This agreement represents hours of intense negotiation to help ensure [entanglements] don’t happen and [to] support the resiliency of the crab fishery in the long-run.”Banner image of a humpback whale mother and calf courtesy of NOAA (Public domain).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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