1. Why a New Fisheries Bill Is Being Dubbed the “Empty Oceans Act”
Americans throw away 500 million straws per day, enough to circle the Earth twice. These cylindrical pieces of plastic are significantly contributing to the growing slurry of plastic pollution in our oceans. Plastic does not degrade, and according to a study funded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish unless we drastically change our habits and laws.
Editor’s Note: Sea Save Foundation was on-site and critical for the inclusion of these species in the CITES 2013 and 2016 votes. At CITES 2013, we broke the news of a delegate payoff that was going to affect the shark species votes and turned the tide. We will remain on top of all CITES news in order to keep you informed.