1. Conviction Results in Prison Sentence – Illegal Shark Fins in Costa Rica
A Costa Rica court upheld the mandate against the illegal trade of shark fins. The guilty verdict was deliberated against a Taiwanese-born business woman. She received a sentence of six months in prison.
Costa Rica law dictates that fins must arrive at port still attached to the shark’s body. Authorities discovered 652 fins were found in possession. Fins were found attached just to the spine, in an alleged attempt to create a loophole.
2. White House Plans to Reduce EPA Staff and Budget by Approximately 25%
State grants, as well as EPA air and water programs, will be cut by 30 percent.
3. First Lawsuit Filed Against EPA’s Scott Pruitt
Scientists have cataloged a detailed list of proteins found in the dolphin genome. This “could improve assessments of wild dolphin populations, and provide an immense amount of data on environmental contaminants and the safety and health of the world’s oceanic food web.”
In an attempt to circumvent this disastrous course, investigators targeted fifty resilient coral reefs that they hope to aggressively test for ways to limit damage. Using these results they hope to test ways to limit damage from climate change, pollution and overfishing.
6. China Opens Killer Whale Breeding Center Despite Growing Global Opposition
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