1. Gas Leak in Alaska Threatens Beluga Whales
2. Ninety Percent of Predatory Fish Gone from Caribbean Coral Reefs
Scientists have found that ninety percent of the predatory fish in Caribbean coral reefs have been overfished. This will result in devasting downstream effects for area fisheries and coral ecosystems.
However, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found “supersites,” which are coral reefs that could support more predatory fish if they are reintroduced. These supersites have many nooks and crannies on its surface that serve as hiding places for prey and therefore support predators.
3. Top EPA Administrator Resigns in Protest
EPA environmental justice head, Mustafa Ali, has resigned in protest. Ali helped found the environmental justice office and has worked under both Democratic and Republican administrations.
In his resignation letter, Ali recommended not moving forward with the deep proposed plan to cuts to the EPA budget.
4. Dakota Access Pipeline Court Challenge Denied
5. Established Lead Ban Repealed – Toxic Ramifications for Animals and Humans
The ban was recently approved in January by the former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this policy was put in place to phase out the use of these items in wildlife refuges by 2022.
6. Shark Culls – Threaten Ecosystems
Surfer, Kelly Slater, had recently called for a shark cull around Reunion Island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean. However, he later took back those words after talking to Paul Watson of Sea Shepard. Sharks help keep ocean ecosystems in balance, and shark culls haven’t worked in the past. Currently, Reunion Island is overrun with pollution, and overfishing. Adding a shark cull could further damage the aquatic ecosystem.
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