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Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing

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Caribbean nation joins global movement to protect sharks

In a strong move for the marine conservation movement, the government of the Bahamas has banned commercial fishing for sharks, as well as selling, exporting, or importing shark meat. The archipelago has one of the most diverse and healthiest shark populations in the world, and this move will ensure a healthy future for the often maligned creatures. Not only is it a good move from a conservation......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-11-11

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GOP vs. EPA, jeans go green, space fishing, and more.

GOP vs. EPA: The Congressional Republican attack on the Environmental Protection Agency began in earnest this week, as GOP leaders assailed EPA chief Lisa Jackson about her agency's authority to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said that the proposed emissions limits will put the US economy in a "straitjacket" and cost the country "millions of jobs and......read more

Sexism in the Sea

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Male cleaner fish punish females for poor service.

CBC News reports that scientists have found that male cleaner fish will punish their female partners if they do something that offends the larger client fish they are cleaning. This "third-party punishment" is surprising because the males don't appear to be directly harmed by the females' behaviour. Nichola Raihani of the Zoological Society of London and colleagues at the......read more

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