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Amazon Deforestation Threatens Newly Discovered Fish Species
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Amazon Deforestation Threatens Newly Discovered Fish Species

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History researcher Murilo Pastana and his colleagues have discovered and described two new species of Amazonian fish—one with striking red-orange fins and the other so small it is technically considered a miniature fish species—in a paper published today, May 16, in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Both species inhabit...

Fishing Gear and Plastic Found in Stomach of Dead Sperm Whale
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Fishing Gear and Plastic Found in Stomach of Dead Sperm Whale

This is a follow-up to a story posted on May 12. Biologists conducting an necropsy on a sperm whale that beached itself in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Keys said they found man-made materials in the mammal’s stomach that likely contributed to its death. The adult male was one of two sperm...

The Hardest Story
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The Hardest Story

Before getting started, I must disclose that this is a story I have put off writing for two years now. You see, this is about my dad, my best friend in life, and my hunting partner and fishing buddy. We lost dad in January of 2020, and I’ve put off writing this because I know...

2 Dead Sperm Whale Found in 1 Week off the Keys
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2 Dead Sperm Whale Found in 1 Week off the Keys

Two sperm whales died within seven days of each other in the Florida Keys, according to state and federal officials. One was a juvenile whale that died May 4 off Key Largo. The other, a large adult that died after beaching itself near Mud Key, about 15 miles northeast of Key West in the Gulf...

Check the Fire Extinguishers in Your Boat
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Check the Fire Extinguishers in Your Boat

Boat owners should take note of a new U.S. Coast Guard fire protection regulation that took effect April 20. Recreational boats with a disposable (non-rechargeable) fire extinguisher with a manufacture stamped date on the bottle that is older than 12 years are considered expired and must be removed from service. Fire extinguishers with a label...

Fishermen Hook Giant Endangered Stingray
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Fishermen Hook Giant Endangered Stingray

Cambodian fishermen on the Mekong River got a shock when they inadvertently hooked an endangered giant freshwater stingray four meters long and weighing 180 kilos, scientists said on Wednesday. The female leviathan, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and rarest species of fish, was caught by accident last week in Stung Treng province when it swallowed...

Garbage Island is Full of Life
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Garbage Island is Full of Life

In 2019, the French swimmer Benoit Lecomte swam over 300 nautical miles through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. As he swam, he was often surprised to find that he wasn’t alone. “Every time I saw plastic debris floating, there was life all around it,” Mr. Lecomte said. The...

Outdoor Writer Steve Gibson Passes
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Outdoor Writer Steve Gibson Passes

Well-known outdoors writer and conservationist Steve Gibson passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida, last week. He was 72. Gibson wrote for many outdoors magazines including Florida Sportsman, Gulf Coast Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Fisherman, Cabela’s Outdoor Magazine, Paddle World Magazine, Blood Knot Magazine and Florida Fishing Weekly....

Right Whale Defenders Question Wind Energy Industry Donations
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Right Whale Defenders Question Wind Energy Industry Donations

A group opposing wind projects off the coast of Massachusetts released a report Tuesday that documents contributions from wind energy developers to environmental groups in the state, donations that the authors of the report say cast questions on the ability of groups to analyze the impacts that wind projects have on the endangered North Atlantic...

$95 Announced Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges
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$95 Announced Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced that $95 million in funding has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore more than 300,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl,...