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View Resource Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the Sea

Take your students on an EstuaryLive telecast! EstuaryLive brings free, live internet field trips in four different estuaries around the country, right to your classroom. These online field trips are the next best thing to an actual trip to an estuary, providing students with an exciting and new way to learn about unique estuarine ecosystems. The site also includes archived webcasts and teacher...

View Resource Sea Turtle Protection and Conservation

This extensive site describes the population status of each U.S. sea turtle species and how they are protected by law. Each species' scientific name, biology, threatened or endangered status, description, human impacts, population trends, distribution, and photos are documented. Read the downloadable Recovery Plans for each species, as well as learn about turtle legislation. Site also features...

View Resource Shark Management Fact Sheet

This factsheet summarizes the Manguson-Stevens Act's requirements for managing healthy shark populations in U.S. waters, specifies bans on wasteful fishing practices like shark finning, and identifies U.S. participation in international management plans. It reports the status of U.S. shark stocks and identifies the current fishing restrictions, prohibitions, and management strategies in place.

View Resource Bycatch-NOAA Fisheries Feature

This government site offers detailed reports on U.S. bycatch and related research and regulatory actions issued by Fisheries Management Councils, National Marine Fisheries Service, ByCatch Reduction Task Force, and some international agencies. Download documents on: recent rulings; research for monitoring and reducing bycatch; regulatory actions to monitor and decrease bycatch. Site also includes...

View Resource International Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Plan

Official US statement acknowledging the need to quantify sea turtle bycatch and seek solutions to reduce incidental capture. Fishing gear modifications are recommended as an alternative to fishery closures. Plans for data collection and information sharing on effects of fishing gear, especially long lines, are outlined. Calls for regional and international cooperation in monitoring the effects of...

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