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WildAid Celebrates World Oceans Day to Protect Marine Species in Ecuador

Help us protect sea turtles in Ecuador for World Oceans Day.

WildAid will support marine conservation efforts on coastal Ecuador in celebration of World Oceans Day 2016.

Under this year’s theme of “healthy oceans, healthy planet,” we will protect humpback whale mating and birthing areas, sea turtle nesting beaches, manta aggregation zones, shark migration routes and coral reef habitats.

WildAid works with park rangers in Ecuador to prevent illegal activities such as shark finning, long-line fishing, and poaching to protect sharks, sea turtles, humpback whales and mantas. We help community leaders and park rangers better monitor critical marine habitat with technology and training, provide community education to encourage conservation and assist fishers to better organize and manage their fishing grounds. 

Thanks to a generous matching donation by a WildAid donor, all contributions for WildAid’s marine program for World Oceans Day this year up to $50,000 will be doubled until June 12 and will be used to support direct marine protection for Ecuador’s mantas, sharks, whales and sea turtles. Join us now and double your support for WildAid!

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World Oceans Day Challenge: Your Gift is DOUBLED.

Help us protect sea turtles in Ecuador for World Oceans Day.
Happy World Oceans Day! 

With your support, WildAid is answering the call for stronger safeguarding and enforcement of the world's marine protected areas - designated sanctuaries that are vital for whales, sea turtles, sharks and other marine animals.  

In honor of this year's "healthy oceans, healthy planet" theme, a WildAid major donor will match online contributions up to a total of $50,000 through June 12 to support marine protection initiatives in Ecuador, where illegal fishing poses an increasing threat to the survival of many endangered species.  

Your doubled gift will help protect humpback whale mating and birthing areas, sea turtle nesting beaches, manta aggregation zones, shark migration routes and coral reef habitats in Ecuadorian waters.

Success! U.S. Effectively Bans Ivory Trade

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2016) — In a bold effort to save Africa’s elephants, the Obama Administration has released strong, clear rules aimed at effectively shutting down the U.S. ivory market, one of the world’s largest.

Released Thursday, the final Endangered Species Act special rule for the African elephant substantially limits imports, exports and sales of African elephant ivory across state lines, while carving limited exceptions for certain pre-existing manufactured items, such as musical instruments, furniture pieces and firearms that contain less than 200 grams of ivory. The rule was finalized after a lengthy review period that drew 1.3 million public comments overwhelmingly in favor of protecting elephants.

The new rules issued Thursday by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service follow landmark commitments made last fall by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to abolish the domestic ivory markets in their respective nations. Hong Kong officials announced in January their intentions to do the same, followed by France, which announced a ban on the ivory trade soon after the historic ivory burn ceremony in Kenya on April 30.

Protesters Target Cathay Pacific Over Shark Fin Shipments

Anger at Cathay Pacific for their stubborn stance on shark fin cargo shipments has been building for some time. This past weekend, it erupted in a flashmob protest at the airline's check-in counters at Hong Kong International Airport.

The members of the public who voiced their disgust during this weekend's protest were obviously not doing so for fun, but as a last resort.

Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used each year for shark fin soup. After removing the fins, poachers return sharks to the ocean, often still alive. 

Galapagos Park Rangers Train with Peruvian Coastguard

Galapagos park rangers at CLS Peru

This week, WildAid and CLS coordinated a peer exchange between Galapagos park rangers and members of the Peruvian Coast Guard to share their experiences in using electronic technology for surveillance of marine areas.

In this peer exchange the Peruvian Coastguard will demonstrate how their control center combines data using those same two systems (AIS and VMS) to monitor suspicious activity within their waters. This collaboration may also aid environmental officials from both countries in better protecting shared migratory species, such as giant mantas, sharks, humpback whales, and sea turtles.

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