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    House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Exempting Commercial Fishing Vessels from Onerous Vessel Discharge Permitting Requirements
    March 3, 2014 -- The following was released by the Garden State Seafood Association:
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    Seismic Air Guns for Oil Exploration: Impact on Marine Life
    March 2, 2014 -- On Thursday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released an Environmental Impact Survey, three years in preparation, assessing a proposed project to use seismic air guns for exploring the offshore oil and gas resources beneath the U.S. Atlantic outer continental shelf range, and proposing mitigation measures to diminish the impact on marine life.
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    WWF opens 2014 Smart Gear Competition
    March 3, 2014 -- WWF is launching the 2014 International Smart Gear Competition, which seeks and supports innovative solutions to address fisheries bycatch, the unintentional catch of fish and other marine species.
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    NE groups honored for bycatch reduction effort
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- March 2, 2014 -- Several New England groups are part of a consortium that's being honored for its efforts to reduce unintended bycatch of species like sea turtles, whales and seals.
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    The Comeback of Blacktip Sharks
    March 3, 2014 -- Scientists aren’t certain of blacktip status on the Atlantic coast, but anglers there are seeing more and more each year. A formal assessment is expected after 2014.
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