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    Increased humpback whale sightings offshore of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
    June 19, 2014 -- Whale watching and the tri-state area are not usually mentioned in the same sentence, but that’s starting to change.

    As CBS 2′s Elise Finch reported, more and more humpback whales are spending time in the region. But why?
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    Environmentalists seek ban on “microbeads"
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- June 18, 2014 -- Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.
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    Environmentalists in California Want to Buy Up Homes to Protect Endangered Coho Salmon
    June 17, 2014 -- Environmentalists who want to bolster endangered coho salmon populations are hoping to launch an initiative to purchase homes along San Geronimo Creek, make them fish-friendly, then return them to market at affordable prices.
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    Regional Fishery Management Councils call on Oceana to retract bycatch report; Cite "substantial errors, omissions"
    WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) -- June 18, 2014  -- The Regional Fishery Management Council Coordination Committee, representing all eight U.S. regional Fishery Management Councils, has recommended that environmental group Oceana retract its March 2014 report on fisheries bycatch, “Wasted Catch,” that was widely-reported in the press without independent verification of its allegations.
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    Join NOAA Fisheries in Celebrating Sea Turtle Week
    June 16, 2014 -- The following was released by NOAA:
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GEORGE HOCHBRUECKNER: Just say nyet to Russian fish

July 28, 2014 -- The export of frozen, Russian-caught Pollock — much of it to America — amounted to nearly a half million tons, or 35 percent of Russia’s $2.4 billion seafood export sector. All of which makes a consumer boycott an easy choice for Americans seeking an outlet to express their feelings toward Russia.