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    Supply Chains Are Key to Change for Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans
    February 26, 2014 -- But simply improving one element of the supply chain in isolation will not get us to sustainable oceans.  Without businesses throughout the supply chain that value and differentiate sustainable seafood from pirated, illegal, or wastefully processed products, there is no market incentive for fish farmers or fishermen to change their production or capture practices.
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    John Kerry calls for global marine reserve expansion
    February 26, 2014 -- John Kerry has called for a huge expansion of marine reserves as concerns about the state of the world's oceans and the potential impact on the global economy grow.
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    Fewer Sea Turtles Affected by Cold-Stun in 2013 compared to 2012
    February 25, 2014 -- The following was released by NOAA Fisheries:
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    Shark-Fin Bans Hard to Police
    SAN FRANCISCO -- February 24, 2014 -- On a recent morning in this city's bustling Chinatown, a state wildlife official peeked into plastic bins filled with live bullfrogs and glass jars stuffed with dried abalone at various shops, searching for illicit shark fins. There were none to be found.

    It was perhaps a sign that the state's eight-month-old ban on shark fins, a traditional Chinese delicacy served in soup, was working, said the inspector, Robert Farrell, an assistant chief at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Or it could mean that the lucrative trade has been effectively pushed underground.
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    In Foreign Affairs, Alan Sielen opts for outdated and refuted information on tuna stocks
    WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) -- February 24, 2014 -- Writing in an essay originally published in Foreign Affairs, (“The Devolution of the Seas,” November/December 2013) Alan Sielen, a Senior Fellow for International Environmental Policy at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, paints a dire picture of the state of the world’s oceans, claiming that “humanity has come perilously close to reversing the almost miraculous biological abundance of the deep.”  But in his highly selective and misleading portrayal of the current state of fisheries management, Mr. Sielen gets several key facts wrong, and recirculates ideas that are either highly disputed or have been thoroughly refuted by the marine science community.
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