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>>>  Superintendent  Manages    for our Children's Future!   

- Superintendent and the Monroe County School Board needs to go slow on six-acre School District-owned tract that borders the Key West Bight!
Futurize Kids'ä
see Monroe County School District at  www.keysschools.com
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"By the Law of Periodical Repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again, and again, and again -- and not capriciously, but   at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another's, and each obeying its own law ... The same Nature which delights in periodical repetition in the sky is the Nature which orders the affairs of the earth. Let us not underrate the value of that hint." -- Mark Twain
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   >>> IGFA Auction and Dinner Every Jan. in Palm Beach FL .... igfa.org     
Keys Fish Journal Approved!
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>>> Shark Protection More help is needed!               email: chairman@SharkFest.com
United States of America - More than 60 countries agreed to ban the killing of sharks for their fins in the Atlantic Ocean. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic (ICCAT): the agreement bans the practice known as shark finning in which fishermen slice off a shark's fin and throw the carcass overboard, leaving room for more fins. Shark fins are a delicacy in Asian countries and command high prices: shark fin soup sells for more than $100 in Singapore.  The United States had called for a reduction of the number of fishing vessels that hunt sharks, but ICCAT left that unchanged.   According to the United Nations, more than 100 million sharks are killed each year. A study last year estimated that 90 percent of the world's large fish - including sharks - have disappeared since 1950.  Sharks are exceptionally slow growing, and they take many decades to recover once they're depleted. There are few international restrictions on shark fishing and trade. The United States banned shark finning in the Atlantic in 1993 and in the Pacific Ocean in 2002.
South Korea was the only country to resist the ban on shark finning and that it has six months to consider whether it will sign the agreement.
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                    >>>  Floridakeys.US Corals to be saved - but will this late action allow survival?
NOAA RELEASE: - NOAA Fisheries Service Proposes First Listing of Corals Under the Endangered Species Act NOAA Fisheries Service has announced that it will propose listing staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In the western Atlantic, Acropora corals are found in shallow water on reefs in the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean. Staghorn and elkhorn corals exhibit particular branching patterns that provide important habitat for other reef organisms; no other Caribbean reef-building coral species are able to fulfill these ecosystem functions. Both species suffered precipitous declines in the early 1980s throughout their ranges, and this decline has continued. Threats to these species include physical damage from human activities and hurricanes, as well as disease and temperature-induced bleaching. NOAA's Coral Program monitors abundance and disease outbreaks of corals, funds research on population genetics and restoration techniques, conducts on-the-ground conservation activities, and participates actively with its partners on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. In spite of domestic and international conservation efforts, these species have continued to decline in abundance. The next step in the listing process is publication of a proposed rule, with an opportunity for public comment. NOAA will also coordinate with state and territorial managers throughout the process. If the listing decision is approved through a final determination, these two species would be the first corals ever listed under the ESA. For more information, read NOAA’s news release and the report of the biological review team.

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                 >>>  Right Whale to become another name on the list of extinction!

NOAA - Revised Recovery Plan for North Atlantic Right Whales Now Available The recovery plan for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, originally prepared in 1991, has been revised. The ultimate goal of this plan is to promote the recovery of North Atlantic right whales to a level sufficient to warrant their removal from listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The population is currently believed to contain only 300 individuals and it remains unclear whether its abundance is static, undergoing modest growth, or, as recent modeling exercises suggest, currently in decline. There has been no apparent sign of recovery in the last 15 years and the species may be rarer and more endangered than previously thought. Because the right whale is a long-lived species, extinction may not occur in the near future, but the possibility of biological extinction in the next century is very real.

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                >>>  10 most endangered national wildlife refuges - Defenders of Wildlife
- Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska:
   Proposals to by the oil industry to drill inside the refuge.
- Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona:
   Increasing illegal drug and immigrant traffic and Border Patrol operations.
- Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana:
   Effects of private gas and oil companies.
- Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Nevada:
   Proposals by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to drill water wells in the refuge.
- Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California:
   Polluting runoff, invasive species and rapid suburban development.
- Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges, Oregon and California:
   Pesticide pollution and use of the basin's water for industrial farming.
- Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota:
   Air and water pollution from coal-burning power plants in Canada and North Dakota.
- Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Texas:
   Development surrounding the refuge's fragmented parcels of land.
- Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina:
   A landing field for Navy fighter jets to fly 100 sorties a day at low altitudes.
- Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa:
   Agricultural runoff, habitat loss, mercury contamination, water pollution and invasive animal and plant species.
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