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WCS: Thank You Mayor de Blasio For Keeping Momentum Behind Movement to Ban Plastic Straws in New York City
In his State of the City address yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reaffirmed his support to ban plastic straws in New York City.
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In today’s State of the City speech, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to expand the New York City’s ferry services, including a new ferry line from Manhattan to Coney Island, home of the New York Aquarium.
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Giant Singers From Neighboring Oceans Share Song Parts Over Time
Singing humpback whales from different ocean basins seem to be picking up musical ideas from afar, and incorporating these new phrases and themes into the latest song, according to a newly published study in Royal Society Open Science that’s helping scientists better understand how whales learn and change their musical compositions.
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Argentina Creates Two Massive Marine Parks

The Government of Argentina has created two massive offshore marine parks in the southwest Atlantic that will help protect the diverse marine life of the Patagonian Sea, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and a host of other partners who have worked for years to protect these biodiverse seascapes.

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New York Aquarium Joins Other Aquariums and State Leaders in Opposition to Atlantic Coast Blasting
A coalition of major public aquariums has announced that they are opposed to the federal government’s pending issuance of permits to allow repeated seismic blasting along the East Coast in search of offshore oil and gas. Marine scientists are concerned that the prolonged and extreme noise pollution introduced into already highly stressed ocean environments will disturb marine life from tiny plankton to commercially valuable fish stocks and even giant whales.
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New York’s Offshore Waters Home to Whales & Other Marine Species
WCS marine scientists surveying the waters of New York Bight for marine mammals and other species are enjoying a banner year, encountering a wide array of marine life in the waters just beyond—and sometimes in sight of—New York City.
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WCS Statement on House Passage of Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization
Since 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and measures added in its 1996 and 2006 reauthorizations, have been a cornerstone of US ocean conservation. 
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The New York Aquariums Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Opens Today

Coney Island, NY, June 30, 2018 -- The stunning new Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit opened today at the New York Aquarium.


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WCS, Coney Island Community, and City of New York Celebrate Ribbon Cutting of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at the New York Aquarium

The three-story, 57,500-square-foot exhibit building, with 9 dynamic galleries, will drive awareness of the importance of sharks to the health of the world’s ocean; educate visitors about the severe threats sharks face; and inspire guests to protect the surprisingly diverse and beautiful marine wildlife here in New York.  

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WCS Joins NYC Council Member Espinal at Rally in Support of Single-Use Plastic Straw Ban
A coalition of over 100 advocates attended a press conference and rally on June 21st in support of Intro No. 936, legislation first introduced on May 23, 2018 by Council Member Espinal (Brooklyn- East New York, Bushwick, Cypress Hills) to ban plastic straws and stirrers in New York City eating and drinking establishments.
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