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Earth Day 2019: New York Aquarium and Aquarium Conservation Partnership Further Commitment to Reducing Plastic Pollution

On Earth Day 2019, aquariums across the United States are leading by example in the fight against one of the threats facing ocean and freshwater animals – plastic pollution. The 20 aquariums that make up the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) are committing to three business practices that bring their facilities closer to eliminating all single-use plastic materials.  Collectively more than 600 businesses and 160,000 individuals nationwide joined the aquariums by making business and lifestyle changes that reduce consumption of single-use plastic.


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River Ready: NYC Parks’ Presents the Third Annual “Running of the Fish” in Bronx River at the Bronx Zoo
NYC Parks, in partnership with the Bronx River Alliance, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) today came together to stock the Bronx River at the Bronx Zoo with 400 alewife, a type of river herring.
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New Initiative Launched to Help Protect New York’s Great Whales
Equinor Wind US, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) today launched a joint project to deploy two acoustic buoys designed to expand the detection and monitoring of whale species found in the waters of New York Bight.
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WCS Commends Governor Cuomo for Plastic Bag Ban
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly for their leadership in banning single-use plastic bags in this year’s budget. 
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Coney Island Polar Bear Club Donates Funds to New York Aquarium and Other Coney Island Nonprofits

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club has announced donations totaling over $60,000 to local nonprofits in the Coney Island community, including a $20,000 donation for the New York Aquarium’s local marine conservation efforts.


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WCS’s “9 for ‘19”: Nine Iconic Wildlife Species that will Actually do Better this Year
WCS scientists in our Global Conservation Program and in our zoos and aquarium issued a list of nine iconic wildlife species that are recovering in 2019 due to conservation action.
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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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