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Fish quotas are bad news for cod
New fishing quotas for 2006, agreed by the European Union after three-days of talks in the run up to Christmas, seemed to satisfy all the governments involved except Sweden (which abstained) but left environmentalists in despair. ... more

Killer whale 'most toxic' Arctic mammal
Norwegian killer whales are the most toxic mammals in the Arctic, it was revealed today.This also means that they are likely to be one of the most contaminated groups of animals on the planet, because the Arctic - perceived by most people to be the epitome of pristine environments - is severely polluted by hazardous man-made chemicals. ... more

Dolphins and whales 'need more protection'
Over 70 per cent of small cetaceans, animals which include dolphins and porpoises are threatened by entanglement in fishing nets a new survey shows. ... more

Dolphins at risk from noise
It is well known that dolphins are at risk from toxic pollution in the oceans and illegal fishing, but now a new danger has been identified: pile driving and industrial noise. ... more

Critical battle for reefs in the Philippines
by Henrylito Tacio

Findings from a recent survey of coral reefs in the Philippines, reveal that their destruction continues, despite some conservation gains in parts of the coast. But these positive examples do give real grounds for hope, say local experts. ... more

Fiji chiefs create marine sanctuaries on world's third largest reef
Local chiefs of Fiji�s Great Sea Reef have established the first of a series of Marine Protected Areas that will form one of the world�s largest networks of marine sanctuaries. ... more

Save our oceans call by world conservationists
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has called on nations across the world to step up their efforts to protect the world�s vast and increasingly vulnerable marine environment from climate change, pollution, resource depletion and other threats. ... more

Death traps destroying Atlantic sharks
by John Vidal and Louise Murray

Shark populations have fallen sharply in British and international waters because of a fleet of trawlers laying thousands of miles of semi-permanent nets on the sea bed. ... more

Shell pipeline puts gray whales in peril
The controversial Shell oil and gas project at Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East is threatening the western gray whale population with extinction, warn conservation groups. ... more

Tsunami disaster highlights need for environmental protection
Beyond the horrific loss of human life, the devastating earthquake and tsunami has ravaged Indonesia�s coastal environment, causing damage and loss to natural habitats and vital ecosystems. ... more

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