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Dive In to Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge!

Celebrate National Oceans Month by diving in to the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge! The Challenge, an initiative of USAID in partnership with National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and TRAFFIC is an open competition that will award prizes of up to $500,000 for innovative science and technology solutions that help combat the trafficking of marine and terrestrial wildlife. Winners will also receive technical assistance in scaling their solution, and other support.

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Report from CHOW 2015:
Leveling the Playing Field for Honest Harvesters

Washington DC, June 9, 2015—Following on the heels of World Ocean Day on June 8, Capital Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2015 is in full swing. Attendees will have the opportunity on Thursday, June 11, to learn the latest developments in the U.S. fight against black market fishing.

At last year's event, the White House announced a groundbreaking initiative to curb black market fishing. Since then, the Presidential Initiative on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud has solicited and received public comment on the initiative, and has moved on to the next stage with concrete recommendations to fight black market, or "pirate" fishing. As part of Thursday's agenda, SeaWeb president Dawn Martin will moderate a panel on IUU fishing.

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2016 Seafood Champion Awards Nominations Open

SeaWeb has announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 Seafood Champion Awards. The announcement was made to seafood professionals gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for the 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global, the world's largest seafood trade event, produced by Diversified Communications.

Nominations are encouraged on behalf of individuals, companies or organizations whose accomplishments demonstrate outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, seafood supply and distribution, retail, restaurant and foodservice sectors, as well as conservation, science, academia and the media.

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Fish swim by an afflicted coral

The coral pictured here suffers from white-band disease. First identified in 1977 when it struck a reef in the Caribbean, this lethal coral disease primarily targets Elkhorn and Staghorn species.

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European Union Moves to Close Shark Finning Loopholes

The European Parliament voted to close loopholes which had permitted some forms of shark finning to occur. The EU had previously banned shark finning but special permits allowed some finning to continue. Parliament’s vote, with almost 90% in favor, closes loopholes in the existing law and ends special permits. The details of implementation will now be considered by EU ministers.

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