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Between 1995 and 2009 more than 400 lives have been taken on the pacific highway. Estimated 10 000 injured during its existence.
The main thing that will lower deaths is a dual carriageway.
The Crocodile Islands Rangers are the last line of defence for the breeding and nesting sites of endangered species, heritage areas, endangered indigenous language and traditional ecological knowledge, the jewel of countless generations of intimate co-existence with the marine environment in the Northern Territory of Australia.
People all over the world are interested in Deptford's maritime history. The proposals for Henry VIII's royal dockyard and the site of John Evelyn's Sayes Court manor house and garden in Deptford must be fought with all the spirit and tenacity that historically characterizes the site that launched ships for the battle of the Spanish Armada, launched countless voyages of discovery of Drake, Frobisher, Cook, Vancouver, and set out ships for Nelson’s battles including Trafalgar.
By signing the petition you register that you are dissatisfied by the current development proposals for Convoy's Wharf by Hutchison Whampoa and News International.
The petition is a tool to measure local, national and international feeling about these development proposals. It is still necessary to write to Lewisham with your response to the developer's proposals.
Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre is responsible for coordinating search and rescue at sea and on the cliffs and coastline. The area covered by Swansea includes the whole of the Bristol Channel, Welsh and English coastlines.
Within the area of responsibility activity is high with numerous marinas, commercial ports, busy beaches, a large resident population and a large amount of visitors. The UK Government has announced that Swansea MRCC is now earmarked for closure.
Little or no regard has been given to public safety and this decision is based on the number of civil servants already employed in Swansea. Not a sound basis to close one of the busiest rescue centres in the UK, it must not happen.
The Hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 left Indian River and St Lucie Counties of Florida with hundreds of lost, sunken or otherwise derelict boats. These boats are left as a hazard to marine life, humans and other boats.
Gasoline, oil and other fluids leak out of these vessels as they decay poisoning and harming the environment. Maritime and civil laws interfere with the removal of these vessels and monies are lacking to fund a project.
In response to the signing and intention to start Offshore Oil Exploration and Harvesting in Belize, the Government has chosen to embark on large scale agreements with international Oil Companies to start Offshore Exploration off the Coast of Belize.
Instead of steering toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives, they are advocating tapping into our strategic natural resources and protective areas, a measure that not only endangers the life forms around said areas but steals the future from our children and provides only a very short term benefit for our country and the companies that will be harvesting the oil.
The Government demeans our system with claims of progress and practicing political maneuvers that work behind closed doors instead of cooperating with the Conservation groups in Belize and abroad.
Download the full pdf version at http://fiwebelize.com/downloads/Petition%20against%20Offshore%20Oil%20Drilling%20in%20Belize.pdf
Keep an eye on the spill here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/01/us/20100501-oil-spill-tracker.html?ref=us
Brussels, Belgium/Rome, Italy - France, other European countries and the EU Commission will in the next days confirm their final position regarding a temporary trade ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna, a measure shown by science as offering the best chance to save this overexploited species from extinction.
The 175 member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) next meet on 13-25 March in Doha, Qatar, where Atlantic bluefin tuna will be the headline species. Global fisheries experts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) already stated in December that evidence clearly shows this endangered species fits requirements for an international trade ban – through a listing on CITES Appendix I.
ICCAT science shows tuna needs protection, but they fail to act
Meanwhile, in October the scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – the management organization still failing to ensure the sustainable management of fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna – also showed that this fish amply meets the necessary criteria for a CITES Appendix I listing.
Sarkozy declares support for tuna
But the first European leader to openly declare his support for the trade ban was France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, who at a national maritime event last July said, “France supports listing bluefin tuna on the CITES convention to ban international trade. (...) Ours is the last generation with the ability to take action before it’s too late – we must protect marine resources now, in order to fish better in future. We owe this to fishermen, and we owe it to future generations.”
France, which plays a key role in Atlantic tuna fishing, is central to this debate. WWF calls on President Sarkozy to remain true to his word in championing the tuna trade ban – and also calls on Spain, holder of the rotating European Presidency and another EU country with a strong tuna fishing tradition, to show leadership on this issue of vital importance to both industry and wider marine conservation.
In everyone's interest to act – NOW!
“What is so frustrating now is that ultimately our interests are all the same – fishers, consumers, conservationists, and politicians whose duty it is to ensure future generations have a healthy environment and food to eat,” said Dr Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries at WWF Mediterranean. “WWF wants to see the future survival of Atlantic bluefin tuna, which has been fished and eaten in the Mediterranean since time immemorial. It is inconceivable that this pattern of sustainable fishing should be ruined by one, two decades of greed and bad management.”
Outgoing European Commissioners for the environment and fisheries are in disagreement over the issue. Environment commissioner Stavros Dimas is in favour of the trade ban, urging the widespread view that this is shown to have the best chance of ensuring the conservation of Atlantic bluefin. But fisheries commissioner Joe Borg of Malta – a country where tuna is big business – is continuing to take the industry line that the fleets must continue fishing, whatever the long-term cost to this fragile species.
“In a year when the EU kicks off its reform of the highly imperfect EU Common Fisheries Policy, this is a golden opportunity for the European Commission to start how it means to go on – by backing measures in global fisheries management that in the long-term ensure sustainable fishing and seafood consumption, both in EU waters and beyond,” added Tudela.
The next scientific assessment of tuna populations likely to yield fresh data will not be for several years. Atlantic bluefin tuna is a long-lived species so it takes time for any change in its populations to be detectable – a routine assessment is scheduled for September 2010, but this will provide no new insights. The high incidence of illegal fishing – exacerbated by insufficient management measures adopted in recent years – makes population growth extremely unlikely. Postponing action again will only allow one more season of massacrous fishing activity in the Mediterranean Sea.
Half measures will not be enough
Some opponents claim an alternative listing on CITES Appendix II – which requires export permits to be issued but does not outlaw commercial trade – will be sufficient to improve the status of Atlantic bluefin tuna. WWF says this would again be too little too late. Effective implementation of an Appendix II listing would be highly doubtful because decisions on catches and quotas would revert to ICCAT, the very body that has repeatedly failed to sustainably manage the species to date.
“The only measure that can truly have the necessary impact now is to suspend international commercial trade – simple as that,” added WWF’s Sergi Tudela. “There has been enough talk, enough analysis, enough debate – the facts are clear, the science is clear, the imperative is clear – it is time for President Sarkozy and others to step up to this historical challenge, and take the courageous political decision to safeguard an industry and a species that are as strong a part of Mediterranean culture and life as olive oil and sunny afternoons.”
The 1935 MV “Kalakala”, meaning ‘Flying Bird’, is a significant and iconic international, national, pacific coast, state, and local Puget Sound renowned maritime heritage treasure. She holds a nostalgic and magical place in the hearts of countless ‘Friends of the Kalakala’ today. “Kalakala”, is notable for her unique, one of a kind, stream lined style, art deco interior, and is still an infinite world renowned symbol of “Hope” as first introduced to millions of citizens during the 1930’s great depression and WWII eras.
She entertained her majesty the Queen of England, a song “The Black Ball Line” was written and sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrew sisters, and she provided her own “Flying Bird Orchestra” that entertained passengers during moonlight cruises. She served our state and international communities well and transported millions of cars, tons of cargo, and over 100 million passengers as a ferry within Puget Sound waterways between 1935-1967. She impacted local and national economies and quality of life within cities, such as; San Francisco, CA. (Former Peralta hull); Seattle, Bremerton, Port Angeles, and Tacoma, WA.; Kodiak, AK., and Victoria, B.C., Canada.
The Kalakala Alliance Foundation petition is seeking petition supporters signatures to help the Kalakala to obtain 6% of HB2379 & SB6185 funding. The State currently generates boat license fee revenues. And, $1 dollar from every boat registered in the State goes to a maritime preservation fund. The Lady Washington and Virginia V are already written within the new bills. The Kalakala Alliance Foundation is asking to share such funds by recieving 6% share perpetually.
We are asking our legislators to revise existing HB2379 & SB6185l; In part,
"On page 6, line 26,
after "succesor" insert ", six-percent of the balance of funds to the Kalakala Alliance Foundation or its corporate successor,"
"On page 6, line 31, after "successors" insert ", Kalakala Alliance Foundation and its corporate successors,"
"On page 6, line 36, after "If" strike "both" and insert delete "((both)"
"On page 6, line 37, after "successors" insert, ",Kalakala Alliance Foundation and its corporate successors,"
EFFECT: Provides that 6 percent of the fund balance will go to the Kalakala Alliance Foundation or its corporate successors, so long as it legally exists.