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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

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PHOTO: Sardine fishing on the West Coast is officially ending, over concerns that overfishing the species is affecting the food supply for predators such as sea lions. Photo credit: Geoff Shester, Oceana.

Commercial fishing for sardines on the West Coast now is illegal - effective immediately. At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to end the sardine fishing season now instead of on June 30. It said overfishing has contributed to a 90 percent dec ...Read More

PHOTO: One thousand bottlenose dolphins have been found dead in an area stretching from the Florida Panhandle to the Texas-Louisiana border in the five years since the BP oil spill. Photo Credit: Courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

AUSTIN, Texas - Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and released at least 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists still are studying the environmental impacts. BP said its data shows the waters are returning to normal, but a new report by the Na ...Read More

PHOTO: Many want Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Climate and Resiliency Commission to plan for sea-level rise on the Virginia Coast, in part because of storms such as Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of NASA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Terry McAuliffe's office wants to plan for climate change. Many want his Climate and Resiliency Commission to look at sea-level rise. Chris Miller recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He helped write a report on what's coming as ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of marine mammals are stranded on beaches in Massachusetts and around the country, and groups are asking Congress to restore critical funding to rescue them. Photo credit:  J. Cumes/Int'l. Fund for Animal Welfare

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass. – Hundreds of dolphins, seals and whales are stranded on beaches in the Bay State every year, but dwindling government support is making the job to save them extremely difficult for rescuers and scientists. Katie Moore is a marine mammal rescuer and scientist for the Inte ...Read More

PHOTO: A local brewing company has released a beer to salute Chesapeake Bay. Full Tilt Brewing's The Bay IPA also helps raise money for restoration projects. Photo credit: Ben Schumin/Wikimedia Commons

BALTIMORE - It's a win for a local company and a win for Chesapeake Bay. A Baltimore-based brewing company has created "The Bay IPA" - a beer that salutes the bay with label art, and a portion of sales proceeds will go to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for restoration projects. Full Tilt Brewing co-owner ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 75 marine scientists and environmental organizations are pressuring the Obama administration not to allow oil and gas companies to survey the Atlantic coast for places to drill, saying it could endanger sea life and threaten New York's coastline. Photo credit: Bryan Burke/Flickr

NEW YORK - More than 75 marine scientists and environmental organizations are pressuring the Obama administration not to allow oil and gas companies to survey the Atlantic coast for places to drill, saying it could endanger sea life and threaten New York's coastline. They argued in a letter to the ...Read More

PHOTO: An aerial view of Terminal Five at the Port of Seattle shows the location at the heart of a lawsuit filed on Monday to stop oil drilling ships from being docked and repaired in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - It's turning out to be a big week for oil transport issues in Washington. On Monday, four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to allow oil drilling ships to be housed and repaired at the port's Terminal Five. Becky ...Read More

PHOTO: Companies such as Cape Fear River Adventures count on the health of the North Carolina coast and are concerned about the possibility of offshore drilling. Photo credit: Cape Fear River Adventures

WILMINGTON, N.C. - With its 300 miles of coastline, North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to the health of the Atlantic. It's why government, environment and business leaders are joining together to voice their concerns over the Obama administration's recent announcement that it would open ...Read More

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