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In Indonesia, a New Law Protects Manta Rays

February 19, 2014

Ray populations in Indonesia face serious threats from overfishing, but recently the government has taken action to ensure their future.

Alarming Analysis: One Quarter of Sharks and Rays Face Extinction

January 22, 2014

As overfishing pushes more and more shark and ray species to the brink, WCS is increasing its commitment to the conservation of these fish and their relatives over the next 10 years.

New York Aquarium Breaks Ground on Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

January 10, 2014

The groundbreaking of the facility is part of the effort to transform WCS's New York Aquarium and continue the rebirth of Coney Island.

Own a Piece of WCS's New York Aquarium, Virtually

October 29, 2013

To support the New York Aquarium as it is rebuilt and transformed following Hurricane Sandy, WCS has launched an online campaign. Virtual tiles of a shimmer wall, which will surround the aquarium's new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit, are being sold at

Previously unknown humpback dolphin species identified, researchers say

October 29, 2013

In an exciting discovery, researchers have identified a new species of humpback dolphin in Australia.

Building Better Fish Traps

October 8, 2013

New fish traps designed by researchers from WCS and the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute keep big fish in and let non-target fish out.

Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Mysterious Whale Stranding

September 25, 2013

For the first time, a mass stranding of whales has been attributed to sonar mapping.

Let’s Not Shatter the Glass Eel

August 7, 2013

With relentless fishing, dams, habitat loss, and pollution threatening their populations, American eels need our help. Dr. Merry Camhi, director of the New York Seascape Program at WCS’s New York Aquarium, and Dr. John Waldman, Professor of Biology at Queens College, describe these mysterious fishes and a unique window of opportunity to help save them.

Argentina’s Open-Ocean Reserve

August 2, 2013

Argentina has created its first open-ocean protected area, Burdwood Bank. This sanctuary in the Patagonian Sea will protect whales, penguins, and rare cold corals. WCS commends Argentina’s government on the achievement, and thanks local partners of the Forum of NGOs.

Virtual Dive in Fiji

August 2, 2013

Namena Reserve is Fiji’s largest marine protected area, located on the southern coast of Vanua Levu Island. Fishing is banned here, and the reserve is home to abundant populations of sharks and rays, octopi, seahorses, and schooling fish—all on view in this underwater tour of its stunning coral reefs.


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