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The ugly truth about guns and domestic violence … a repost


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The truth about guns and domestic violence in America isn’t pretty. But if we want to make meaningful changes to our gun laws that will save lives, we have to face some shocking facts, including: Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries.American women should not be killed at such alarming rates. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an important moment to make sure that as many people as possible — our friends, family, and members of our communities — understand just how urgent this crisis is.Please share this graphic on Facebook and Twitter today:

Women in the US are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns that women in other high-income countries.

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Domestic violence in America is directly related to our weak gun laws that make it all too easy for abusers to get guns. We shouldn’t stand for this — and neither should our leaders in Congress.

The first step is to make sure everyone knows the facts.

Please share this graphic on Facebook or on Twitter today, and help make sure that your friends know just how bad this situation is.

Thanks for adding your voice,

Brina Milikowsky
Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Five sustainable – and delicious – fish you should eat


By Russ Parsonnetfishing

 

Sustainable seafood is one of the big buzzwords in food these days. And it is important: So many of our most popular fish are close to being overfished. The trick is expanding our palates, finding fish that we aren’t already loving to death.

But finding alternatives is daunting – most of us didn’t grow up with great markets, so the range of fish we know is limited. Still, there are great fish out there. So I put the question to a panel of seafood experts at Saturday morning’s “Field to Fork” segment of the Taste: What one fish would you want to put in people’s hands that is both sustainable and delicious?

Lisa Hogan, a vice president of Santa Monica Seafood – one of the leading seafood wholesalers on the West Coast – chose Santa Barbara spot prawns. They’re trapped off the Southern California coast and sold live from tanks. “They are so sweet and so delicious,” she said. “I guarantee you that once you taste these, you’ll never go back to farmed tiger or white shrimp again. They’re just amazing.”

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sheila Bowman, who manages their wildly successful Seafood Watch program, chose Pacific rockfish. “If it’s line-caught, not netted, it’s sustainable,” she said. “And as far as I’m concerned, it’s a fish that can do no wrong. It’s so delicious.”

She also offered a second choice: sturgeon. “We’ve got a growing caviar industry, and we all love that,” she said. “But you know these beautiful fish that the caviar comes from are often literally going into the garbage. They’ve got a great meaty texture, like swordfish.”

Michael Cimarusti, chef at Providence, one of the nation’s finest seafood restaurants, made what might be to some a surprising recommendation: salmon. But not just any salmon.

Pacific salmon, wild salmon, is such an amazing fish, but we take it for granted,” he said. “It is one of the best fish that we have, but I think people’s minds have been polluted by all of the farm-raised salmon. I guarantee you that if you taste them side by side, there’s no comparison. I beg you to give it

For me? I’d have to go with Pacific sardines. And when I said that, everyone on the panel nodded their heads. “That’s the fish that almost never leaves the kitchen,” said Bowman, “because the chefs keep it for themselves.” a chance.”

Grill or broil them, serve with a chopped tomato raw salsa, and you’ll want to do the same thing.

I was not going to brag but  …. had to … Pacific NW is the best in Seafood … period ~~ Nativegrl77

Great News for Alaska’s Bristol Bay —


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The Big Story
Anglo American Quits the Proposed Pebble Mine
In a surprise decision that brought new hope to Alaska’s Bristol Bay, British mining giant Anglo American — the lead company behind the Pebble Mine — announced that it is abandoning the project. The announcement dealt a heavy blow to the proposed gold and copper operation, which would produce some 10 billion tons of contaminated waste and threaten the greatest wild salmon runs on the planet. NRDC Members helped make this victory possible by deluging Anglo American with nearly one million messages of protest. The fight is not over yet — we’ll need new funding to ratchet up the pressure on the remaining companies behind the mine and win EPA action to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining.

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Navy Refuses to Protect Marine Mammals from Deadly Sonar
The U.S. Navy says it will ignore a unanimous recommendation by the California Coastal Commission to reduce the harmful effects of naval sonar on the state’s marine mammals, which would violate California law. The Navy is planning to dramatically increase its use of dangerous sonar and high-powered explosives off the coast of Southern California during training and testing. It predicts that such operations will kill hundreds of marine mammals — and injure thousands of others — over the next five years. New research shows that the Navy’s California training is already putting entire whale populations at risk, including endangered blue whales, the largest animal on Earth.
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Nobel Laureates Denounce Keystone XL
NRDC and our partners ran a full-page ad in The Washington Post that featured a letter from ten Nobel Peace Prize winners, calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way beyond dirty oil.
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U.S. Blocks Import
of Wild-Caught Belugas
The National Marine Fisheries Service has denied a permit — opposed by NRDC — that would have allowed the Georgia Aquarium to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia for public display purposes at aquaria around the country. We applaud the decision since Russia’s wild beluga population is still recovering after being hunted nearly to extinction in the 1960s. Read more. Beluga
CA County Cracks Down
on Fracking
In July, NRDC’s Community Fracking Defense Campaign scored a big victory when California’s San Benito County approved an ordinance imposing new safeguards on this dangerous form of oil and gas extraction, including a greater setback from homes and disclosure of the chemicals used during drilling or fracking. Read more. Fracking

US catfish industry legend dies


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Times are changing for mussels

By Nicki Holmyard

In the past five years, turnover and volume sales of Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group members’ mussels have increased significantly, resulting in a new state-of-the-art production facility.

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US catfish industry legend dies

Marine Harvest divests Cermaq shares

FIUN fishery gets MSC certification

Though not mandated, processing grows in the Gulf

Tradex gets RFM certified, seeks MSC renewal

New partners to tackle gluten-free market

India’s seafood exports hit record high

Bumble Bee launches SuperFresh retail line

Jail time for Trident embezzler

Tasmanian seafood sector value skyrockets

Wallace joins American Pride Seafoods

Some FADs aren’t meant to last … Casson Trenor, Greenpeace


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Thousands of sharks, rays, billfish, and other animals die needlessly every year at the hands of the tuna industry.1

The industry cuts corners out on the water by employing fishing methods that are absolutely barbaric. Among these methods, fish aggregating devices (FADs) are one of the worst.

FADs are basically floating objects left out on the water. They attract all sorts of things, including sharks, and when the ship returns it scoops up everything around the FAD with a net.2 Hardly anything survives and they simply toss everything other than tuna-live or dead- back into the ocean.

That’s no way to do business. We have a plan to save these sharks and all the other marine life that gets trapped in FADs, but we have to act now while we have the canned tuna industry’s attention.

To do that we urgently need your financial support to increase the public outcry against deadly tuna fishing methods to convince the industry to listen to consumers and move to sustainable practices.  Please make a donation today and help us save the oceans and our environment.

www.greenpeaceusa.org

We have already gotten the industry’s attention with our animated video, and more than 50,000 of you have signed on to a letter demanding that one tuna industry giant, Chicken of the Sea, reform their destructive fishing practices. Their response has been to go on the attack using an expensive PR agency to discredit Greenpeace and people like you who care about the oceans.

We’re not going to let the personal attacks and PR spin cover up the truth.

Help us fight back! We need to raise $60,000 by September 15th. This cannot wait, we must continue to pressure the tuna industry while we have their attention. Please make a donation today and help us save the oceans.

www.greenpeaceusa.org

The United States is the largest market for canned tuna in the world. And while we will continue to work with retailers to make a commitment to sustainable tuna, we will also kick off a publicly visible campaign to garner media attention and further our research of canned tuna products. With your help, we can change the industry and save these critical species before it’s too late.

You know it’s possible. We’ve been fighting together to protect our oceans for years and have been winning. The tuna industries’ lies and PR campaigns aren’t going to stop us from doing the right thing.

Thank you for all your support,

Casson Trenor
Casson Trenor
Senior Markets Campaigner

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1. D. Bromhead et al, Review of the impact of fish aggregating devices (FADs) on tuna fisheries. Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2003
2. Jessica Kondel and Jeremy Rusin,   Report of the 2nd Workshop on Bycatch Reduction in the ETP Purse-Seine Fishery, May 2007
http://swfsc.noaa.gov/uploadedFiles/Divisions/PRD/Publications/Kondel%20and%20Rusin%20Bycatch%20Admin%20Report%20LJ-07-04%20Final.pdf