Sentences were handed down today in two separate incidents of illegal trafficking in marine life, including alligators, lemon sharks, eagle rays, sea fans and ornamental tropical fish. The sentences were announced by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the Service and NOAA. In both cases, the marine life came from Florida.
Dan Ashe talks on camera on the Open Country show about what it's like to manage the world's greatest fish and wildlife conservation organization, its rewards and its challenges in implementing the nation's conservation policies and regulations, and overseeing some 150 million acres of public lands.
Species in need of conservation will benefit from $47,877,598 in grants from the Service’s State Wildlife Grants program. The funds are apportioned annually to all states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. The program awards grants for projects that conserve species identified in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. States and their partners provide a non-federal funds match.
Two California residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on felony charges connected with their sale of two black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent working on Operation Crash -- the Service's ongoing investigation of rhino horn trafficking. The pair were arrested on March 19 after closing the deal in a Vegas hotel room.
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