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Combo rock containing product illegally collected or sold from the FL Keys.
Combo rock containing product illegally collected or sold from the FL Keys. FWS Image

Idaho Aquarium Sentenced for Illegal Trafficking of Marine Life

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Law Enforcement Office, in partnership with NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Attorney for Florida, announced that Idaho Aquarium, Inc. (IAI) of Boise, was sentenced today for conspiring to harvest, transport, and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks, knowing that the marine life was taken, possessed, transported, and sold in violation of the Lacey Act. IAI, was sentenced to pay a fine of $10,000 and serve a three year probation.

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Mazama pocket gopher

"In the South Puget Sound area, prairies are our heritage, both cultural and natural. Every species, like every farm or ranch, counts in keeping the integrity of that heritage intact." -- said Ken Berg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Washington Fish and Wildlife Office manager. Photo by Kim Flotlin (USFWS)

Four Subspecies of Mazama Pocket Gopher to be Protected under the ESA

After years of close collaboration with local landowners, state biologists, federal agencies and other partners to implement significant conservation measures, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a path forward in the protection of four subspecies of Mazama pocket gophers.  The Service will list the four subspecies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act with additional provisions that recognize farmers, ranchers and the Department of Defense for their conservation efforts to date.

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A Hooded Merganser painted by Jordan Lei
A Hooded Merganser painted by Jordan Lei FWS Image

Jordan Lei wins Best In Show for 2014 Oregon Junior Duck Stamp Competition

"Conservation is the only way to make up for our past, alter the present and bring hope to the future." says Jordan Lei, the winner of this year’s Junior Duck Stamp competition for Oregon.  His entry was one of 320 entries submitted by young artists competing for the award.  His oil painting of a Hooded Merganser received "Best In Show" by the local judges and will be entered in the national competition to take place later this month.

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