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Paul Souza. Credit: Kayt Jonsson / USFWS
Paul Souza. Credit: Kayt Jonsson / USFWS

Paul Souza Named Pacific Southwest Regional Director

May 24, 2016
Assistant Director for Science Applications Paul Souza, a 19-year Service employee, will take over as the agency’s Regional Director for the Pacific Southwest Region in August, leading a region consisting of California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin of Oregon. Outgoing Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener will advise the new Regional Director on California water issues until he retires at the end of the year.
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Florida softshell turtle. Credit: Andrea Westmoreland/Creative Commons
Florida softshell turtle. Credit: Andrea Westmoreland/Creative Commons

On World Turtle Day, Service Finalizes Trade Protections for Four Freshwater Species

May 23, 2016
The Service today celebrates World Turtle Day through a final rule addressing the growing threat of unsustainable and illegal trade in four native species. The common snapping, Florida softshell, smooth softshell and spiny softshell turtles will now be protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As a result of this listing, exporters will be required to obtain a permit before shipping any of these turtles overseas, helping the United States better control trade to ensure it is legal.
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Click to watch the Service’s animated fish migration video Credit: USFWS
Click to watch the Service’s animated fish migration video Credit: USFWS

People Around the Globe Celebrate World Fish Migration Day

May 20, 2016
As part of a global initiative to highlight the importance of conserving migratory fish species and aquatic ecosystems, the United States and approximately 60 other countries are celebrating World Fish Migration Day on May 21, 2016. More than 1,500 organizations are participating in the occasion, holding over 400 events, including dam destructions to open fish passageways, river cleanups, educational seminars and fishing activities.
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