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Pacific Region Highlights

Shark fins

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement found approximately 190 pounds of shark fins, which is worth as much as $57,850 on the black market. USFWS

Owner, Officers of Japanese Vessel Charged with Trafficking 962 Shark Fins

The owner and officers of a Japanese-flagged fishing vessel and 10 fishermen have been charged in federal court with aiding and abetting the trafficking and smuggling of 962 shark fins into and out of Hawaii. The Service’s Office of Law Enforcement discovered approximately 190 pounds of shark fins worth as much as $57,850 in luggage. Some species of shark – including three species found among the fins in this case – are protected under the CITES Convention. 

News release

Widsom - the worlds oldest known albatross
Widsom - the worlds oldest known albatross FWS Image

Wisdom Returns To Midway Atoll - (Again and again and again)

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and world's oldest known, banded wild bird, has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial.  Her first appearance on the atoll this year, saw her on a nest site on November 29 and biologists have confirmed that she has laid an egg. Wisdom was first identified and banded by biologists as an adult in 1956 - making her at least 68 years old.

Read all about Wisdom's adventures

Stillaguamish restoration project restores wetlands and protects farmland
Stillaguamish restoration project restores wetlands and protects farmland Northwest Treaty Tribes - w/ permission

Highlighting a Partnership that Benefits Fish, Wildlife and Habitat

As part of Native American Heritage Month, we want to highlight our successful partnership with the Stillaguamish Tribe and the restoration of the 83 acre farm along the Old Mainstem Stillaguamish river.  The 'Zis A Ba' property has been restored to its former tidal influence and in the spring, juvenile salmon will find this newly restored nursery as they make their way out of the river, gaining size and strength before they face the Pacific Ocean. 

Watch the amazing video

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