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International Update Volume 42, Issue 21

SPANISH FISHER IN BRITAIN RECEIVES RECORD BREAKING FINE

Spain, United Kingdom

A British judge ordered fines and penalties totaling a record-breaking $2.5 million against a Spanish fishing company, its British subsidiary, and two skippers for fishing illegally in UK waters. The company was accused of "flagrant, repeated and long-term abuse of the regulations" in endangering two vulnerable species, ling and hake, and damaging the livelihoods of local fishermen by putting cheaper fish on the market.

GREENLAND MELT RATE "UNPRECENTED"

Some 97 percent of Greenland's ice sheet is melting, according to NASA satellite data, an amount that is "unprecedented." Normally, about half of Greenland's ice shows signs of melting during the summer, but between July 8 and 12 of this year the melt extended across the entire land mass. "For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations," said NASA researchers. The melt follows the breaking off of a chunk of ice twice the size of Manhattan earlier this month.

NATIONS FACE WILDLIFE TRADE SANCTIONS

Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Nepal, Paraguay, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Syria

United Nations conservation delegates agreed last Thursday to penalize seven nations for lax wildlife measures, suspending the nations' ability to legally trade tens of thousands of species. The sanctions, which will go into effect October 1, will take place under the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and will prevent the trade of 35,000 species.