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Cruise industry blocks updates to Puget Sound dumping agreement

The Washington State Department of Ecology, Port of Seattle, and CLIA-NWC are still allowing scrubber wastewater dumping in Puget Sound. Read More

Cooke Aquaculture Secures Permit to Stock Risky Washington Fish Farm

Despite ongoing litigation and timing questions regarding the lease for the facility, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has granted fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture a permit to stock its Hope Island facility in-water net pens with steelhead. Read More

Major Cruise Lines Again Receive Fs On Human, Environmental Health

Friends of the Earth released its 2021 Cruise Ship Report Card today, an annual assessment ranking the environmental & human health impacts of cruise lines. Read More

Plugging in container ships at the Port of Charleston could reduce air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tons each year

Switching off vessel auxiliary engines at port and connecting to shoreside electrical power would eliminate toxic air emissions. Read More

Lawsuit Launched Over Army Corps’ Failure to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Nationwide Permit Program

These Nationwide Permits allow streamlined permitting for a range of dirty industries, from oil and gas pipelines to offshore aquaculture, all without fulfilling mandated environmental reviews and consultations. Read More

Work on ConocoPhillips Oil Project in Western Arctic Challenged in Court

The Willow project would have a disastrous impact on the pristine and culturally important landscape of the Western Arctic region and would escalate the global climate crisis. Read More

Lawsuit Aims to Protect Endangered Whales in California Shipping Lanes

The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect endangered whales from being struck by ships using ports in California. Ship strikes are a leading cause of death for blue, fin and humpback whales off California’s coast. Read More

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Nationwide Permit for Industrial Finfish Facilities in Federal Waters, Risking Ecosystems and Livelihoods

Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a nationwide permit facilitating the rapid development and construction of large-scale commercial finfish aquaculture facilities in federal waters, among other major industries. Read More

Congressman Don Young reintroduces the “Keep Fin Fish Free Act” to protect oceans from floating factory farms

U.S. Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) reintroduced the Keep Fin Fish Free Act (H.R. 274), which places a moratorium on commercial permitting of marine finfish aquaculture facilities in federally controlled areas of the ocean. Read More

Coalition Appeals EPA Permit Allowing Industrial Wastewater from Fish Farm in Gulf of Mexico

The Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition joined together today with local and regional partners to file an appeal against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution discharge permit for Velella Epsilon Read More