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World Wildlife Fund
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 13, 2005
9:57 AM
CONTACT: World Wildlife Fund 
Kathleen Sullivan, 202-778-9576 or kathleen.sullivan@wwfus.org
Sarah Janicke, 202-778-9685, sarah.janicke@wwfus.org
 
Press Conference: Announcement of New Fishing Gear that Reduce the Accidental Death of Marine Life; Winning Solutions Reeled in by International Smart Gear Competition
 

WASHINGTON -- April 13 -- News Advisory:

At a press conference on the eve of Earth Day, World Wildlife Fund and its partners in the International Smart Gear Competition will announce three new winning solutions to prevent the accidental maiming and killing of marine mammals, juvenile fish and sea turtles that become ensnared by fishing nets and longlines-a problem known as bycatch-while also improving the efficiency of commercial fishing.

Speakers:

  • Carter Roberts, president and CEO-elect, World Wildlife Fund
  • Steve Beverly, grand prize winner of the International Smart Gear Competition, fisheries development officer for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and former high school biology teacher, commercial fisherman, commercial diver and tugboat operator
  • Malcolm McNeill, judge for the International Smart Gear Competition, vessel manager of Sealord Group Ltd., and former skipper
  • Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (tentative)

The following winners will also be available at the press conference: Dr. Norm Holy (chemist), Atlantic Gillnet Supply, Inc. (PA), Dr. Ed Trippel (biologist), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Don King (fisherman), Homeward Bound, Inc. (MA), and Dr. M. R. Boopendranath, principal scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (India).

When: Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. EDT

Where: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

B-Roll available: Bycatch, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, fishing boats

Photographs available: Winners in the field and head shots, bycatch, dolphins, whales, and sea turtles

Illustration of grand prize winning solution available for print, online and television

Known in the United States as World Wildlife Fund and recognized worldwide by its panda logo, WWF leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats and to conserve the diversity of life on Earth. Now in its fifth decade, WWF, the global conservation organization, works in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information on World Wildlife Fund, visit http://www.worldwildlife.org.

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