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BAHAMAS Conch facing sharp declines development and poachers blamed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamian conch is in grave danger and while there is dispute on how much danger the mollusk is facing when it comes to its population; there is no doubt that something must be done to save the Bahamian conch and the conch fishing industry.    An InterAmerican Development Bank report says that declines are at 80% and that one way to stem the drastic drop in conchs is to cut back on exportation.The Bahamas Commercial Fisheries Alliance, BCFA said that suggestion was made before by their organization and he disputes that the decline in conchs is as high as 80%.   The IDB report supports a half a million dollar project, to be spearheaded by the Bahamas National Trust, which is to unravel in the Family Islands.   The report also said that significant number of families are impacted by the fall in conch numbers; this impacts food security and the economy – in fact the IDB says fishing for conch has now become unviable, ie, a waste of time for 9,000 fisherman.It is a staggering analysis which Adrian LaRoda, President of the BCFA explained is mainly caused by  foreign poachers and increased coastal development.   Tribune Business carries the story where the IDB report outlines that “Densities in the Bahamas have dropped since the 1980s from 50 per hectare to 10 per hectare, a density too low to sustain reproduction.   Low queen conch densities observed at several Family Islands such as Andros Island suggest that queen conch fishing is no longer viable in some locations.”#MagneticMediaNews#conchfacingsharpdecline Related Items:#conchfacingsharpdecline, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Olivia Wilde Alexandria OcasioCortez AAP Rocky Added to SXSW Conference

first_imgPreviously announced keynotes include Jessica Brillhart (film), Joseph Lubin (interactive), Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry (music), Marti Noxon (film), and Kevin Systrom with Josh Constine (interactive).SXSW Conference programming is organized into 25 tracks divided between interactive, film, music, and convergence. The conference will launch on March 8 in conjunction with the 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, which will open with Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us.” The fest will announce the rest of its film lineup on Wednesday.The conference will include sessions with Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, and journalist Soledad O’Brien; Pixar Animation executives Deanna Marsigliese, Josh Holtsclaw, and Paul Abadilla; and Neil Gaiman, author of “Neverwhere,” “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book,” and “American Gods.”Katzenberg and Whitman will appear with journalist Dylan Byers. Katzenberg is a co-founder and managing partner of holding company WndrCo. He’s also the founder/chairman of Quibi and Whitman is CEO. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Olivia Wilde, and Henry Winkler have been added as speakers at the South by Southwest Conference.Wilde, Endeavor exec Bozoma Saint John, and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger are part of the keynote lineup. Ocasio-Cortez and Winkler are featured speakers, along with A$AP Rocky, Pamela Adlon, Neil Gaiman, Sen. Mazie Hirono, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman, David Crosby, and Cameron Crowe.“We’ve been fortunate to have Olivia Wilde at SXSW numerous times as an actress and producer, and we’re always impressed by her talent and her intelligence,” said Janet Pierson, the festival’s director of film. “We could not be more excited to have her here as a Film Keynote on the eve of her outstanding directorial debut, ‘Booksmart.’”Ocasio-Cortez, who won a Congressional seat in New York last year, will be seen in a discussion with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor at the Intercept. Winkler, who recently earned an Emmy for his role as an acting teacher on the HBO series “Barry,” will appear in an acting workshop session. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more