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EDF Releases New Blog for All Our Expert Voices: Collecting stories, ideas and arguments from all of our experts in one place

EDFish is where EDF’s ocean experts share their thoughts on ocean conservation issues. We advocate and innovate for a healthier ocean and provide a unique perspective on how to restore and maintain sustainable fisheries. However, we know you may have a broad interest in environmental issues.

That’s why we wanted to share with you Environmental Defense Fund’s new flagship blog, EDF Voices. EDF Voices collects stories, ideas and arguments from all of our EDF expert voices in one place. Our thought leaders use this space to weigh in on all sorts of environmental issues, from stories about ocean conservation in Belize to reflections on a life impacted by a magnificent songbird, the Golden-Cheeked Warbler.

We hope you like what you read on our new EDF Voices blog and become a subscriber!

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EDF Wins Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for California Fisheries Fund

Environmental Defense Fund was awarded California’s highest environmental honor by Governor Jerry Brown at a ceremony last night for our creation of the California Fisheries Fund (CFF). The CFF, the first fisheries-specific loan fund in California and most comprehensive in the United States, provides capital to fishermen, fishing businesses and communities who are dedicated to safeguarding the environment, their fishery’s profitability and the greater oceans economy.

The award ceremony was hosted by California EPA in Sacramento, California. During his remarks, California EPA secretary Matthew Rodriguez said that the “entities that we’re recognizing tonight are really showing us the way forward. Their unique approach shows how, given a challenge, California businesses, nonprofit organizations and businesses can really rise to the occasion.”

There can be many business challenges for fishermen to transition to more environmentally-friendly fishing practices but with the California Fisheries Fund, we’re removing roadblocks and helping fishermen continue on the path to fishing sustainably and profitably.

So far, we have awarded fourteen loans totaling nearly $1.7 million to eleven borrowers including fishermen, fishing businesses and communities. Most recently, we closed a loan to Steve Fitz, a Half Moon Bay fisherman who attended the award ceremony with us.. Steve’s CFF loan allowed him to buy his boat from his uncle and carry on his family’s sustainable fishing legacy—operating the only commercial fishing operation in the nation that uses Scottish Seine gear. The most eco-friendly way to catch flatfish like Petrale sole and sand dabs, Scottish Seine gear consists of lines which gently guide fish into the path of light-weight nets. Unlike some other types of fishing techniques, Scottish Seine doesn’t use heavy gear that drags along the ocean floor. Read More »

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EDF and Howard University Announce Partnership for Environmental Leadership

Howard UniversityLast week, EDF announced a new alliance with one of the nation’s premier historically black institutions, Howard University of Washington, DC. The “Partnership for Environmental Leadership” is an initiative that aims to provide an innovative introduction and unprecedented access to environmental careers for Howard students while providing diverse and premiere academic candidates to EDF and the greater environmental community.

The “Partnership for Environmental Leadership” is comprised of a recurring internship and graduate level fellowship for Howard students at EDF in addition to the collaborative development of sustainable curricula at the university and ongoing participation in EDF’s climate corps program. EDF’s Oceans program will be the first in the organization to offer a fellowship as a part of the collaboration. Read More »

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