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Best available, economically achievable technology; best pollution control available.

The best technology for pollution control available at reasonable cost and operable under normal conditions.

A philosophy that emphasizes the fundamental right of living organisms to exist and to pursue their own goods.

The belief that all creatures have rights and values; being centered on nature rather than humans.

Waste material composed primarily of naturally-occurring constituent parts, able to
be broken down and absorbed into the ecosystem. Wood, for example, is biodegradable, for example, while plastics are not.

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Biodegration

Myths of Biodegration

 a large number and wide range of species of animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms.
Ecologically, wide biodiversity is conducive to the development of all species.

Movement of matter within or between ecosystems; caused by living organisms, geological forces, or chemical reactions. The cycling of nitrogen, carbon, sulfur, oxygen, phosphorus, and water are examples.

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Gas Cycles and Sedimentary Cycles

An entire self-contained natural ecosystem and its associated land, water, air, and wildlife resources.

The populations of plants, animals, and microorganisms living and interacting in a certain area at a given time.

Use of natural predators, pathogens, or competitors to regulate pest populations.

Organisms and products of organisms that are part of the environment and potentially affect the life of other organisms.

(1) the amount of living matter in an area, including plants, large
animals and insects; (2) plant materials and animal waste used as fuel.

Use of biological organisms to remove or detoxify pollutants from a contaminated area.

(1) the part of the earth and its atmosphere in which living organisms
exist or that is capable of supporting life; (2) the living organisms and their
environment composing the biosphere.

The zone of air, land, and water at the surface of the earth that is occupied by organisms.

Part of an international network of preserved areas designated by the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Biosphere Reserves are vital centers of biodiversity where research and
monitoring activities are conducted, with the participation of local
communities, to protect and preserve healthy natural systems threatened by
development. The global system currently includes 324 reserves in 83 countries.

of or relating to life.

Abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities
where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived
environmental contamination.

fish and/or other marine life that are incidentally caught with the
targeted species. Most of the time bycatch is discarded at sea.

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Bycatch

Issues With Bycatch

Devise used to cut bycatchwhile fishing. These gear modifications are most commonly used with shrimp trawls.
They are also called “finfish excluder devices” (feds) or, when
specifically designed to exclude sea turtles, they are called “turtle
excluder devices” (teds).