By Aaron Langmaid, Herald Sun, 28. April 2012 A MONSTER mako shark dragged on to a boat by five stunned Victorian fishermen could be the biggest caught in Australia. But the amateur anglers cannot claim the record because they didn’t lure the big fish according to guidelines. Instead, the quintet of friends have been branded
Scientists provide first large-scale estimate of reef shark losses in the Pacific Ocean Many shark populations have plummeted in the past three decades as a result of excessive harvesting – for their fins, as an incidental catch of fisheries targeting other species, and in recreational fisheries.
Published online on 26. April 2012 Re-Creating Missing Population Baselines for Pacific Reef Sharks Nadon, M. O., Baum, J. K., Williams, I. D., McPherson, J. M., Zgliczynski, B. J., Richards, B. L., Schroeder, R. E. and Brainard, R. E. ABSTRACT: Sharks and other large predators are scarce on most coral reefs, but studies of their
By Anne Eckstein, Europolitics, 26. April 2012 The EU regulation forbidding shark finning (the removal of fins from a shark on board a boat before throwing its body back into the sea) will be strengthened by the deletion of special dispensations. Political agreement was reached at the Fisheries Council, on 19 March (see Europolitics4389) and
Published online on 18. April 2012 Reproductive biology of the spotback skate Atlantoraja castelnaui in the south-west Atlantic Ocean J. C. Colonello, M. L. García, C. A. Lasta, R. C. Menni ABSTRACT: This study provides information on the reproduction of spotback skate Atlantoraja castelnaui. A total of 232 individuals (119 females and 113 males) were
Published online on 20. April 2012 Identification and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the blue shark Prionace glauca, and cross-amplification in other shark species F. F. Mendonça, L. H. F. Ussami, D. T. Hashimoto, L. H. G. Pereira, F. Porto-Foresti, C. Oliveira, O. B. F. Gadig, F. Foresti ABSTRACT: Two to 14 alleles were
By John Yeld, IOL.co.za 25. April 2012 AN ESTABLISHED Gordon’s Bay-based white shark cage diving operator has successfully challenged the government’s decision not to renew its permit to operate in False Bay in favour of a new entrant to the industry. Air Jaws Africa cc, trading as Shark Adventures, successfully applied in the Western Cape