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Young Great White Sharks in So Cal Have High Contaminant Levels in Them

Young Great White Sharks in So Cal Have High Contaminant Levels in Them

The ocean off Southern California is a known birthing ground for great white sharks. It also holds toxic chemical concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the insecticide DDT that were dumped into coastal waters decades ago, especially off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

China ignores CITES Appendix III listing of two shark species

China ignores CITES Appendix III listing of two shark species

According to a CITES Notification to the Parties ( released on 09. April 2013 ), the CITES Secretariat has been informed that, on 26 February 2013, China entered reservations concerning the listing of the porbeagle shark Lamna nasus and the scalloped hammerhead shark Sphyrna lewini in Appendix III of the Convention.

New York Senate Passes Bill Banning Shark Fin Sales

New York Senate Passes Bill Banning Shark Fin Sales

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, applauded the New York State Senate yesterday for passing a bill that will ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins throughout the state.

New eco study looks at Great white shark behavior

New eco study looks at Great white shark behavior

In a new study published in PLOS ONE titled, "White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) scavenging on whales and its potential role in further shaping the ecology of an apex predator," Captain Chris Fallows from Apex Expeditions collaborated with University of Miami (UM) scientists Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and Austin Gallagher, to explore the behaviors of Great white sharks scavenging on dead...

NOAA seeks comments on proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

NOAA seeks comments on proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

NOAA’s Fisheries Service, in response to a petition submitted by the WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals is proposing to list four populations of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Endangered Species Act, two as threatened and two as endangered.

Noteworthy Recent Shark Records From Mediterranean And Adjacent Waters

Noteworthy Recent Shark Records From Mediterranean And Adjacent Waters

The following list provides a supplement and continuation of our previous posts from 06. January 2013 Notes on Sharks recently recorded from the Mediterranean and European Region. Twenty-nine notable recent shark records from Mediterranean and adjacent waters ( reported from 06. January 2013 to 25. March 2013 ).

Cape Town begins exclusion net trial at Fish Hoek beach

Cape Town begins exclusion net trial at Fish Hoek beach

The City of Cape Town commenced its exclusion net trial at Fish Hoek beach today, 22 March 2013, in accordance with the permit conditions set out by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Department of Environmental Affairs. The decision was made to commence the trial today as weather conditions proved to be ideal for the...

New research shows white sharks have a larger appetite than originally thought

New research shows white sharks have a larger appetite than originally thought

A ground-breaking new study challenges popular assumptions about the feeding behaviour of the world's largest predatory fish, the white shark. The research, which has been published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports, suggests that white sharks may have much higher energy needs than previously thought.

Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Shark populations in the Mediterranean and Black Sea have dropped dramatically over the last two centuries and now risk extinction, with serious implications for the region's entire marine ecosystem and food chains, according to a new FAO study.

Shark kills Fisherman off southern Jamaica

Shark kills Fisherman off southern Jamaica

A huge Tiger Shark today attacked and killed a 68 year old Westmoreland fisherman in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. It’s reported that George Facey was fishing in an area called Red Light Pillikin, some 18 miles from the Old Harbour Bay coastline when the incident happened.

California: Fishing Industry Joins Legal Battle Against Shark Fin Ban

California: Fishing Industry Joins Legal Battle Against Shark Fin Ban

On March 4, 2013 the Sustainable Fisheries Association (SFA), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization representing New England Atlantic spiny dogfish shark processors, joined a California legal battle arguing that a state law banning the sale and transport of shark fins is both wasteful and unconstitutional.

UPDATED – CITES Accepts Proposals to Regulate Trade of Seven Shark and Manta Species

UPDATED – CITES Accepts Proposals to Regulate Trade of Seven Shark and Manta Species

Today, CITES members have voted on four proposals to list five species of sharks ( Oceanic whitetip shark, three hammerhead species, and porbeagle shark ) and two species of Manta rays under Appendix II of the Convention. All proposals have been accepted by meeting the required two-third majority of the votes cast.

2.7 Million Sharks Caught By U.S. Recreational Fishermen in 2011

2.7 Million Sharks Caught By U.S. Recreational Fishermen in 2011

U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in the nation’s economy in 2011, according to a new economic report released by NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

CITES Members Decide Against Transparency of Voting

CITES Members Decide Against Transparency of Voting

CITES 'Committee I' has begun its discussion on Shark- / Ray- Proposals.The first important decision has been made : Due to opposition mainly by China, the proposals to improve transparency of voting and the use of secret ballots were REJECTED.

CITES CoP Host Country Disagrees with Shark Proposals

CITES CoP Host Country Disagrees with Shark Proposals

Govt draws the line on shark, manta ray listing Published by the Bangkok Post, 06. March 2013 Wimol says protection will hurt Thai fishing The Department of Fisheries is unhappy with a proposal by the United States and South American nations to put sharks and manta rays on Cites’s protection list to control international trade