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Countries Agree New Plan for Global Shark Conservation

Countries Agree New Plan for Global Shark Conservation

Government representatives from 50 countries have gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the first meeting of signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks concluded under the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Participants adopted a new conservation plan, which aims to catalyze regional initiatives to reduce threats to migratory sharks. Signatory...

Measures to protect oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Measures to protect oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Oceanic whitetip sharks are to get the same status as the great white shark, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson announced today. International research show the species is facing high risk of extinction. From early 2013 they will become fully protected under the Wildlife Act 1953, giving them the same protected status as great white shark...

EU: Shark finning ban remains on agenda after EP vote today

EU: Shark finning ban remains on agenda after EP vote today

The European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries adopted the Patrão Neves Report today on the removal of shark fins onboard vessels by 11 votes in favour, 10 against, and no abstentions. Although contradictory amendments were adopted, two major amendments proposed by the Rapporteur were adopted (amendments concerning the special fishing permits and the possibility, in...

Great White Shark caught in Corsica and other Shark Records from France

Great White Shark caught in Corsica and other Shark Records from France

A great white shark from Corsica (Specimen No.1) and two noteworthy recent shark records (Specimen No. 2 and 3) from France. We have received the news from the Corsica – Mediterranean Shark Research Group that a juvenile great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ) was recently caught in a fishing net off the French...

Teenager dies in apparent shark attack off Brazil

Teenager dies in apparent shark attack off Brazil

Death certificate says teenager bled to death after being bitten by shark in Recife, Brazil. Tiago José de Oliveira da Silva might be the latest victim of a fatal shark attack off the coast of Pernambuco state in the Northeast region of Brazil. ...

Western Australia: Independent Report on Shark Netting

Western Australia: Independent Report on Shark Netting

Media Release Department of Fisheries, Western Australia Monday 3 September 2012 ——————————— Shark netting report open for public comment •Independent report recommends shark enclosures for WA beaches •Study recommends against shark nets and drum line use in WA •State Government looks to feasibility for beach enclosures A report into the effectiveness of shark netting...

First U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Obtains MSC Certification

First U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Obtains MSC Certification

The United States east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), assessed as six separate units of certification, has been awarded MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery following an independent, third-party assessment by the certification body, Intertek Moody Marine ...

The Latest Notable Shark Records from the Mediterranean and European Region

The Latest Notable Shark Records from the Mediterranean and European Region

The following provides a supplement and continuation of our previous post from 15. June 2012 Notable Recent Shark Records from the Mediterranean and European Region.Twenty-six Recent Shark Records from the Mediterranean and European Region. Details on each specimen in descending chronological order : ...

Shark and Ray Conservation Status Revealed in New Expert Report

Shark and Ray Conservation Status Revealed in New Expert Report

At the close of the annual meeting of leading American shark and ray scientists, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) is releasing the first compilation of conservation status assessments for nearly 300 sharks, rays, and chimaeras (collectively known as chondrichthyan fishes) found in North American, Central American, and Caribbean waters conducted using the IUCN...

New DNA Study Reveals Fins of Endangered Shark in U.S. Soups

New DNA Study Reveals Fins of Endangered Shark in U.S. Soups

Americans who eat shark fin soup—an Asian delicacy costing up to $100 per bowl in the United States—might be unknowingly consuming an endangered species. According to an unprecedented scientific analysis by Stony Brook University, the Field Museum in Chicago and with support from the Pew Environment Group, the shark fin soup served in 14...

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