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Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems

Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems

News Release by Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego. Thursday, July 14, 2011. Scripps scientists part of research team studying cascading effects on ecosystems The decline of large predators and other “apex consumers” at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of

Shark bites Boy in Texas Shawn Hamilton

Shark bites Boy in Texas  Shawn Hamilton

19 July 2011, Shark Year Magazine. On 07 July 2011, 14-year-old Shawn Hamilton was bitten by a shark during a family fishing trip at Mustang Island.     It’s a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Nueces County, Texas. The teenager was standing in waist-deep water and fishing with a live croaker for bait when the

CITES Sharks on the Agenda of the 25th Meeting of the Animals Committee

CITES Sharks on the Agenda of the 25th Meeting of the Animals Committee

19 July 2011 Twenty-fifth meeting of the Animals Committee Geneva (Switzerland), 18-22 July 2011   Links to PDF-Downloads : Conservation and management of sharks Report on the implementation of NPOA-Sharks and regional plans, and on relevant information from the range States. Annex 2 (in the language in which the documents were submitted): Annex 2 –

Great White Shark breaches into Research Boat in South Africa

Great White Shark breaches into Research Boat in South Africa

18 July 2011. Press Release published by ‘ Nosy Basset – Sunshine Coast Online ‘ Oceans Research Team gets a little too close for comfort Mossel Bay, 18 July, 2011: The Oceans Research team, a marine research organisation working in Mossel Bay, got the surprise of a lifetime today when a 3 meter great white

California Anglers catch 11 foot shortfin mako shark

California Anglers catch 11 foot shortfin mako shark

18 July 2011. On 17 July 2011, four fishermen from Orange County took the lead in this year’s Channel Islands Mako Shark Tournament by catching a huge shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) near Oxnard. The specimen measured 11 feet long and weighed in at 860 pounds. The team, captained by Chad Compton of La Mirada, reeled

18-foot shark sighting in Massachusetts

18-foot shark sighting in Massachusetts

July 15, 2011. Beachgoers urged to avoid areas with seals, which are a favorite meal of sharks. WCVB reports.    

Shark Species Gains First Regional Protection in Eastern Pacific Ocean

Shark Species Gains First Regional Protection in Eastern Pacific Ocean

This is an update on the previous (30 June) article : ‘Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries’ 11 July 2011 Joanna Benn, PEW Environment Group. The Pew Environment Group applauds a decision reached on the final day of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting to protect oceanic whitetips, the first shark species accorded

CMS: Proposal for Inclusion of Giant Manta Ray in Appendix I and II

CMS: Proposal for Inclusion of Giant Manta Ray in Appendix I and II

Conference of the Parties to CMS November 2011, Bergen, Norway. the Government of Ecuador has submitted the following proposal for amendment

Protected Sharks disallowed in Alabama Tournament – Sandbar sharks

Protected Sharks disallowed in Alabama Tournament – Sandbar sharks

16 July 2011 The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is currently taking place on Dauphin Island. This event is considered as one of the oldest and largest multi-species saltwater tournament in the country. According to al.com, three of the seven sharks brought to scales on Friday ( 15 July ) were disallowed because they were

Basking Shark caught in Norway

Basking Shark caught in Norway

Date: 09 July 2011. Location: Brenngam, Finnmark, Norway. Species: Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus). Size: reported to be 10 metres in length. The shark was accidentally caught in a salmon net. Source: finnmarken.no Photo Credit: Arild Olsen.    

Louisiana: Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks Closed

Louisiana: Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks Closed

State of Louisiana, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Press Release 14 July 2011. Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by

Japan: Shark Cull in Okinawa

Japan: Shark Cull in Okinawa

In early July, a shark cull took place in the waters of the Yaeyama Islands. Yaeyama Fishery Cooperative caught 87 sharks with a total weight of approximately 11 tons

Florida Visitor attacked by a shark off Grand Bahama

Florida Visitor attacked by a shark off Grand Bahama

Submitted by Royal Bahamas Police Force Wednesday, 13 July 2011 This afternoon, Wednesday 13th July, 2011, a 54 year old resident of Florida, a visitor to the island is hospitalised after being attacked by a shark shortly before 1:00pm today in waters off Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama. Initial reports are that the American was diving

Shark Video Caught on Tape: Kayak Fishermen Battle Thresher Shark off California

Shark Video Caught on Tape: Kayak Fishermen Battle Thresher Shark off California

ABC News 13 July 2011. Two California fisherman video tape their struggle to reel in a prize catch.  

Largetooth Sawfish Declared an Endangered Species

Largetooth Sawfish Declared an Endangered Species

Press Release by Shark Advocates International. WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 U.S. government will grant strong protection for rare shark-like ray. Shark Advocates International is applauding the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) decision to list largetooth sawfish (Pristisperotteti) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Largetooth sawfish occur in coastal waters and rivers in Mexico, Central

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