Conservation & Fishery

New Conservation Boost for Sharks in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean

New Conservation Boost for Sharks in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean

Press Release Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals ( CMS ) 17. February 2014 ———————– Dubai, 17 February 2014 – Efforts to conserve migratory sharks have been strengthened at an international workshop on shark conservation supported by the UN. Government representatives from nine countries have gathered in Dubai to lend more

Wildlife Officers Cite San Francisco Man for Shark Fin Possession

Wildlife Officers Cite San Francisco Man for Shark Fin Possession

News Release California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 14. February 2014 ———————- Media Contacts: Lt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095 Wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently cited a San Francisco man for possession of shark fins for sale. On Jan. 29, wildlife officers conducted a fish

Hefty fine for killing juvenile Great White Shark in New South Wales, Australia

Hefty fine for killing juvenile Great White Shark in New South Wales, Australia

A man who killed a juvenile Great White Shark by deliberately striking it with his boat at Sussex Inlet has been fined more than $18,000 including court costs. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton, said the 40-year-old man from Glenbrook was found guilty of harming a threatened species when the matter was heard in...

Hawaii considers penalties for ‘harming’ sharks and rays

Hawaii considers penalties for ‘harming’ sharks and rays

Hawaii : Penalties Considered for Killing, Harming Sharks and Rays. House Bill 2380, from Rep. Nicole Lowen, would create penalties as high as $10,000 for any person who knowingly captures, harms or kills sharks and rays within state waters.

NOAA Fisheries and states of California, Maryland and Washington determine that their shark finning laws are consistent

NOAA Fisheries and states of California, Maryland and Washington determine that their shark finning laws are consistent

NOAA Fisheries and the states of California, Maryland and Washington have agreed through an exchange of letters that their individual state shark finning laws are consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Mexico bans fishing for Great white sharks

Mexico bans fishing for Great white sharks

On January 27th 2014, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) has established a permanent ban on fishing for great white sharks ( Carcharodon carcharias) in Mexican waters. The related text was published today in the Official Gazette (DOF : 27/01/2014). A full copy of the original text ( in Spanish language ) is provided...

A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG)

Better Shark Data ‘Welcome’

Better Shark Data ‘Welcome’

Press Release Seafood New Zealand 09. January 2014 ———————- The seafood industry has welcomed the plans for more detailed information on shark populations announced in the just released National Plan of Action – Sharks. Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst, says in particular he is pleased with the government intention to work with other

NZ Shark finning ban to be in force sooner

NZ Shark finning ban to be in force sooner

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today confirmed the Government’s decision to ban shark finning and have tightened the timetable in response to 45,300 submissions on the National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks.

Is shark conservation working in the USA?

Is shark conservation working in the USA?

In 1986 a shark survey began off the east coast of the USA. 1998 was a record high of  917 sharks and tagged 859. In 2009 another record high of  1,675 sharks from 19 different species and tagged 1,352. In 2012 another record high of 1,831 shark were caught with 1,654 tagged and released. http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/press_release/2009/SciSpot/SS0909/

Colombia Signs Sharks MOU

Colombia Signs Sharks MOU

Press Release Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) 06. December 2013 ————————– Bonn, 6 December 2013 – The CMS Secretariat welcomes Colombia as the 27th country signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU) with effect from 1 November 2013. The original signature block was received this week.

2014 Commercial Shark Fishing Season in Louisiana

2014 Commercial Shark Fishing Season in Louisiana

Press Release Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 12. December 2013 ———————- COMMERCIAL FISHING FOR NON-SANDBAR LARGE COASTAL SHARKS TO OPEN IN STATE WATERS JANUARY 1 December 12, 2013 – Commercial fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2014, federal waters will also open in

Solomon Islands Government takes a lead on shark conservation

Solomon Islands Government takes a lead on shark conservation

Press Release WWF, Australia 04. December 2013 ———————– SUVA, FIJI: The Government of the Solomon Islands has taken a significant step forward to address threats to shark populations within their waters. At an announcement made today at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation & Protected Areas in Suva, the Ministry of Environment, Climate

New Zealand proposes ban on shark finning

New Zealand proposes ban on shark finning

The Government is proposing to ban the removal of shark fins and the dumping of the shark carcass at sea, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

Fishing Industry Science Alliance – Spiny Dogfish Project Launched

Fishing Industry Science Alliance – Spiny Dogfish Project Launched

Published by ‘Hebrides News Today’, on 05. November 2013   This morning Barra and South Uist Councillor Donald Manford chaired a meeting of fishermen and fishing industry representatives in Stornoway to mark the launch of the Fishing Industry Science Alliance – Spurdog/Spiny Dogfish Project. Dr. Clive Fox from the Scottish Marine Institute in Oban explained