Conservation & Fishery

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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

Costa Rica uses INTERPOL Purple Notice to warn about illegal shark finning

Costa Rica uses INTERPOL Purple Notice to warn about illegal shark finning

Media Release INTERPOL 06. November 2013 ———————– LYON, France – An alert for a method of shark finning aimed at avoiding detection of illegal practices has been circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries after a case was identified by Costa Rican authorities. An INTERPOL Purple Notice has been circulated for a modus operandi of

ASMFC increases dogfish quota for 2014/15 and 2015/16 fishing seasons

ASMFC increases dogfish quota for 2014/15 and 2015/16 fishing seasons

Press Release Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) 01. November 2013 ————————- ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Revises Quotas for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 Fishing Seasons St. Simons Island, Georgia – The Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board increased its spiny dogfish quotas for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fishing seasons (May 1 – April 30)

EU: MP calls for action on spurdog discards

EU: MP calls for action on spurdog discards

Published by ‘Hebrides News Today’, on 17. October 2013 Western Isles  MP Angus MacNeil has today written to the Governments in Edinburgh and London regarding the amount of boxes of spur dog that are continuing to be dumped at sea because of quota restrictions. Mr MacNeil has urged that both the UK Government and Scottish

MMO issues advice on thresher sharks

MMO issues advice on thresher sharks

News Release Marine Management Organisation (MMO) 16. October 2013 ——————— Advice on thresher sharks The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued guidance following the recent landing and sale of a common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus), a species which is found in cold temperate waters including around the UK. There are certain restrictions for commercial fishing

BC Dogfish Fishery Announces MSC Self-Suspension

BC Dogfish Fishery Announces MSC Self-Suspension

The B.C. Dogfish Hook and Line lndustry Association announces a 'self-suspension' of MSC fishery certificates (2) for the B. C. Hook and Line Spiny Dogfish (Squalus suckleyi) (also known as Squalus acanthias) fishery, effective from September 14, 2013, until further notice.

EU Council: Netherlands expresses concern about shark fishing in Cape Verde

EU Council: Netherlands expresses concern about shark fishing in Cape Verde

Following the ex post evaluation of the current protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cape Verde, the Netherlands wishes to express its concern about the level of shark fishing in the waters of the Republic of Cape Verde.

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