Conservation & Fishery

Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update January 1 – August 14, 2013

Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update January 1 – August 14, 2013

Below are the preliminary landings estimates in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries. These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through August 14, 2013. The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2013

Chinese-Americans Can’t Block CA Shark Fin Ban

Chinese-Americans Can’t Block CA Shark Fin Ban

California can continue its ban on shark fins, despite claims from Chinese-Americans that the law is racist, the 9th Circuit ruled.

India bans removal of shark fins on seas

India bans removal of shark fins on seas

Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Environment and Forests 23. August 2013 ———————– Prohibition of Removal of Shark Fins in the Sea With a view to stop the inhuman hunting of sharks and to enable the enforcement agencies to monitor the illegal hunting/poaching of the species of Elasmobranchs listed in Schedule I of

9th Circuit Looks for Bias in Calif. Shark Fin Ban

9th Circuit Looks for Bias in Calif. Shark Fin Ban

By DAVE TARTRE, Courthouse News Service, Thursday, August 15, 2013 (CN) – California’s ban on shark fins stems from racism against Chinese-Americans by lawmakers, one of whom is also Chinese-American, a lawyer told the 9th Circuit. The Shark Fin Law, codified as Sections 2021 and 2021.5 of California Fish and Game Code, became effective in

U.S. Department of Justice Says California Shark Fin Ban is Unconstitutional

U.S. Department of Justice Says California Shark Fin Ban is Unconstitutional

San Francisco– Representatives and advocates for the Chinese community today announced some optimism that a new California law which bans the possession and sale of shark fins will be struck down as unconstitutional after the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in support of their position.

American Samoa rejects proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

American Samoa rejects proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

American Samoa rejects threat to shark species   Published by Radio New Zealand International on 09. August 2013 American Samoa has rejected a United States proposal to list the scallop hammerhead shark as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Following petitions by environment groups WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals, the US National Marine Fisheries

ASMFC Approves Coastal Sharks Draft Addendum III for Public Comment

ASMFC Approves Coastal Sharks Draft Addendum III for Public Comment

News Release Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) 09. August 2013 ——————— ASMFC Spiny Dogfish & Coastal Sharks Board Approves Coastal Sharks Draft Addendum III for Public Comment ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board approved Draft Addendum III to the Atlantic Coastal Sharks Fishery Management

New study gets its teeth into shark trade regulations

New study gets its teeth into shark trade regulations

Media Release TRAFFIC 30. July 2013 —————– Brussels, Belgium, 30th July 2013—A new TRAFFIC study examines how implementation of trade controls through CITES regulations can ensure that seven species of sharks and manta rays are only sourced sustainably and legally before entering international trade. The study, Into the deep: Implementing CITES measures for commercially-valuable sharks

SHARK FINNING MYTH

SHARK FINNING MYTH

SHARK FINNING MYTH Viking Village presents this brief video showing the removal of the shark’s fin at dockside. The sale of sharks is legal with the fins attached to the carcass. The myth of our U.S. fishermen going out to sea, removing the fins of sharks is NOT true! See for yourself.

California Shark Fin Ban: United States files amicus curiae brief in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants

California Shark Fin Ban: United States files amicus curiae brief in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants

The United States respectfully submits this brief as amicus curiae pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 29. STATEMENT OF INTEREST This case concerns whether a California statute violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution by prohibiting the possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins, including fins from sharks harvested in federal waters and landed in compliance...

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Develops Plan to Conserve Stingrays

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Develops Plan to Conserve Stingrays

News Release Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 22nd July 2013 ———————- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Develops Plan to Conserve Stingrays, Prevent Growing Threats Worldwide CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Some species of stingrays, whose diets occasionally include economically-valuable shellfish, are being considered “pests” to fishermen. One Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scientist says this could lead to a decline in

European Parliament: Question Regarding Shark Fishing in Cape Verde

European Parliament: Question Regarding Shark Fishing in Cape Verde

Parliamentary question  7 May 2013 E-005080-13 Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117 Diogo Feio (PPE) Subject:  Cape Verde: illegal shark fishing by European vessels According to media reports, the Cape Verdean environmental organisation Biosfera I has denounced ‘rampant’ shark fishing by European vessels, in particular by Spanish vessels, in Cape Verde’s Exclusive

NMFS Closes the Gulf of Mexico Aggregated LCS and Hammerhead Shark Fisheries

NMFS Closes the Gulf of Mexico Aggregated LCS and Hammerhead Shark Fisheries

Press Release NOAA Fisheries 12. July 2013 —————— NMFS Announces Closure of the Commercial Gulf of Mexico Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Gulf of Mexico Hammerhead Shark Management Groups Commercial shark dealer reports indicate that the landings for the commercial Gulf of Mexico aggregated large coastal shark (LCS) management group have exceeded 80 percent of

Irish fisherman ordered to pay donation for illegal skate landing

Irish fisherman ordered to pay donation for illegal skate landing

A Judge ruled that the State’s case was proven at a recent case brought before Donegal Town District Court - Mr Shane Curran, the Master of the fishing vessel the Velvet Chord II, was ordered to pay €500 to a conservation group. The case was in relation to a suspected landing of common skate, an endangered species under EU...

Petition to list over 30 Elasmobranch species under the Endangered Species Act

Petition to list over 30 Elasmobranch species under the Endangered Species Act

Press Release WildEarth Guardians 08. July 2013 ——————– WildEarth Guardians Launches Major Campaign to Protect Marine Biodiversity Campaign aims to stem extinction crisis in the world’s oceans. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today WildEarth Guardians submitted a formal petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) seeking protection for 81 imperiled marine species under the Endangered Species