Conservation & Fishery

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

12 Month Finding on Petitions to List the NE Pacific Ocean Distinct Population Segment of White Shark under ESA

12 Month Finding on Petitions to List the NE Pacific Ocean Distinct Population Segment of White Shark under ESA

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 12-Month Finding on Petitions To List the Northeastern Pacific Ocean Distinct Population Segment of White Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on 03. July 2013 ———————– ACTION : Notice Of 12 Month Finding And Availability Of Status

Federal Protection of NE Pacific Ocean White Shark not warranted

Federal Protection of NE Pacific Ocean White Shark not warranted

NOAA Fisheries today issued a final determination that the northeastern Pacific Ocean white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) population is not in danger of extinction and does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Queensland Fisherman Fined For Shark Finning

Queensland Fisherman Fined For Shark Finning

Press Release The State of Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 26. June 2013 ——————— Wide-Bay Burnett fishers net big fine Two men have been convicted and fined for separate fisheries offences in Bundaberg Magistrates Court. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) District Manager Greg Bowness said collectively the men were fined $20,500. “A

Korean Air strives to protect endangered species

Korean Air strives to protect endangered species

Press Release Korean Air Cargo 20. June 2013 ——————— The airline suspends the carriage of shark fins on its cargo flights Korean Air has announced its recent policy to suspend the carriage of shark fins on its cargo flights in a bid to protect sharks, one of the globally endangered marine species. Recently there has