Conservation & Fishery

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

Five Countries to reject new international regulation on shark trade

Five Countries to reject new international regulation on shark trade

Five Countries to reject new international regulation on shark trade. Several CITES members will ignore new trade restrictions for sharks and manta rays.

EU agrees to tighten its ban on shark finning

EU agrees to tighten its ban on shark finning

Today, the Council adopted an amending regulation on the removal of fins of sharks on board vessels following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament (76/12). The Portuguese delegation voted against. This text aims to eliminate existing derogations to the ban on "shark finning".

European Parliament secures sustainable fisheries policy

European Parliament secures sustainable fisheries policy

Press Release European Parliament 30. May 2013 ——————– Measures to stop overfishing and ban discards, Parliament’s key common fisheries policy (CFP) reform aims, have been safeguarded in a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday. The deal should allow a more sustainable common fisheries policy to take effect on time, at the start

Calgary Shark fin ban tossed back in the tank

Calgary Shark fin ban tossed back in the tank

By Canadian Press | May 28, 2013   CALGARY – Calgary city council has decided to swim against the current and not push through a bylaw that would have banned the sale and consumption of shark fin in the city. Aldermen have voted to indefinitely table a decision on the ban, opting instead to let

Forest & Bird praises Air NZ shark fin suspension

Forest & Bird praises Air NZ shark fin suspension

Forest & Bird has been talking with Air New Zealand since early May about banning transportation of shark fins. This announcement follows a news item last Sunday (May 19), in which the airline was criticised for having flown shark fins. Shark fins are commonly used to make soup in Asia.

ASMFC Approves Smoothhound Shark Addendum II

ASMFC Approves Smoothhound Shark Addendum II

NEWS RELEASE Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013 —————— ASMFC Spiny Dogfish & Coastal Sharks Board Approves Smoothhound Shark Addendum II & Initiates Draft Addendum III Alexandria, VA – The Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board has approved Addendum II to the Atlantic Coastal Sharks Fishery Management Plan.

Texas Shark fin ban stalls in Senate

Texas Shark fin ban stalls in Senate

The Houston Chronicle, Monday, May 20, 2013 A bill to criminalize Texan fishers who possess or sell a shark fin appears to be dead in Senate waters. Sponsored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, House Bill 852 was approved by the Texas House but was taken down after being introduced Monday morning. As the main

Dusky Sharks Will Be Considered for Endangered Species Act Protection

Dusky Sharks Will Be Considered for Endangered Species Act Protection

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Dusky Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Good news for sharks at Indian Ocean Tuna Commission meeting

Good news for sharks at Indian Ocean Tuna Commission meeting

News Release World Wide Fund for Nature ( WWF ) 13. May 2013 —————— Gland, Switzerland: WWF welcomes the adoption of key conservation measures for oceanic white-tip sharks, whale sharks and cetaceans following the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) annual meeting last week in Mauritius. IOTC member states agreed on important measures for the management

Coast Guard stops illegal shark fishing near Mexico border

Coast Guard stops illegal shark fishing near Mexico border

News Release Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi 13. May 2013 —————— Coast Guard stops illegal fishing; releases endangered sea turtle and 5 sharks BROWNSVILLE, Texas — An endangered sea turtle and five sharks were released back to the ocean late Sunday night after the Coast Guard spotted Mexicans fishing illegally in U.S. waters, approximately 1

Mississauga Shark Fin By-law Repealed

Mississauga Shark Fin By-law Repealed

Press Release Mississauga City Hall 10. May 2013 —————— At this week’s City Council meeting, the City of Mississauga’s Shark Fin By-law 0268-2011 was repealed and is no longer in effect. The repeal of the by-law follows a staff and Council review of an Ontario Superior Court decision involving a similar by-law enacted in the

Final US Catch Limits for Spiny Dogfish for 2013-2015

Final US Catch Limits for Spiny Dogfish for 2013-2015

Northeast Region Bulletin National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 —————— For information contact: Sustainable Fisheries Division 978-281-9315 Date issued: 04 /30/2013 Spiny Dogfish Fishery SMALL ENTITY COMPLIANCE GUIDE Final 2013 – 2015 Fishery Specifications Effective date: May 1, 2013 NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has approved final

Maryland shark fin law exempts Spiny Dogfish and Smooth-hound Sharks

Maryland shark fin law exempts Spiny Dogfish and Smooth-hound Sharks

Md. Shark Fin Bill Supported by Fishing Interests By WBOC16, 02. May 2013 A shark fin bill passed by Maryland lawmakers is drawing support from fishing and conservation interests. Environmental groups have long pushed for shark fin bans, noting shark populations are being decimated by the practice of finning in which live sharks are left