Conservation & Fishery

Great Hammerhead Sharks Will Be Considered for Endangered Species Act Protection

Great Hammerhead Sharks Will Be Considered for Endangered Species Act Protection

Press Release WildEarth Guardians 25. April 2013 ———————————— Great Hammerheads Threatened by Commercial Exploitation, “Finning” Washington, DC –National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will consider listing the great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency has made a positive preliminary finding on a petition by WildEarth Guardians

New York Senate Passes Bill Banning Shark Fin Sales

New York Senate Passes Bill Banning Shark Fin Sales

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, applauded the New York State Senate yesterday for passing a bill that will ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins throughout the state.

NOAA seeks comments on proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

NOAA seeks comments on proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under ESA

NOAA’s Fisheries Service, in response to a petition submitted by the WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals is proposing to list four populations of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Endangered Species Act, two as threatened and two as endangered.

House narrowly kills bill to ban shark-fin imports to Canada

House narrowly kills bill to ban shark-fin imports to Canada

KRISTY KIRKUP / QMI AGENCY , March 27th, 2013 OTTAWA – NDP MP Fin Donnelly said he is disappointed his private member’s bill to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada was killed at second reading Wednesday. “I hope the government will take immediate action to restrict the importation of shark fins to Canada,”

Taiwan: Fisheries Agency’s new rule aims to help shark research

Taiwan: Fisheries Agency’s new rule aims to help shark research

By Lee I-chia  /  Taipei Times Staff reporter, 26. March 2013   FACT FISHING: A sudden rise in reports of catches of three shark species has prompted the agency to devise regulations aiming to aid scientific research A new regulation requiring fishing management departments and research laboratories to report the capture of great white sharks,

Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Shark populations in the Mediterranean and Black Sea have dropped dramatically over the last two centuries and now risk extinction, with serious implications for the region's entire marine ecosystem and food chains, according to a new FAO study.

California: Fishing Industry Joins Legal Battle Against Shark Fin Ban

California: Fishing Industry Joins Legal Battle Against Shark Fin Ban

On March 4, 2013 the Sustainable Fisheries Association (SFA), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization representing New England Atlantic spiny dogfish shark processors, joined a California legal battle arguing that a state law banning the sale and transport of shark fins is both wasteful and unconstitutional.

UPDATED – CITES Accepts Proposals to Regulate Trade of Seven Shark and Manta Species

UPDATED – CITES Accepts Proposals to Regulate Trade of Seven Shark and Manta Species

Today, CITES members have voted on four proposals to list five species of sharks ( Oceanic whitetip shark, three hammerhead species, and porbeagle shark ) and two species of Manta rays under Appendix II of the Convention. All proposals have been accepted by meeting the required two-third majority of the votes cast.

Voters on shark conservation facing ‘undue pressure’

Voters on shark conservation facing ‘undue pressure’

Delegates at a conservation meeting in Thailand are expected to vote on proposals to extend protection to three vulnerable species of sharks. But campaigners say undue “pressuring” of developing countries could swing Monday’s vote against the ban. China and Japan are said to be using their trade connections to unfairly influence the outcome. Japan denies

2.7 Million Sharks Caught By U.S. Recreational Fishermen in 2011

2.7 Million Sharks Caught By U.S. Recreational Fishermen in 2011

U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in the nation’s economy in 2011, according to a new economic report released by NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

Washington state Senate votes to close loophole on shark fins

Washington state Senate votes to close loophole on shark fins

By The Associated Press, March 05, 2013 Two years ago, Washington state lawmakers banned the sale of shark fins but grandfathered in fins bought before July 2011. The Washington state Senate voted to close that loophole with a 45-4 vote Tuesday. The measure now heads to the House. Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island

CITES Members Decide Against Transparency of Voting

CITES Members Decide Against Transparency of Voting

CITES 'Committee I' has begun its discussion on Shark- / Ray- Proposals.The first important decision has been made : Due to opposition mainly by China, the proposals to improve transparency of voting and the use of secret ballots were REJECTED.

CITES CoP Host Country Disagrees with Shark Proposals

CITES CoP Host Country Disagrees with Shark Proposals

Govt draws the line on shark, manta ray listing Published by the Bangkok Post, 06. March 2013 Wimol says protection will hurt Thai fishing The Department of Fisheries is unhappy with a proposal by the United States and South American nations to put sharks and manta rays on Cites’s protection list to control international trade

Fishing Leads to Significant Shark Population Declines

Fishing Leads to Significant Shark Population Declines

Press Release Florida International University 01. March 2013 ———————- The world’s shark population is experiencing significant decline with perhaps 100 million or more sharks being lost every year, according to a study published this week in Marine Policy. While sharks are one of the oldest vertebrate groups on the planet, the population decline is causing

U.S. Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery successfully expands scope of MSC certification

U.S. Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery successfully expands scope of MSC certification

News Release Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) 26. February 2013 ————————– Following the success of the certification of the United States east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish to the MSC standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in August, 2012, the fishery has expanded the scope of certification to cover the remaining offshore areas