Conservation & Fishery

Small Island of Kosrae Joins Effort to Create Massive Shark Sanctuary

Small Island of Kosrae Joins Effort to Create Massive Shark Sanctuary

Press Release The Pew Charitable Trusts 21. September 2012 Two million-square-mile regional protected area now within reach Kosrae has become the first member of the Federated States of Micronesia to establish shark protections in its waters. The unanimous vote by the legislature in Kosrae, a small island of 7,700 people in the Pacific, is an

Australia: NSW announces sandtiger shark protection moves

Australia: NSW announces sandtiger shark protection moves

Media Release Katrina Hodgkinson MP Minister for Primary Industries Minister for Small Business Thursday 20 September 2012 ———————————– New Rules Protect Grey Nurse Sharks Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today announced new management arrangements to protect the critically endangered grey nurse shark. Ms Hodgkinson said the new rules are simple for recreational fishers and

EU: Shark finning ban remains on agenda after EP vote today

EU: Shark finning ban remains on agenda after EP vote today

The European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries adopted the Patrão Neves Report today on the removal of shark fins onboard vessels by 11 votes in favour, 10 against, and no abstentions. Although contradictory amendments were adopted, two major amendments proposed by the Rapporteur were adopted (amendments concerning the special fishing permits and the possibility, in some cases, to separate fins...

Porbeagle shark protection reminder issued by MMO

Porbeagle shark protection reminder issued by MMO

Press Release The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) 14. September 2012 Advice on porbeagle sharks The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued guidance following the recent landings of porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus), a species considered critically endangered in the North East Atlantic. This comes after two reports of porbeagle sharks being caught off the North East

Oceana reveals economic costs of shark finning ban negligible when compared to public investments

Oceana reveals economic costs of shark finning ban negligible when compared to public investments

Press Release Oceana European shark fishing fleet has received at least € 117 000 000 in EU subsidies. 12. September 2012 Next week, the Fisheries Committee of European Parliament will vote to put in place a complete shark finning ban – a measure that the industry claims will cost them € 9.4 million. According to

Poor fisheries management endangers sharks in the Coral Triangle

Poor fisheries management endangers sharks in the Coral Triangle

Media Release World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) 08. September 2012 Hong Kong, China – WWF and TRAFFIC today released a new report that shows the need for a more concerted effort in managing shark fisheries in the Coral Triangle, to help conserve dwindling populations of these threatened species. The report, An Overview of Shark

Shark Advocates International: Concern Over Certification of Dogfish Fishery as Sustainable

Shark Advocates International: Concern Over Certification of Dogfish Fishery as Sustainable

Shark Advocates International ( SAI ) Statement of Concern Re: Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Northeast U.S. fisheries for spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) Background In August 2012, the MSC certified as “sustainable” U.S. federal and state (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina) longline, gillnet, and trawl fisheries taking

First U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Obtains MSC Certification

First U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Obtains MSC Certification

The United States east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), assessed as six separate units of certification, has been awarded MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery following an independent, third-party assessment by the certification body, Intertek Moody Marine

Shark Catching Ban in American Samoa

Shark Catching Ban in American Samoa

Order banning catching of rare marine species signed in American Samoa   Published by Radio New Zealand International, Posted at 18:36 on 26 August, 2012 UTC The American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono has signed an executive order banning the catching of rare marine species including sharks from the territory’s waters. The executive order was announced

ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Approves Addendum IV

ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Approves Addendum IV

Alexandria, VA. — AUGUST 16, 2012 The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board has approved Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish.  The Addendum updates the definition of overfishing consistent with that of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and provides the Board the flexibility to

Shark and Ray Conservation Status Revealed in New Expert Report

Shark and Ray Conservation Status Revealed in New Expert Report

At the close of the annual meeting of leading American shark and ray scientists, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) is releasing the first compilation of conservation status assessments for nearly 300 sharks, rays, and chimaeras (collectively known as chondrichthyan fishes) found in North American, Central American, and Caribbean waters conducted using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...

New DNA Study Reveals Fins of Endangered Shark in U.S. Soups

New DNA Study Reveals Fins of Endangered Shark in U.S. Soups

Americans who eat shark fin soup—an Asian delicacy costing up to $100 per bowl in the United States—might be unknowingly consuming an endangered species. According to an unprecedented scientific analysis by Stony Brook University, the Field Museum in Chicago and with support from the Pew Environment Group, the shark fin soup served in 14 U.S. cities contains at-risk species,...

Sri Lanka Protects Thresher Sharks

Sri Lanka Protects Thresher Sharks

Major fishing nation bans thresher landing and sale based on Indian Ocean Tuna agreement 03. August 2012 Shark Advocates International is congratulating the government of Sri Lanka for adopting rules to protect three species of thresher sharks — wide ranging species characterized by their exceptionally long tails – in line with a 2010 agreement by

No shark sanctuary in Fiji

No shark sanctuary in Fiji

THERE will be no shark sanctuary in Fiji, deputy director of Fisheries Suresh Chand says. The decision was made by the ministry following a finding in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's (WCPFC) Conservation and Management Measures.

New petition against shark fin imports in Costa Rica

New petition against shark fin imports in Costa Rica

Press Release PRETOMA New petition delivered to President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica against shark fin imports 27. July 2012 A petition signed by 1937 citizens was delivered today to President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, calling for her to take measures and immediately ban the importation of shark fins.  This new petition adds up