Conservation & Fishery

Spanish fishermen receive biggest fines in British maritime history

Spanish fishermen receive biggest fines in British maritime history

Press Release Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Court orders £1.62 million payment for unlawful exploitation of fish stocks Date issued: 26 July 2012 Reference: 06/12 Truro Crown Court today (Thursday 26 July) ordered a Spanish fishing company, its UK subsidiary and their captains to pay a total of £1.62 million for serious fisheries offences. This is

Proposal to protect the oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Proposal to protect the oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Manatū Ahu Matua 18. July 2012 MPI Discussion Paper No: 2012/11   Purpose The Ministry for Primary Industries (the Ministry) seeks feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to prohibit the taking of oceanic whitetip sharks in New Zealand fisheries waters and by New Zealand flagged vessels operating on the

Chinese-Americans Challenge Shark Fin Ban in California

Chinese-Americans Challenge Shark Fin Ban in California

California's ban on possession and sale of shark fins is discriminatory and unconstitutional, the Chinatown Neighborhood Association claims in Federal Court. Joining the nonprofit Chinatown Neighborhood Association as plaintiff is Asian Americans for Political Advancement, a political action committee. They sued California's governor, attorney general and the director of the state Department of Fish and Game.

European Commission: New measures to regulate Deep-Sea Fisheries

European Commission: New measures to regulate Deep-Sea Fisheries

Press Release European Commission Brussels, 19 July 2012 Fisheries: the Commission tables new measures for better protection for deep-sea stocks and their habitats The European Commission has proposed new measures to regulate fishing for deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic. Deep sea ecosystems and the species that live in them are particularly vulnerable to human

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Removes Shark Fin from Menus

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Removes Shark Fin from Menus

Press Release Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Wed, Jul 18, 2012 Move supports the luxury hotel brand’s Sustainable Seafood policy TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire -07/18/12)- Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today announced that it has formally removed shark fin from all of its hotel menus in Asia, effective immediately. The move, which also spans the luxury hotel brand’s global

Oceana calls for freeze of unmanaged shark catches

Oceana calls for freeze of unmanaged shark catches

Press Release Oceana July 16, 2012 Madrid Contact: Marta Madina ( mmadina@oceana.org ) Around 100 000 vulnerable shortfin mako sharks are caught every year in the Atlantic. Oceana today echoed management recommendations from scientists of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), who have called for caution in Atlantic fisheries for shortfin

US Atlantic Dogfish Fishery Close to MSC Certification

US Atlantic Dogfish Fishery Close to MSC Certification

The United States Atlantic Fishery for Spiny Dogfis.h Marine Stewardship Council Certification. Certification Body: Moody Marine Ltd. Announcement of Determination and Release of the Final Report for Stakeholder Consultation.

Fiji: More monitoring needed to adress shark vulnerability

Fiji: More monitoring needed to adress shark vulnerability

Press Release Fiji Ministry of Information July 16 2012 MORE MONITORING NEEDED TO ADRESS SHARK VULNERABILITY The vulnerability of shark species and their depleting status in the region has become an area of priority analysis for Fiji and the Oceania Fisheries Programme or OFP. Stock assessments of the status of silky shark and oceanic white

Calgary city council to draft shark fin ban bylaw

Calgary city council to draft shark fin ban bylaw

July 16, 2012   Calgary city council has voted 13-2 to draw up a bylaw to ban the distribution and sale of shark fins. The City of Calgary City Clerk’s Office NOTICE OF MOTION NM 2012-32 2012 07 16 RE: Shark Finning Alderman Pincott WHEREAS, The City of Calgary is a recognized leader in environmental

New FAO Report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

New FAO Report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

FAO Media Centre Fisheries and aquaculture – enabling a vital sector to contribute more FAO releases new State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report 9 July 2012, Rome – Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture play a crucial role in food and nutrition security and in providing for the livelihoods of millions of people. FAO’s latest flagship

Oceana: Threatened sharks and rays granted critical protection in the Mediterranean

Oceana: Threatened sharks and rays granted critical protection in the Mediterranean

Press Release Oceana July 11, 2012 Ten species – including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention Oceana is extremely pleased that the EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention.

Shark Motion presented to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012

Shark Motion presented to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012

Motion M037 presented to the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. M037 Conservation measures for threatened and Near Threatened sharks. ACKNOWLEDGING the increasing concern by the international community that many shark species are threatened and are continuing to decline because of unregulated fishing and bycatch;

Australia: 2nd Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks

Australia: 2nd Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks

Australia’s National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2012 ( Shark-plan 2 ) Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry In July 2012 Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry released Australia’s second National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2012 (Shark-plan

EU Hammerhead Shark Proposal Rejected at 83rd IATTC Meeting

EU Hammerhead Shark Proposal Rejected at 83rd IATTC Meeting

The European Commission is disappointed with the outcomes of the 83rd annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), which finished on 29 June in La Jolla, California, the United States.

Commercial Large Coastal Shark Fishery in Gulf of Mexico to be closed on July 6

Commercial Large Coastal Shark Fishery in Gulf of Mexico to be closed on July 6

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE Closure of the Commercial Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico Region The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) projects that the landings for the commercial non-sandbar large coastal shark fishery in the Gulf of Mexico region soon will