Conservation & Fishery

Venezuela Ends Shark Finning, Creates Protected Area

Venezuela Ends Shark Finning, Creates Protected Area

Press Release The PEW Charitable Trusts Jun 20, 2012 Contact: Rachel Brittin, 202.540.6312 City: Washington Pew applauds action to ban shark fishing in critical breeding habitat Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. Most significantly, commercial shark fishing is now prohibited throughout the 3,730 square kilometers (1,440

The UK takes another step to protect endangered sharks

The UK takes another step to protect endangered sharks

News Release Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) 18 June 2012 Endangered sharks will be given greater protection following the signing of an international agreement on the conservation of sharks, Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon announced today. The agreement, the first of its kind to address the global conservation of sharks, was signed by

EU: Dogfish assessed as not overfished in Northeast Atlantic

EU: Dogfish assessed as not overfished in Northeast Atlantic

Fishing opportunities for 2013: Improvements for some fish stocks Press Release European Commission Brussels, 8 June 2012 In a consultation document adopted today, the European Commission sets out its intentions for fixing fishing opportunities for 2013. Through this annual document the Commission asks for the views of Member States and stakeholders on the setting of

UN Secretary-General urges countries to protect marine environment

UN Secretary-General urges countries to protect marine environment

On World Oceans Day, Ban urges countries to protect marine environment UN News Centre 08. June 2012 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to boost their efforts to protect the world’s oceans, which are threatened by overfishing, toxic waste, and climate change. “We must do more for our world’s oceans, which are threatened

EU Proposal to protect Hammerhead Sharks from sport and commercial fisheries in IATTC Area

EU Proposal to protect Hammerhead Sharks from sport and commercial fisheries in IATTC Area

INTER-AMERICAN TROPICAL TUNA COMMISSION 83RD MEETING La Jolla, California (USA) 25-29 June 2012 PROPOSAL IATTC-83 E-1 SUBMITTED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION IATTC RESOLUTION ON THE CONSERVATION OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS (FAMILY SPHYRNIDAE) CAUGHT IN ASSOCIATION WITH FISHERIES IN THE IATTC CONVENTION AREA EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM Goal: Hammerhead sharks, caught mainly in the longline but also in purse

Australia: Shark fishers focus on sustainability

Australia: Shark fishers focus on sustainability

By the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) 28. May 2012 A group of 30 commercial shark fishers has improved their understanding of sustainable fishing practices in a two-day “Improved Environmental Work Practices” workshop at the South East Australia Maritime Education Centre (Seamec) in Lakes Entrance last week. The workshop, a joint initiative between industry, AFMA

An open letter concerning the unsustainability of shark finning

An open letter concerning the unsustainability of shark finning

White Shark Conservation Trust 29. May 2012   As a conservation organisation, we would like to express our concern about the recent misinformation perpetuated in the national and international media asserting that the shark fin trade is sustainable. The reality is that this vast trade is largely unmanaged and unmonitored, and that the shark fin

Tuna processors put shark finning ban in writing

Tuna processors put shark finning ban in writing

Media Release International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Companies that Prohibit Shark Finning   Posted by Mike Crispino, 1 June 2012 This year we asked the tuna industry to take a step toward ending the practice of shark finning, the act of removing a shark’s fin while discarding the carcass at sea. It violates the Food and

US Commercial porbeagle shark fishery to be closed on May 30

US Commercial porbeagle shark fishery to be closed on May 30

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE           May 24, 2012 Emily H. Menash ( Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries ) NMFS Announces a Closure of the Commercial Porbeagle Shark Fishery The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) projects that the landings for the

NSW Government Press Release on Hammerhead Shark Protection

NSW Government Press Release on Hammerhead Shark Protection

NSW Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, said the Great Hammerhead Shark has been listed as a Vulnerable Species and the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark as an Endangered Species in NSW.

Australia: NSW lists two Hammerhead shark species under Fisheries Management Act 1994

Australia: NSW lists two Hammerhead shark species under Fisheries Management Act 1994

Fisheries Management Amendment (Threatened Species Conservation) Order (No 3) 2012 under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 Published  18 May 2012 The Fisheries Scientific Committee established under the Fisheries Management Act 1994, in pursuance of section 220D of the Fisheries Management Act 1994, makes the following Order. Dated, this 8th day of May 2012. Dr Jane

Shark Conservation Measures adopted by 23 Mediterranean Countries at GFCM Meeting

Shark Conservation Measures adopted by 23 Mediterranean Countries at GFCM Meeting

Oceana: EU opposition to management of Mediterranean fisheries is a clear warning for the future of European fisheries reform Despite meeting’s failures, Oceana welcomes Mediterranean shark finning ban and significant steps for shark protection.

NGOs Join New York City Council Member to Protect Sharks and Oceans

NGOs Join New York City Council Member to Protect Sharks and Oceans

Shark Advocates Join New York City Council Member Margaret Chin to Rally for State Legislation to Protect Sharks and Oceans Council resolution calls for end to cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade. May 17, 2012   Oceana, WildAid, NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, Shark Savers, Born Free USA, COARE, Shark Research Institute A coalition of animal welfare, environmental

Unreported Basking Shark Discard Leads to Investigation

Unreported Basking Shark Discard Leads to Investigation

Alleged fish dumpers under investigation   By Michael Morrah, 3 News, 17. May 2012 A 3 News investigation into fish dumping has led to charges being brought against the captain and factory manager of a foreign-owned trawler. Both have been charged with fish dumping and misreporting of a catch – and it’s not just wasteful

Annual NOAA report shows a record number of rebuilt fisheries

Annual NOAA report shows a record number of rebuilt fisheries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2012 Contact: Monica  Allen (301) 713-2370 Christine  Patrick 301-427-8030 A record six fish populations were declared rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011, bringing the number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish populations in the last 11 years to 27, according to a report to Congress out today from NOAA’s Fisheries Service. This report