Conservation & Fishery

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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

European Commission legislates only to please NGOs, says Spanish MEP

European Commission legislates only to please NGOs, says Spanish MEP

Shark Fisheries Regulation: Carmen Fraga MEP accuses European Commission of legislating only to please NGOs and to scorn fisheries sector. Fisheries Committee MEP Carmen Fraga has accused the European Commission of "legislating to please NGOs" and to scorn the fisheries sector, after a Regulation proposal on sharks that is "economic and morally demolishing" for the EU fleet.

US Atlantic Fishermen get 5.6 million pound dogfish increase

US Atlantic Fishermen get 5.6 million pound dogfish increase

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2012 ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Increases 2012/2103 Quota to 35.6 Million Pounds and Approves Draft Addendum IV for Public Comment Alexandria, VA – The Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board increased the 2012/2013 spiny dogfish quota from 30 to 35.6 million

EU Shark Proposal at the 36th GFCM Session

EU Shark Proposal at the 36th GFCM Session

GFCM – General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean CGPM – Commission Générale des pêches pour la Méditerranée 36th Session – 36ème Session hotel Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakech, Morocco, 14-19 May 2012 ——————————————————————- EU PROPOSAL FOR GFCM RECOMMENDATION ON FISHERIES MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR CONSERVATION OF SHARKS, SKATES AND RAYS IN THE GFCM AREA The General

2012-2013 US Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Specifications

2012-2013 US Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Specifications

Fishermen happy about new skate rule   By ‘ The Cape Codder ‘ , 30. April 2012 CAPE COD —Local fishermen are relieved that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service increased the overall amount of skates that fishermen can land. The Fisheries Service last Friday issued its final rule for the Northeast skate

Environmental Groups Press Release on Costa Rican CITES Proposal

Environmental Groups Press Release on Costa Rican CITES Proposal

Joint Media Release Environmental and Humane Groups Praise Costa Rica for Groundbreaking Proposal on the International Protection of Hammerhead Sharks SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (April 25, 2012)—Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife, and Teyeliz, A.C. commended Costa Rica for taking the lead in the international protection of oceanic wildlife by listing the Sphyrna lewini species

European Union: ENVI members support total ban on shark finning

European Union: ENVI members support total ban on shark finning

By Anne Eckstein, Europolitics, 26. April 2012 The EU regulation forbidding shark finning (the removal of fins from a shark on board a boat before throwing its body back into the sea) will be strengthened by the deletion of special dispensations. Political agreement was reached at the Fisheries Council, on 19 March (see Europolitics4389) and

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