Conservation & Fishery

Florida proposes protection for hammerheads, tiger sharks

Florida proposes protection for hammerheads, tiger sharks

Florida proposes protection for hammerhead sharks tiger sharks The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) protect shark populations in Florida waters.

Is it OK to kill 104 Australian sea lions to catch sharks ?

Is it OK to kill 104 Australian sea lions to catch sharks ?

Posted by Australian Marine Conservation Society, 06. September 2011 In the waters off our southern coastline, playful and acrobatic Australian sea lions hunt for fish and squid. Spinning and diving and darting after prey, numbers of these beautiful animals are still recovering following historical hunting for their fur. Australian sea lions are rare and threatened,

Tokelau Declares Shark Sanctuary

Tokelau Declares Shark Sanctuary

Pew congratulates South Pacific island for joining global trend Press Release by PEW, 07. September 2011 Matt Rand, director of Global Shark Conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the shark sanctuary designation made by Tokelau, an island territory in the South Pacific. The new sanctuary encompasses all

USA and EU sign Agreement on Illegal Fisheries

USA and EU sign Agreement on Illegal Fisheries

Fisheries: European Union and United States agree to strengthen cooperation to combat illegal fishing Press Release by the European Commission 07. September 2011 Brussels/Washington, 7 September 2011 – A historic statement pledging bilateral cooperation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, known as IUU fishing, will be signed today in Washington by Maria Damanaki, European

California Senate Votes to Halt Trade of Shark Fins in California

California Senate Votes to Halt Trade of Shark Fins in California

Press Release by Oceana, 06 September 2011 Sacramento, CA – Today the California Senate acknowledged the importance of the ocean’s top predator, sharks, by voting to enact a ban on the sale, trade, possession, and distribution of shark fins in the state.  Oceana applauds the Senate for taking action to halt California’s contribution to the

Petition to list Skates under US Endangered Species Act

Petition to list Skates under US Endangered Species Act

August 22, 2011 PETITION TO LIST FOUR SKATE SPECIES UNDER THE U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT (1)  THORNY SKATE  (AMBLYRAJA RADIATA) (2) BARNDOOR SKATE  (DIPTURUS LAEVIS) (3) WINTER SKATE  (LEUCORAJA OCELLATA) (4) SMOOTH SKATE  (MALACORAJA SENTA) Petitioners: ‘WildEarth Guardians’ and ‘Friends of Animals’ PDF Download      

US Atlantic Shark Management Measures for Hammerhead and Oceanic whitetip sharks

US Atlantic Shark Management Measures for Hammerhead and Oceanic whitetip sharks

Federal Register Volume 76, Number 167 (Monday, August 29, 2011) DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: NMFS hereby implements the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

Shark Trust criticises Dutch Porbeagle Auction

Shark Trust criticises Dutch Porbeagle Auction

On August 19,  we reported that two porbeagle sharks were auctioned in the Netherlands ( link to post ). Below is a News Release by Shark Trust about this case : Illegally caught shark auctioned in Scheveningen Friday 25 August 2011   Despite EU rules to protect it, a rare porbeagle shark was auctioned last

US Porbeagle Shark Fishery to be Closed

US Porbeagle Shark Fishery to be Closed

NMFS Announces a Closure of the Commercial Porbeagle Shark Fishery   The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) projects that the landings for the commercial porbeagle shark fishery have exceeded 80 percent of the available quota. As required by NMFS regulations, 50 CFR 6.35 .28(b )(2), NMFS is closing the commercial porbeagle shark fishery as of

HSI and Jane Goodall Institute China join to protect sharks

HSI and Jane Goodall Institute China join to protect sharks

Humane Society International and the Jane Goodall Institute China Join to Protect Sharks Media Release by the Humane Society International BEIJING (Aug. 19, 2011) – Humane Society International and the Jane Goodall Institute China’s Roots & Shoots Beijing program have teamed up with the Beijing Zoo to promote shark protection with a photo exhibit that

US Spiny Dogfish Fishery to be Closed

US Spiny Dogfish Fishery to be Closed

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested. A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/22/2011 ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of spiny dogfish fishery. SUMMARY NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the first semi-annual

European Union Proposal for Porbeagle Shark Protection

European Union Proposal for Porbeagle Shark Protection

EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 17.8.2011 COM(2011) 496 final 2011/0222 (NLE) Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Council Regulations (EU) No 57/2011 and (EC) 754/2009 as regards the protection of the species “porbeagle”, certain TACs and certain fishing effort limits set for the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland. 3. LEGAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROPOSAL The proposed amendments

BC Spiny Dogfish Fishery should be certified as sustainable

BC Spiny Dogfish Fishery should be certified as sustainable

Ian Scott, Moody Marine, Ltd. 21 July 2011.   British Columbia Hook & Line Spiny Dogfish Fishery Marine Stewardship Council Certification Certification Body: Moody Marine Ltd Announcement of Determination and Release of the Final Report for Stakeholder Consultation Following a 30 day period of comment on the Draft Report, the independent Governing Board of the certification

The HSUS Files Lawsuits to Protect Porbeagle Sharks

The HSUS Files Lawsuits to Protect Porbeagle Sharks

Press Release by the HSUS,  04 August 2011. During “Shark Week,” The Humane Society of the United States Files Lawsuits to Protect Imperiled Porbeagle Sharks   The Humane Society of the United States filed litigation in federal court seeking to increase protection for the porbeagle shark, a species that has lost 80 percent of its

Shark Finning Continues in Costa Rica

Shark Finning Continues in Costa Rica

By: Randall Arauz, President PRETOMA Periódico La Nación, Costa Rica. August 1, 2011. Op-Ed Section. “Shark finning is prohibited in Costa Rica and there is no reason to be concerned about it”, said INCOPESCA’s President, Jorge Dobles, during a hearing with the Legislative Assembly’s Environmental Commission on Thursday, July 21st. This comment lead to liberation