Conservation & Fishery

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

Oregon Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Shark Populations

Oregon Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Shark Populations

Press Release by Oceana. Oceana Commends Action to Prevent Shark Fin Trade August 4, 2011 Salem, Oregon. Today Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will sign a bill banning the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state. The bill (HB 2838) passed the State House of Representatives and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.  The

Huge Micronesia shark sanctuary may become reality

Huge Micronesia shark sanctuary may become reality

Press Release by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Applauds Pacific Island Leaders’ Call for Regional Shark Sanctuary Debbie Salamone, Pew Environment Group. Washington, DC – 08/01/2011 – An area covering over two million square miles of the western Pacific Ocean,  two-thirds of the land area of the United States, is slated to become the world’s

Oceana Calls on U.S. to Ban Shark Products from Countries with Weaker Regulations

Oceana Calls on U.S. to Ban Shark Products from Countries with Weaker Regulations

Press Release by Oceana, Oceana Calls on U.S. Government to Ban Import of Shark Products from Countries with Insufficient Shark Protections. Shark Conservation Act Allows U.S. to Take Action against Countries with Weaker Shark Conservation Regulations, Including China, Japan and Indonesia. August 1, 2011 Washington, D.C. Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to

Oceana and Discovery Channel Partner for 24th Annual Shark Week

Oceana and Discovery Channel Partner for 24th Annual Shark Week

Press Release by OCEANA. 28 July 2011, Washington, D.C. Viewers Urged to Call on U.S. Government to Protect Plummeting Shark Populations Oceana and Discovery Channel are once again joining forces to help save sharks. The groups are planning Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and online efforts to raise awareness about plummeting shark populations around the 24th

Shark Fisheries in Argentina and Uruguay

Shark Fisheries in Argentina and Uruguay

Argentina/Uruguay agree TACs for sharks and rays in common fishing zone By ‘ Blue Channel 24 ‘, 26 July 2011. Argentina and Uruguay have agreed on total allowable catches (TAC) of 4,000 tons and 9,000 tons for smooth-hound shark (Mustelus spp.) and ray (Rajidae) in the Common Fishing Zone (CFZ), which is shared by the

Deep-Sea Shark Species for Consideration of a Cites Listing

Deep-Sea Shark Species for Consideration of a Cites Listing

Twenty-fifth meeting of the Animals Committee Geneva, (Switzerland), 18-22 July 2011 DEEP-SEA SHARK SPECIES FOR CONSIDERATION OF A CITES LISTING This  information document (link to pdf below) has been submitted by the CITES Secretariat at the request of the Pew Environment Group. Deep-sea shark species are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation, deep-sea fisheries are largely unregulated,

Vessel seen landing shark fins in Nicaragua Fins then imported into Costa Rica

Vessel seen landing shark fins in Nicaragua Fins then imported into Costa Rica

Press Release by PRETOMA. July 20, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica. According to reports published in the Nicaraguan press (La Prensa, Monday July 18, page 4a), an unidentified foreign vessel landed between 4 and 8 tons of shark fins in Puerto Sandino, which were then exported to Costa Rica.  The denouncement was made by

Shark Species Gains First Regional Protection in Eastern Pacific Ocean

Shark Species Gains First Regional Protection in Eastern Pacific Ocean

This is an update on the previous (30 June) article : ‘Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries’ 11 July 2011 Joanna Benn, PEW Environment Group. The Pew Environment Group applauds a decision reached on the final day of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting to protect oceanic whitetips, the first shark species accorded