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NOAA: 90-Day Finding To List Three Manta Rays Under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA: 90-Day Finding To List Three Manta Rays Under the Endangered Species Act

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 RIN 0648-XE390 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Three Manta Rays as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION:

CITES traceability pilot project presented at global sharks meeting in Costa Rica

CITES traceability pilot project presented at global sharks meeting in Costa Rica

Press Release CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) 16. February 2015 —————————— Targeted support being provided to countries to help implement CITES sharks and ray listings. Geneva/San Jose, 16 February 2015 – The results of a pilot project to improve traceability of CITES-listed shark products in Costa

CITES Proposals submitted to protect four pelagic shark species and devil rays

CITES Proposals submitted to protect four pelagic shark species and devil rays

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 07. February 2016 On 05. February, CITES has informed its members on the latest received proposals to amend the Appendices for several marine species. All these proposals are related to elasmobranch species (sharks and rays) and will be considered at the seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Seven Fishing Associations File an Amici Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Shark Fin Lawsuit

Seven Fishing Associations File an Amici Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Shark Fin Lawsuit

News Release Saving Seafood 28. January 2016 ———————- WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) — January 28, 2016 — Seven fishing associations have filed an amici brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari in Chinatown Neighborhood Association, et al. v. Kamala D. Harris, which seeks to overturn California’s shark fin possession ban.  The Sustainable Fisheries Association,

U.S. Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings 2015

U.S. Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings 2015

News Release NOAA Fisheries 20. January 2016 —————— Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update January 1 – December 31, 2015 Below are the preliminary landings estimates for 2015 in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries; 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds. These preliminary estimates are

NOAA: 90-Day Finding To List the Oceanic Whitetip Shark Under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA: 90-Day Finding To List the Oceanic Whitetip Shark Under the Endangered Species Act

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 RIN 0648-XE314 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Oceanic Whitetip Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act Agency: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Action: 90-day

Mauritius ready to prepare National Plan of Action to protect sharks

Mauritius ready to prepare National Plan of Action to protect sharks

Press Release Republic of Mauritius 22. December 2015 ——————— National Plan of Action for the conservation and management of sharks is in preparation A National Plan of Action (NPOA) for the conservation and management of sharks, is being prepared, in line with the International Plan of Action for Sharks of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

MAFMC Revises Spiny Dogfish Specifications for the 2016 Fishing Year

MAFMC Revises Spiny Dogfish Specifications for the 2016 Fishing Year

News Release Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) 16. December 2015 ———————– Council Revises 2016 Spiny Dogfish Specifications The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has revised the spiny dogfish specifications that were previously recommended for the 2016 fishing year. During the December 2015 Council Meeting last week in Annapolis, Maryland, the Council approved a revised acceptable biological

CITES shark listings capacity building efforts recognised by UN General Assembly

CITES shark listings capacity building efforts recognised by UN General Assembly

Press Release Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 15. December 2015 —————— CITES shark listings capacity building efforts recognised by UN General Assembly in annual resolution on Sustainable Fisheries Geneva, 15 December 2015 – The resolution on Sustainable Fisheries1 (A/70/L.19) adopted unanimously on 8 December by the 70th

Suspected Hammerhead Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs

Suspected Hammerhead Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs

Press Release Hong Kong SAR Government News 14. December 2015 ————– Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dried shark fins of Sphyrnidae at airport Hong Kong Customs seized about 16 kilograms of suspected dried shark fins of Sphyrnidae, an endangered species, and arrested a man at Hong Kong International Airport today (December 14). Customs officers intercepted

NOAA: 12-Month Finding for 7 Foreign Elasmobranch Species Under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA: 12-Month Finding for 7 Foreign Elasmobranch Species Under the Endangered Species Act

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 RIN 0648–XE184   Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding for 7 Foreign Species of Elasmobranchs Under the Endangered Species Act A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/07/2015 Agency: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),

Louisiana to increase the 2016 commercial possession limit for large coastal sharks

Louisiana to increase the 2016 commercial possession limit for large coastal sharks

News Release Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWF Commission) 03. December 2015 —————————- LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial Large Coastal Shark Harvest Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Declaration of Emergency to modify the commercial harvest possession limits for non-sandbar, large coastal sharks. The commercial possession limit will increase

MacNeil welcomes potential for Spurdog by-catch landings in the Minch

MacNeil welcomes potential for Spurdog by-catch landings in the Minch

News Release Angus MacNeil, Scottish National Party, Member of Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. 26. November 2015 —————— Trawlermen may soon be able to land the edible fish Spurdog which they are currently forced to discard back into the sea, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP has learned. Responding to questions from Mr MacNeil

Florida: Individual to appear before judge for possession of undersized shark

Florida: Individual to appear before judge for possession of undersized shark

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ( FWC ) Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report November 6, 2015 thru November 12, 2015 ( … ) SOUTH REGION A BROWARD COUNTY Officers Matthews and Vacin were on patrol in the area of the John Lloyd State Park Jetty and were conducting marine fisheries inspections. One individual

Florida: Two individuals arrested for illegal possession of nurse sharks

Florida: Two individuals arrested for illegal possession of nurse sharks

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ( FWC ) Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report September 4, 2015 thru September 11, 2015 ( … ) SOUTH REGION B MONROE COUNTY Officer Hein was on state land patrol in the Islamorada area when he noticed a group of people fishing on a private dock. Officer Hein

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