Conservation & Fishery

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

European Union – Food Alert: Shark Products

European Union – Food Alert: Shark Products

Mercury in frozen blue shark steaks Cadmium in frozen blue shark steaks Mercury in white dogfish Portugal Italy Poland Thailand Senegal

Louisiana: Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks Closed

Louisiana: Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks Closed

State of Louisiana, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Press Release 14 July 2011. Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by

Largetooth Sawfish Declared an Endangered Species

Largetooth Sawfish Declared an Endangered Species

Press Release by Shark Advocates International. WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 U.S. government will grant strong protection for rare shark-like ray. Shark Advocates International is applauding the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) decision to list largetooth sawfish (Pristisperotteti) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Largetooth sawfish occur in coastal waters and rivers in Mexico, Central

Grey nurse shark conservation review underway in New South Wales Australia

Grey nurse shark conservation review underway in New South Wales Australia

ABC NEWS July 12, 2011 A review of grey nurse shark protection moves to Coffs Harbour today, Tuesday July 12, 2011. The O’Farrell government has revoked fishing bans off South West Rocks and rolled-back management zones in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The department of Primary Industries’ Sarah Fairfull says more review sessions are at

Thousands cry out to ban shark fin imports to Costa Rica.

Thousands cry out to ban shark fin imports to Costa Rica.

PRETOMA Press Release July 12, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica A letter signed by 4039 Costa Rican citizens, was delivered today to the country’s President Laura Chinchilla, urging her to sign an Executive Decree banning shark fin imports.  The letter was also signed by 324 citizens of 39 countries, from Taiwan to the United

Taiwan fishermen to be asked to bring in sharks intact

Taiwan fishermen to be asked to bring in sharks intact

10 July 2011 By Jamie Wang, Focus Taiwan News Channel. Taiwan will next year become the first Asian country to ban fishermen from bringing in dismembered sharks, as part of efforts to prevent finning, a local report said Sunday. Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency (FA) under the Council of Agriculture expects to implement a new regulation to

Shark Fishing in Ecuador

Shark Fishing in Ecuador

08 July 2011, GALAPAGOS BLOG. In 2007 President Rafael Correa overturned the law prohibiting the sale of shark fins and shark meat making it legal for fishermen who “accidently” catch sharks while conducting other fishing activity.  As a result thousands of sharks are killed each year and sold to Hong Kong or other parts of Asia

Oceana Applauds Chile for Banning Shark Finning

Oceana Applauds Chile for Banning Shark Finning

Press Release Dustin Cranor ( OCEANA Senior Manager, Campaign Communications ). 06 July 2011 Today, the Chilean National Congress passed legislation that completely bans shark finning. The bill, promoted by Oceana, requires every shark that fishermen catch to be landed with their fins naturally attached. The President of Chile is expected to sign the legislation

Fiji reviews fisheries law to protect the ‘King of the Seas’

Fiji reviews fisheries law to protect the ‘King of the Seas’

Press Release by the Fiji Government 06 July 2011 First it was turtles and now the Fijian Government is out to protect sharks. A new landmark policy to counteract the alarming decline of sharks in Fiji is being drafted by Government. Deaprtment of Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Commander Viliame Naupoto confirmed that a review