Conservation & Fishery

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

Bahamas acts to protect sharks

Bahamas acts to protect sharks

Bahama Islands Info, submitted by Lia Head / BNT. Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:52 NASSAU, Bahamas — Sharks in The Bahamas can breathe more easily after the nation’s government announced Tuesday that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles) of the country’s waters is now prohibited. “2011 is fast

Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries

Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries

Press Pelease by the Pew Environment Group. 30 June 2011. Sharks Caught in the Jaws of Tuna Fisheries Pew points to plunging whitetip numbers. Governments will soon have a chance to help conserve populations of oceanic whitetip sharks, which have declined so much in the eastern Pacific that catch numbers have been reduced to almost

Hawaii Shark Fin Product Ban Takes Effect July 1

Hawaii Shark Fin Product Ban Takes Effect July 1

28 June 2011 Press Release by The Humane Society. Restaurants and retailers reminded of prohibition on sale of shark fin soup and other fin products HONOLULU – The Humane Society of the United States, Shark Allies and marine protection advocates are reminding restaurants and retailers across Hawaii that beginning July 1, it is illegal for

Responsibly Sourced Pacific Common Thresher Shark Now Available

Responsibly Sourced Pacific Common Thresher Shark Now Available

22 June 2011, Santa Monica Seafood. When shark fishing makes the news these days, it’s generally negative. Shark finning, especially in California, has a lot of people up in arms lately, and rightly so. It’s a deplorable practice that has a negative impact on shark populations world wide. We want to make it clear that

Florida FWC surveys on shark fishing changes

Florida FWC surveys on shark fishing changes

27. June 2011, The Islander. By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s public forum in Sarasota June 23 drew a number of anglers and fishing guides, many of whom disagreed with an FWC proposal to add great hammerheads and tiger sharks to the banned fishing list. FWC division of fisheries

Sabah Ban on shark fins next year

Sabah Ban on shark fins next year

26 June 2011, my Sarawak – News coverage around Sarawak. KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is looking to impose a total ban on shark fin dish, most likely by next year. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said his ministry was currently looking into a suitable buffer period to allow traders and food operators in

Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Permanent Shark Sanctuary

Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Permanent Shark Sanctuary

ROATAN, Honduras, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa announced a permanent shark sanctuary in Honduran waters today, building on the country’s 2010 shark-fishing moratorium. The designation encompasses all 240,000 square kilometers (92,665 square miles) of the country’s exclusive economic zone on its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. “We have seen that protecting sharks

Plans to Safeguard Scottish Sharks, Skates and Rays

Plans to Safeguard Scottish Sharks, Skates and Rays

23. June 2011, The Scottish Government. More protection for vulnerable species New rules are being drafted to increase protection of vulnerable species of shark, skate and ray in Scotland.Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the Scottish Government intended to introduce a protection order for the species, collectively known as elasmobranchs. Subject to parliamentary approval, this will

Pew Commends Chilean Chamber of Deputies on Vote to End Shark Finning

Pew Commends Chilean Chamber of Deputies on Vote to End Shark Finning

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire Today, the Chilean Chamber of Deputies unanimously passed legislation that bans the practice of shark finning in Chilean waters. The Senate must approve the current version of this bill before it moves to President Sebastian Pinera for his signature. “The Chamber of Deputies’ strong support for the shark finning ban