Conservation & Fishery

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AUS: Victoria to maintain fishing for thresher sharks despite CMS listing

AUS: Victoria to maintain fishing for thresher sharks despite CMS listing

Press Release VRFish – Victorian Recreational Fishing Peak Body 21. January 2015 ——————- VRFish welcomes moves to maintain thresher shark fishing in Victoria VRFish, the peak body representing Victoria’s recreational fishers, today welcomed moves by the Australian Government to maintain recreational fishing for thresher sharks in Commonwealth waters adjacent to Victoria. The recent listing of

Government of Madagascar Creates Country’s First Shark Sanctuary

Government of Madagascar Creates Country’s First Shark Sanctuary

Press Release Wildlife Conservation Society ( WCS ) 04. February 2015 ———————– New sanctuary in Antongil Bay to protect 19 shark species New law grants local communities exclusive use and management rights to fishing areas New York (February 3, 2015) – The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as

New shark fin identification tool released

New shark fin identification tool released

News Release Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 29. January 2015 ————————– Geneva, 29 January 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), welcomes the new software package for the identification of shark fins released today by

EU plans to ease regulations for dogfish imports

EU plans to ease regulations for dogfish imports

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 02. February 2015 The European Union is a major market for spiny dogfish that is used for human consumption. These dogfish products mainly originate from sustainable fisheries in North America. But on many occasions, EU member states have repeatedly rejected these imports due to exceptionally high levels of non

WA classifies black and smooth stingrays as protected fish in the South West

WA classifies black and smooth stingrays as protected fish in the South West

Media Release Department of Fisheries, Western Australia 28. January 2015 ————————- Two stingray species now protected in the South West New regulations have now come into force to classify two stingray species – black and smooth stingrays – as protected fish, in both the West Coast and South Coast Bioregions of WA. These regions cover

Australia approves trade operation for incidental harvesting of CITES species – Smooth hammerhead shark

Australia approves trade operation for incidental harvesting of CITES species – Smooth hammerhead shark

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION I, PAUL MURPHY, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), advice on

Spanish Blue Shark Fishery Enters Full MSC Assessment

Spanish Blue Shark Fishery Enters Full MSC Assessment

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ENTRY INTO FULL ASSESSMENT 23 TH OF DECEMBER 2014   North and South Atlantic Swordfish & Blue shark Spanish Longline Fishery (Client : ORPAGU & CEPESCA ) MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATION BODY: BUREAU VERITAS CERTIFICATION BUREAU VERITAS Certification is pleased to announce that the above fishery is ready for starting the full

Florida Man Sentenced for Illegal Trade of Bonnethead Sharks

Florida Man Sentenced for Illegal Trade of Bonnethead Sharks

Press Release The United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida 15. December 2014 ————————— Florida Keys Resident Sentenced for Illegally Trafficking in Marine Life Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Tracey Dunn, Assistant Director, NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, and David Pharo, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S.

NOAA proposes to list Harrisson’s dogfish under Endangered Species Act

NOAA proposes to list Harrisson’s dogfish under Endangered Species Act

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 RIN 0648–XD370 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding for the Eastern Taiwan Strait Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, Dusky Sea Snake, Banggai Cardinalfish, Harrisson’s Dogfish, and Three Corals Under the Endangered Species Act AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service

Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks not warranted for listing under Endangered Species Act

Northwest Atlantic dusky sharks not warranted for listing under Endangered Species Act

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XC515 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of 12-Month Finding on Petitions To List the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Dusky Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric

NOAA: Five Sawfish Species Protected Under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA: Five Sawfish Species Protected Under the Endangered Species Act

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 224 RIN 0648-XZ50 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Endangered Listing of Five Species of Sawfish Under the Endangered Species Act AGENCY : National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION : Final rule. SUMMARY

AFMA not flakey about shark handling

AFMA not flakey about shark handling

Media Release Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) 04. December 2014 ————————- Recognising the important role that sharks, rays and related species play in Australia’s ecosystems, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) together with Monash University and the shark fishing industry have developed a guide to increase the survival rate of sharks and rays accidentally caught

2015 US Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Season

2015 US Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Season

News Release National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 01. December 2014 —————————- NMFS Announces a Final Rule Regarding the 2015 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Season The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces a final rule that establishes quotas and opening dates for the 2015 Atlantic commercial shark fisheries. Some of the quotas have changed from the

Philippines seeks ban on killing and trading of sharks and rays

Philippines seeks ban on killing and trading of sharks and rays

Press Release House of Representatives of the Philippines 25. November 2014 —————————- P1M-penalty and 12 year-imprisonment for killing sharks and rays   Writer: Jazmin S. Camero, Media Relations Service-PRIB The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure banning the catching, selling, purchasing, possessing, transporting, importing and exporting of all sharks and rays

Atlantic Fishery Managers Fail Sharks Yet Again

Atlantic Fishery Managers Fail Sharks Yet Again

Press Release Shark Advocates International 17. November 2014 ———————– ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, porbeagles under-protected, and finning ban weak Genoa, Italy. November 17, 2014. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have failed to reach consensus on several shark conservation proposals, including

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