Conservation & Fishery

Atlantic Shark Fishery update from Jan – June 2014

Atlantic Shark Fishery update from Jan – June 2014

Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update   Jan-june-Shark-Landings       mt dw – lb dw Converted to Number of Sharks   January 1- June 18, 2014   We at Shark Attack Survivors and Shark Year Magazine support Proper fishery management which allows for and promotes removal of appropriate numbers of sharks while insuring species

Bill to ban shark fins passes Massachusetts Senate

Bill to ban shark fins passes Massachusetts Senate

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 20. June 2014 On 19. June 2014, the legislation banning the possession or sale of shark fins cleared the Massachusetts state Senate unanimously (YEAS 38, NAYS 0, see votes below). The bill only exempts smooth-hound sharks, spiny dogfish and any species in the order batoidea (Rays and Skates) from

Shark meat seized by Cebu Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force

Shark meat seized by Cebu Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force

Provincial News Province of Cebu 13. June 2014 ——————— Thresher shark meat seized in Naga By Xerxes Alkuino The Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force (CPAIFTF) apprehended an Isuzu Elf that was carrying bags of shark meat. CPAIFTF Team Leader Loy Anthony Madrigal said the vehicle was flagged down along the national highway in Naga

Global Protection Proposed for Sharks, Rays, Sawfish, Polar Bear and Lions

Global Protection Proposed for Sharks, Rays, Sawfish, Polar Bear and Lions

Press Release CMS Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals 11. June 2014 —————— Fate of Iconic Species in the Balance as Key Wildlife Conservation Conference Countdown Commences Bonn, Germany, 11 June 2014 – Some of the world’s most endangered species, many of them migratory, are facing unprecedented threats from climate change,

Marina Bay Sands removes shark fin from menus

Marina Bay Sands removes shark fin from menus

Press Release Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd 11. June 2014 ————– Property goes shark fin-free in Sands Expo and own restaurants; procures seafood from sustainable sources Singapore (11 June 2014) – Marina Bay Sands has taken a decisive step in its ongoing commitment to protect the environment by no longer serving shark fin in restaurants

NOAA: Great hammerhead shark currently not in danger of extinction

NOAA: Great hammerhead shark currently not in danger of extinction

Shark Year Magazine, 10. June 2014   Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service turned down requests by WildEarth Guardians and the Natural Resources Defense Council to list the Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). You can find the related press release ( published in December 2012 ) by WildEarth Guardians

Endangered Sawfish: IUCN Strategy Released as Global Protection Proposed

Endangered Sawfish: IUCN Strategy Released as Global Protection Proposed

Press Release IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) 05. June 2014 ————— Shark Specialists Prioritize Recovery of World’s Largest, Most Threatened Rays Durban, South Africa. June 5, 2014. The Shark Specialist Group (SSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is today releasing a global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes,

First Skate Species Receives MSC Certification

First Skate Species Receives MSC Certification

Note by Shark Year Magazine : On 03. June 2014, the U.S. West Coast limited entry groundfish trawl fishery was awarded MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery, following an independent, scientific assessment and significant stakeholder involvement. The certification applies to 13 species, including the first MSC certified skate species: Longnose Skates (Raja rhina).

SA Gummy Shark Fishery: Trials of longlines to mitigate captures of Australian sea lion

SA Gummy Shark Fishery: Trials of longlines to mitigate captures of Australian sea lion

Final report – 2011-068 – Trials of Longlines to Target Gummy Shark in SESSF Waters off South Australia Project Number: 2011/068 Published Date: May 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9873286-3-2 Principal Investigator: Anthony Ciconte Description: The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in conjunction with the gillnet sector of the SESSF, has developed a formal Sea Lion Management Strategy

NZ: Bid to end all shark finning by October

NZ: Bid to end all shark finning by October

Press Release Hon Dr Nick Smith ( Conservation ) Hon Nathan Guy ( Primary Industries ) 22. May 2014 —————— Proposal to speed up shark finning ban A proposal to bring forward a ban on all shark finning to 1 October this year has been announced today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary

Report highlights growing role of fish in feeding the world

Report highlights growing role of fish in feeding the world

Media Release Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 19. May 2014 —————— New edition of FAO’s “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” released 19 May 2014, Rome – More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and as a source of income, but harmful practices and poor management

ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Initiates Draft Addendum V

ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Initiates Draft Addendum V

Press Release Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission ( ASMFC ) 14. May 2014 —————– ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Initiates Draft Addendum V to the Spiny Dogfish Interstate Fishery Management Plan Alexandria, VA – The Commission’s Spiny Dogfish Board initiated Draft Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Spiny Dogfish. The Draft Addendum

European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets

European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets

Press Release European Commission Brussels, 14 May 2014 ——————————- Fisheries: European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets The European Commission wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of 1 January 2015. Although rules are already in place to forbid using driftnets to catch certain migratory

Massachusetts: Declaration for Spiny Dogfish Season 2014/2015

Massachusetts: Declaration for Spiny Dogfish Season 2014/2015

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Paul J. Diodati Director 01. May 2014 —————— Director Declares 4,000 lb 2014/2015 Spiny Dogfish Trip Limit Pursuant to 322 CMR 6.35, the Director hereby declares the following:  Beginning May 1, 2014 it shall be unlawful for any commercial vessel or commercial permit holder to possess or land

South Africa: Draft Shark Management Plan Unveiled

South Africa: Draft Shark Management Plan Unveiled

Department of Environmental Affairs 02. May 2014   ——————- The draft shark biodiversity management plan (SBMP) has been published for public comment in terms of the National Environment: Biodiversity Act (2004). The plan will set targets to improve the status of sharks within South African waters and will establish the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)