Conservation & Fishery

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)

Status of U.S. Shark Stocks in 2013

Status of U.S. Shark Stocks in 2013

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine, 02. May 2014 The latest Annual Report on the Status of U.S. Fisheries has just been released. A PDF-file of the Status of Stocks 2013 Report can be downloaded here. The three tables below provide an overview of the status of 5 shark stock complexes and 24 shark stocks which

Nothing Flake-y about this decision

Nothing Flake-y about this decision

Press Release Fisheries Research and Development Corporation ( FRDC ) 30. April 2014 —————– The Australian Fish Names committee today have put an end to consumer confusion and concerns around purchasing shark species with the announcement of the new group name Flake. The new group name Flake now means that only two shark species, Gummy

Member of WA Liberals Suggests to Reinstate Commercial Shark Fishing on Trial Basis

Member of WA Liberals Suggests to Reinstate Commercial Shark Fishing on Trial Basis

By Hon Phil Edman Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for South Metropolitan Region Published in the South Metro Scoop March 2014 —————– RE-INSTATING WET LINING AND COMMERCIAL SHARK FISHING Phil Edman — 4 April 2014 I met recently with Hon Ken Baston, the Minister for Fisheries, as well as several personnel from the

WWF Announces Changes in Shark Fin Trade Figures – Imports Drop Over 30 Per Cent

WWF Announces Changes in Shark Fin Trade Figures – Imports Drop Over 30 Per Cent

Press Release WWF Hong Kong 08. April 2014 —————– WWF-Hong Kong announces today that the volume of shark fin products imported into Hong Kong in 2013 dropped significantly – from 8,285.1 tonnes to 5,412.2 tonnes, or 34.7 per cent – according to the latest figures from the Census and Statistics Department. There was also a