Fishery Management

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Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Shark populations in the Mediterranean and Black Sea have dropped dramatically over the last two centuries and now risk extinction, with serious implications for the region's entire marine ecosystem and food chains, according to a new FAO study.

California: Fishing Industry Joins Legal Battle Against Shark Fin Ban

California: Fishing Industry Joins Legal Battle Against Shark Fin Ban

On March 4, 2013 the Sustainable Fisheries Association (SFA), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization representing New England Atlantic spiny dogfish shark processors, joined a California legal battle arguing that a state law banning the sale and transport of shark fins is both wasteful and unconstitutional.

2.7 Million Sharks Caught By U.S. Recreational Fishermen in 2011

2.7 Million Sharks Caught By U.S. Recreational Fishermen in 2011

U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in the nation’s economy in 2011, according to a new economic report released by NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

Fishing Leads to Significant Shark Population Declines

Fishing Leads to Significant Shark Population Declines

Press Release Florida International University 01. March 2013 ———————- The world’s shark population is experiencing significant decline with perhaps 100 million or more sharks being lost every year, according to a study published this week in Marine Policy. While sharks are one of the oldest vertebrate groups on the planet, the population decline is causing

U.S. Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery successfully expands scope of MSC certification

U.S. Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery successfully expands scope of MSC certification

News Release Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) 26. February 2013 ————————– Following the success of the certification of the United States east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish to the MSC standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in August, 2012, the fishery has expanded the scope of certification to cover the remaining offshore areas

INTERPOL targets illegal fishing

INTERPOL targets illegal fishing

Media Release INTERPOL 26. February 2013 INTERPOL launches Project Scale to combat fisheries crime LYON, France – INTERPOL has launched Project Scale, a global initiative to detect, suppress and combat fisheries crime which is estimated to cost the global economy up to USD 23 billion each year and is linked to other forms of serious

Jones Helps Stop Fed’s Proposed NC Fishing Closure

Jones Helps Stop Fed’s Proposed NC Fishing Closure

Press Release Congressman Walter Jones 3rd District of North Carolina 25. February 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has successfully worked to stop a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposal that would have closed federal waters off Dare County to pelagic long-line fishing in order to better protect dusky sharks.  Roughly a

ASMFC Approves Smooth Dogfish Draft Addendum for Public Comment

ASMFC Approves Smooth Dogfish Draft Addendum for Public Comment

News Release Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission ( ASMFC ) 21. February 2013 Working towards healthy, self-sustaining populations of all Atlantic coast fish species, or successful restoration well in progress by the year 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexandria, VA – The Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board approved Draft Addendum II to the

NMFS to Reconsider Proposed Dusky Shark Measures

NMFS to Reconsider Proposed Dusky Shark Measures

News Release NOAA Fisheries Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 20. February 2013 —————————- NMFS to Reconsider Dusky Shark Measures Proposed in Draft Amendment 5 to the Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan On November 26, 2012, we published a proposed rule (77 FR 70552) for draft Amendment 5 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species

ESA Process: Calif. Aquarium will not collect White sharks for exhibit in 2013

ESA Process: Calif. Aquarium will not collect White sharks for exhibit in 2013

The Aquarium is very supportive of today’s decision by the California Fish and Game Commission to evaluate whether the Northeastern Pacific population of great white sharks requires additional protection under the California Endangered Species Act.

Recreational Fishing Alliance Opposes Endangered Species Listing of Great white shark

Recreational Fishing Alliance Opposes Endangered Species Listing of Great white shark

Below is the Recreational Fishing Alliance response to the proposed listing of the Northeast Pacific population of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) as an endangered or threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act (ESA). The man shown in this photo seems to be Randy Fry who was killed by a great white shark while diving

South Africa: Breede River Shark Fishing Ban

South Africa: Breede River Shark Fishing Ban

South African Shark Conservancy 28. January 2013 The South African Shark Conservancy are pleased to announce that – after 3 years of hard work & lobbying – the Minister of Fisheries from the SA Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) has signed off on the ban to prevent the catching or disturbance of Zambezi

IFAW Highlights Threats to Sharks in Yemen

IFAW Highlights Threats to Sharks in Yemen

Press Release International Fund for Animal Welfare ( IFAW ) January 22, 2013 Dubai, UAE Concerned about the conservation of sharks in the Republic of Yemen, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is organizing a national workshop in collaboration with the Yemen Environment Protection Authority. It is estimated 70 million sharks worldwide

CMS Welcomes United Nations General Assembly Resolution regarding CMS Sharks MOU

CMS Welcomes United Nations General Assembly Resolution regarding CMS Sharks MOU

Press Release Convention on Migratory Species ( CMS ) Bonn, 14 January 2013 ——————————–   By adopting the wide-ranging text on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea” on 11 December 2012 in New York, the United Nations General Assembly has for the first time ever officially recognized the importance of the CMS MOU on

NOAA to work with 10 nations to address IUU fishing

NOAA to work with 10 nations to address IUU fishing

Press Release National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) January 11, 2013 ————————- NOAA to work with 10 nations to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and stem the bycatch of protected species Six previously identified nations take corrective actions As part of its overall efforts to ensure that the U.S. fishing industry isn’t undermined by

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