Fishery Management

Tiger shark, hammerhead protections start Jan. 1

Tiger shark, hammerhead protections start Jan. 1

News Release by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), 28. December 2011 Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 The recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and smooth, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks will be prohibited in Florida state waters beginning Jan. 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the management

NMFS rejects endangered status for four skate species

NMFS rejects endangered status for four skate species

Notice About the Thorny Skate (Amblyraja radiata) Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Thorny Skate (Amblyraja radiata) Under the Endangered Species Act A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on    20. December 2011 SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce 90-day finding for petitions to list the thorny

Caribbean Workshop on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

Caribbean Workshop on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

Caribbean Region Embraces the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries   Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 14. December 2011 The FAO Code of Conduct is highly regarded and used as main framework for fisheries policy development and planning at regional level in the Caribbean. This is seen

MSC Board statement on shark finning

MSC Board statement on shark finning

News Release by the Marine Stewardship Council, 16. December 2011 At its December 2011 meeting held in Berlin, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board of Trustees resolved that fisheries engaged in shark finning would not be eligible for certification to the MSC standard for sustainable fisheries. Shark finning is defined as the practice of removing

Eco-Label for Pelagic Longline Fishery in US North Atlantic

Eco-Label for Pelagic Longline Fishery in US North Atlantic

Southeast US North Atlantic Swordfish Longline and Buoy Gear Fishery Completes MSC Certification News Release by the Marine Stewardship Council ( MSC ), 08. December 2011 The Southeast US North Atlantic swordfish (Xiphias gladius) pelagic longline and buoy gear fishery has received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification after a rigorous, independent assessment by MRAG Americas,

Petition to list a Hammerhead Species under Endangered Species Act

Petition to list a Hammerhead Species under Endangered Species Act

90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Ospesca Agreement on Shark Finning

Ospesca Agreement on Shark Finning

DR joins Central America against shark finning   By Dominican Today, Staff Writer, 26 November 2011 Panama City.– Agriculture Ministers of Central America and the Dominican Republic, agreed to ban the capture of sharks for their fins and to encourage intra-regional commodity trade, among other issues discussed in Panama. There was consensus in the Central

EU Commission proposes full shark finning ban

EU Commission proposes full shark finning ban

Fisheries: European Commission proposes full ban on shark finning at sea

ASMFC – Spiny Dogfish Quota for 2012-2013

ASMFC – Spiny Dogfish Quota for 2012-2013

ASMFC Sets Spiny Dogfish Quota for 2012-2013           Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission NEWS RELEASE Press Contact: Tina Berger FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2011 ASMFC Sets Spiny Dogfish 2012/2013 Fishing Year Quota at 30 Million Pounds Boston, MA – The Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board approved a

EU to decide on Shark Finning Proposal tomorrow

EU to decide on Shark Finning Proposal tomorrow

Strengthening EU shark finning ban Press Release by Maria Damanaki, EU Commission – Maritime affairs and fisheries. 18. November 2011 On the basis of the public consultation the removal of fins of sharks on board vessels ( PDF here ) that run until February, Commissioner Damanaki put on the table a proposal to strengthen the

ICCAT: Silky Shark gains protection

ICCAT: Silky Shark gains protection

ICCAT: Progress, Yes. Success, No. News Release by the PEW Environment Group. Despite work to end bluefin tuna fraud and protect silky sharks, more needed to conserve marine life in Atlantic Ocean     ISTANBUL, Nov. 19, 2011 Governments at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have adopted several important provisions

Florida protects four shark species

Florida protects four shark species

News Release by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC): FWC moves to protect tiger sharks, hammerheads News Release Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) moved Nov. 16 to prohibit the harvest of tiger sharks and three species of hammerheads

Alternative Fishing Gear Can Reduce Shark Mortality

Alternative Fishing Gear Can Reduce Shark Mortality

 Press Release by the Pew Environment Group 15. November 2011 City Washington/Istanbul CONTACT: Joanna Benn, 202.540.6611 Dave Bard, 202.486.4426 Pew lays out simple steps to cut bycatch numbers A new global scientific review  shows that simple changes in fishing gear could significantly reduce the large number of sharks unintentionally caught in the world’s oceans. The

30th Annual NEAFC Meeting in London

30th Annual NEAFC Meeting in London

Press Release by NEAFC, 11. November 2011 NORTHEAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES COMMISSION AGREES TO CONTINUED AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MAJOR FISHERIES AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS UNDER ITS RESPONSIBILITY The 30th Annual Meeting of the North‐East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) was held in London from 7 to 11 November 2011 under the chairmanship of the Acting President, Mr

WCPFC Proposal – Conservation Measures for Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

WCPFC Proposal – Conservation Measures for Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

WCPFC USA PROPOSAL FOR CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT MEASURE FOR OCEANIC WHITETIP SHARK