Fishery Management

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US Porbeagle Shark Fishery to be Closed

US Porbeagle Shark Fishery to be Closed

NMFS Announces a Closure of the Commercial Porbeagle Shark Fishery   The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) projects that the landings for the commercial porbeagle shark fishery have exceeded 80 percent of the available quota. As required by NMFS regulations, 50 CFR 6.35 .28(b )(2), NMFS is closing the commercial porbeagle shark fishery as of

US Spiny Dogfish Fishery to be Closed

US Spiny Dogfish Fishery to be Closed

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested. A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/22/2011 ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of spiny dogfish fishery. SUMMARY NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the first semi-annual

European Union Proposal for Porbeagle Shark Protection

European Union Proposal for Porbeagle Shark Protection

EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 17.8.2011 COM(2011) 496 final 2011/0222 (NLE) Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Council Regulations (EU) No 57/2011 and (EC) 754/2009 as regards the protection of the species “porbeagle”, certain TACs and certain fishing effort limits set for the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland. 3. LEGAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROPOSAL The proposed amendments

BC Spiny Dogfish Fishery should be certified as sustainable

BC Spiny Dogfish Fishery should be certified as sustainable

Ian Scott, Moody Marine, Ltd. 21 July 2011.   British Columbia Hook & Line Spiny Dogfish Fishery Marine Stewardship Council Certification Certification Body: Moody Marine Ltd Announcement of Determination and Release of the Final Report for Stakeholder Consultation Following a 30 day period of comment on the Draft Report, the independent Governing Board of the certification

The HSUS Files Lawsuits to Protect Porbeagle Sharks

The HSUS Files Lawsuits to Protect Porbeagle Sharks

Press Release by the HSUS,  04 August 2011. During “Shark Week,” The Humane Society of the United States Files Lawsuits to Protect Imperiled Porbeagle Sharks   The Humane Society of the United States filed litigation in federal court seeking to increase protection for the porbeagle shark, a species that has lost 80 percent of its

Shark Finning Continues in Costa Rica

Shark Finning Continues in Costa Rica

By: Randall Arauz, President PRETOMA Periódico La Nación, Costa Rica. August 1, 2011. Op-Ed Section. “Shark finning is prohibited in Costa Rica and there is no reason to be concerned about it”, said INCOPESCA’s President, Jorge Dobles, during a hearing with the Legislative Assembly’s Environmental Commission on Thursday, July 21st. This comment lead to liberation

Huge Micronesia shark sanctuary may become reality

Huge Micronesia shark sanctuary may become reality

Press Release by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Applauds Pacific Island Leaders’ Call for Regional Shark Sanctuary Debbie Salamone, Pew Environment Group. Washington, DC – 08/01/2011 – An area covering over two million square miles of the western Pacific Ocean,  two-thirds of the land area of the United States, is slated to become the world’s

Shark Fisheries in Argentina and Uruguay

Shark Fisheries in Argentina and Uruguay

Argentina/Uruguay agree TACs for sharks and rays in common fishing zone By ‘ Blue Channel 24 ‘, 26 July 2011. Argentina and Uruguay have agreed on total allowable catches (TAC) of 4,000 tons and 9,000 tons for smooth-hound shark (Mustelus spp.) and ray (Rajidae) in the Common Fishing Zone (CFZ), which is shared by the

Vessel seen landing shark fins in Nicaragua Fins then imported into Costa Rica

Vessel seen landing shark fins in Nicaragua Fins then imported into Costa Rica

Press Release by PRETOMA. July 20, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica. According to reports published in the Nicaraguan press (La Prensa, Monday July 18, page 4a), an unidentified foreign vessel landed between 4 and 8 tons of shark fins in Puerto Sandino, which were then exported to Costa Rica.  The denouncement was made by

Shark Species Gains First Regional Protection in Eastern Pacific Ocean

Shark Species Gains First Regional Protection in Eastern Pacific Ocean

This is an update on the previous (30 June) article : ‘Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries’ 11 July 2011 Joanna Benn, PEW Environment Group. The Pew Environment Group applauds a decision reached on the final day of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting to protect oceanic whitetips, the first shark species accorded

Louisiana: Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks Closed

Louisiana: Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks Closed

State of Louisiana, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Press Release 14 July 2011. Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close in Louisiana waters on July 17, 2011, at 11:30 p.m. This closure was made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham under the authority given by

Largetooth Sawfish Declared an Endangered Species

Largetooth Sawfish Declared an Endangered Species

Press Release by Shark Advocates International. WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 U.S. government will grant strong protection for rare shark-like ray. Shark Advocates International is applauding the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) decision to list largetooth sawfish (Pristisperotteti) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Largetooth sawfish occur in coastal waters and rivers in Mexico, Central

Grey nurse shark conservation review underway in New South Wales Australia

Grey nurse shark conservation review underway in New South Wales Australia

ABC NEWS July 12, 2011 A review of grey nurse shark protection moves to Coffs Harbour today, Tuesday July 12, 2011. The O’Farrell government has revoked fishing bans off South West Rocks and rolled-back management zones in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The department of Primary Industries’ Sarah Fairfull says more review sessions are at

Thousands cry out to ban shark fin imports to Costa Rica.

Thousands cry out to ban shark fin imports to Costa Rica.

PRETOMA Press Release July 12, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica A letter signed by 4039 Costa Rican citizens, was delivered today to the country’s President Laura Chinchilla, urging her to sign an Executive Decree banning shark fin imports.  The letter was also signed by 324 citizens of 39 countries, from Taiwan to the United

Taiwan fishermen to be asked to bring in sharks intact

Taiwan fishermen to be asked to bring in sharks intact

10 July 2011 By Jamie Wang, Focus Taiwan News Channel. Taiwan will next year become the first Asian country to ban fishermen from bringing in dismembered sharks, as part of efforts to prevent finning, a local report said Sunday. Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency (FA) under the Council of Agriculture expects to implement a new regulation to

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