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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

Shark Fishing in Ecuador

Shark Fishing in Ecuador

08 July 2011, GALAPAGOS BLOG. In 2007 President Rafael Correa overturned the law prohibiting the sale of shark fins and shark meat making it legal for fishermen who “accidently” catch sharks while conducting other fishing activity.  As a result thousands of sharks are killed each year and sold to Hong Kong or other parts of Asia

Oceana Applauds Chile for Banning Shark Finning

Oceana Applauds Chile for Banning Shark Finning

Press Release Dustin Cranor ( OCEANA Senior Manager, Campaign Communications ). 06 July 2011 Today, the Chilean National Congress passed legislation that completely bans shark finning. The bill, promoted by Oceana, requires every shark that fishermen catch to be landed with their fins naturally attached. The President of Chile is expected to sign the legislation

Bahamas acts to protect sharks

Bahamas acts to protect sharks

Bahama Islands Info, submitted by Lia Head / BNT. Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:52 NASSAU, Bahamas — Sharks in The Bahamas can breathe more easily after the nation’s government announced Tuesday that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles) of the country’s waters is now prohibited. “2011 is fast

Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries

Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Caught In Tuna Fisheries

Press Pelease by the Pew Environment Group. 30 June 2011. Sharks Caught in the Jaws of Tuna Fisheries Pew points to plunging whitetip numbers. Governments will soon have a chance to help conserve populations of oceanic whitetip sharks, which have declined so much in the eastern Pacific that catch numbers have been reduced to almost

Florida FWC surveys on shark fishing changes

Florida FWC surveys on shark fishing changes

27. June 2011, The Islander. By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s public forum in Sarasota June 23 drew a number of anglers and fishing guides, many of whom disagreed with an FWC proposal to add great hammerheads and tiger sharks to the banned fishing list. FWC division of fisheries

Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Permanent Shark Sanctuary

Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Permanent Shark Sanctuary

ROATAN, Honduras, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa announced a permanent shark sanctuary in Honduran waters today, building on the country’s 2010 shark-fishing moratorium. The designation encompasses all 240,000 square kilometers (92,665 square miles) of the country’s exclusive economic zone on its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. “We have seen that protecting sharks

Plans to Safeguard Scottish Sharks, Skates and Rays

Plans to Safeguard Scottish Sharks, Skates and Rays

23. June 2011, The Scottish Government. More protection for vulnerable species New rules are being drafted to increase protection of vulnerable species of shark, skate and ray in Scotland.Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the Scottish Government intended to introduce a protection order for the species, collectively known as elasmobranchs. Subject to parliamentary approval, this will

Conservation Authority Guy Harvey Reiterates Shark Free Marina Policies

Conservation Authority Guy Harvey Reiterates Shark Free Marina Policies

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) June 16, 2011 Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, underscores need for clear policy prohibiting the landing of sharks at a Shark Free Marina. Conservation and marine science authority Dr. Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost LTD., announced today that a photographic image of a Mako shark, taken

NOAA Fisheries encourages fishermen to release shortfin mako sharks alive

NOAA Fisheries encourages fishermen to release shortfin mako sharks alive

Online map will show locations of live releases Press Release by the NOAA, May 25, 2011. NOAA’s Fisheries Service today launched a voluntary program to encourage commercial and recreational fishermen to safely release Atlantic shortfin mako sharks alive and report the releases to NOAA for posting on an online map. The new program is designed

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