Shark Trade

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China ignores CITES Appendix III listing of two shark species

China ignores CITES Appendix III listing of two shark species

According to a CITES Notification to the Parties ( released on 09. April 2013 ), the CITES Secretariat has been informed that, on 26 February 2013, China entered reservations concerning the listing of the porbeagle shark Lamna nasus and the scalloped hammerhead shark Sphyrna lewini in Appendix III of the Convention.

Great Hammerhead Sharks Will Be Considered for Endangered Species Act Protection

Great Hammerhead Sharks Will Be Considered for Endangered Species Act Protection

Press Release WildEarth Guardians 25. April 2013 ———————————— Great Hammerheads Threatened by Commercial Exploitation, “Finning” Washington, DC –National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will consider listing the great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency has made a positive preliminary finding on a petition by WildEarth Guardians

New York Senate Passes Bill Banning Shark Fin Sales

New York Senate Passes Bill Banning Shark Fin Sales

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, applauded the New York State Senate yesterday for passing a bill that will ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins throughout the state.

House narrowly kills bill to ban shark-fin imports to Canada

House narrowly kills bill to ban shark-fin imports to Canada

KRISTY KIRKUP / QMI AGENCY , March 27th, 2013 OTTAWA – NDP MP Fin Donnelly said he is disappointed his private member’s bill to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada was killed at second reading Wednesday. “I hope the government will take immediate action to restrict the importation of shark fins to Canada,”

UPDATED – CITES Accepts Proposals to Regulate Trade of Seven Shark and Manta Species

UPDATED – CITES Accepts Proposals to Regulate Trade of Seven Shark and Manta Species

Today, CITES members have voted on four proposals to list five species of sharks ( Oceanic whitetip shark, three hammerhead species, and porbeagle shark ) and two species of Manta rays under Appendix II of the Convention. All proposals have been accepted by meeting the required two-third majority of the votes cast.

Washington state Senate votes to close loophole on shark fins

Washington state Senate votes to close loophole on shark fins

By The Associated Press, March 05, 2013 Two years ago, Washington state lawmakers banned the sale of shark fins but grandfathered in fins bought before July 2011. The Washington state Senate voted to close that loophole with a 45-4 vote Tuesday. The measure now heads to the House. Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island

CITES Members Decide Against Transparency of Voting

CITES Members Decide Against Transparency of Voting

CITES 'Committee I' has begun its discussion on Shark- / Ray- Proposals.The first important decision has been made : Due to opposition mainly by China, the proposals to improve transparency of voting and the use of secret ballots were REJECTED.

CITES CoP Host Country Disagrees with Shark Proposals

CITES CoP Host Country Disagrees with Shark Proposals

Govt draws the line on shark, manta ray listing Published by the Bangkok Post, 06. March 2013 Wimol says protection will hurt Thai fishing The Department of Fisheries is unhappy with a proposal by the United States and South American nations to put sharks and manta rays on Cites’s protection list to control international trade

CCAD recommends including hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of CITES

CCAD recommends including hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of CITES

Press Release PRETOMA January 29, 2013 ————————— By Miguel, San José, Costa Rica Last Friday January 25, the Council of Ministers of the Central American Commission of Environment and Development (CCAD), which belongs to the Environment Department of the Central American Integration System (SICA), agreed to support the initiative to include hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini)

Introductory remarks by Minister Counsellor Silberberg on Shark Conservation

Introductory remarks by Minister Counsellor Silberberg on Shark Conservation

The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations New York January 23, 2013 (Event: Introductory remarks by Minister Counsellor Silberberg on Shark Conservation at an event at the German House) “Excellencies, Dear Ambassador Flores, Dear Mr. Ashe, Dear colleagues and guests, It is a great pleasure and honor for me to welcome you to

United States to support Shark Proposals at CITES CoP16

United States to support Shark Proposals at CITES CoP16

U.S. to Support Trade Restrictions on Five Shark Species and All Manta Rays at International Wildlife Trade Meeting Information on Marine Species Proposals: Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead, Great Hammerhead, Smooth Hammerhead, Porbeagle Shark and Manta Rays

UN Advisory Panel Recommendations on Shark Proposals at CITES CoP16

UN Advisory Panel Recommendations on Shark Proposals at CITES CoP16

Last year, we already reported about the submitted six proposals to list ten species of elasmobranch fish ( five shark- and five ray-species ) in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). See Here

CDFW: Evaluation of Petition to List White Shark as Endangered Species

CDFW: Evaluation of Petition to List White Shark as Endangered Species

News Release California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) January 8, 2013 Evaluation of Petition to List White Shark as Listed Species Available The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released a staff evaluation of a petition to list the Northeast Pacific population of white sharks as a threatened or endangered species under the

California Court’s Decision on Shark Fin Ban

California Court’s Decision on Shark Fin Ban

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ———————————————— CHINATOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, et al., Plaintiffs, v. EDMUND BROWN, et al., Defendants. _______________________________/ No. C 12-3759 PJH ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction came on for hearing before this court on October 10, 2012. Plaintiffs appeared by their counsel Joseph

US judge denies bid to delay California ban on shark fin soup

US judge denies bid to delay California ban on shark fin soup

Note by SYM : The following article provides an update to the previous post from 19. July 2012 Chinese-Americans Challenge Shark Fin Ban in California ——————————————– Steven Harmon, Contra Costa Times 2nd January 2013 SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Wednesday denied an attempt to delay implementation of California’s law banning shark fin soup,

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