Shark Trade

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,

WildEarth Guardians submits petition to list the whale shark under ESA

WildEarth Guardians submits petition to list the whale shark under ESA

Press Release WildEarth Guardians December 21, 2012 ——————————   Advocates Seek Endangered Species Act Listing for Ocean’s “Gentle Giants” Whale Sharks Threatened by Fishing, Pollution, Habitat Destruction Contact: Taylor Jones (303) 353-1490 Washington, DC – WildEarth Guardians submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service this week seeking to list the whale shark (Rhincodon

WildEarth Guardians submits petition to list the great hammerhead shark under ESA

WildEarth Guardians submits petition to list the great hammerhead shark under ESA

Press Release WildEarth Guardians December 20, 2012 ————————— Advocates Seek Endangered Species Act Listing for Imperiled Hammerhead Sharks Great Hammerheads Threatened by “Finning,” Pollution, Habitat Destruction Contact: Taylor Jones (303) 353-1490 Washington, DC –WildEarth Guardians submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) this week seeking to list the great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna

Cook Islands Creates Sanctuary for Sharks

Cook Islands Creates Sanctuary for Sharks

The Pew Environment Group applauds the Cook Islands for its decision to ban the possession, sale, and trade of shark products and end commercial shark fishing in more than 1.9 million square kilometers (756,000 square miles) of ocean.

Canada: New Westminster bans sale of shark fins

Canada: New Westminster bans sale of shark fins

H.Nickel, Shark Year Magazine, 12. December 2012 The New Westminster city council gave final adoption to the Shark Fin Regulation Bylaw No. 7564,2012. This bylaw, which was approved by an unanimous vote last Monday (Dec. 10th), prohibits the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins within the city. Any violators will be given a fine

Toronto’s shark fin ban declared invalid by Ontario court

Toronto’s shark fin ban declared invalid by Ontario court

Note: The following provides an update to the previous posts 25. Oct 2011 Toronto bans shark fin products 04. Nov 2011 Complaint filed against Toronto’s shark fin ban ———————————————————— Ontario court overturns Toronto’s shark fin ban By SHANNON KARI, The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Nov. 30 2012, 9:56 PM EST A ban on the

2 La. men admit illegally fishing for shark fins

2 La. men admit illegally fishing for shark fins

2 La. men admit illegally fishing for shark fins  Published 2:05 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to a Louisiana fishing violation after authorities said fins from hundreds of sharks were found aboard their vessel. Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 37-year-old Rick Nguyen of

New Study Reveals Alarming Declines in Pacific Shark Populations

New Study Reveals Alarming Declines in Pacific Shark Populations

Press Release Shark Advocates International 31. October 2012 ———————— NOUMEA, New Caledonia, —  Research published today in the journal Conservation Biology presents the most comprehensive assessment of the status of Pacific shark populations to date.  The paper, authored by Dr. Shelley Clarke and a team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia,

Calgary City one step closer to banning shark fin soup

Calgary City one step closer to banning shark fin soup

Calgary City council has formally passed a by-law to ban shark fin products. The council agreed, voting 11-3 in favour of a ban, but the rule won't be enforced any time soon. The first reading of the by-law passed, but second and third readings of the ban are expected to happen in January until they have gathered more information....

CITES Meeting 2013: Greater International Protection proposed for 10 Shark and Ray Species

CITES Meeting 2013: Greater International Protection proposed for 10 Shark and Ray Species

International Wildlife Treaty tables Proposals for the next Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in Bangkok, March 2013. Five Shark Species and five Ray Species may get Greater International Protection.

NOAA: 90-Day Petition Finding to list Pacific Great White Sharks as Endangered

NOAA: 90-Day Petition Finding to list Pacific Great White Sharks as Endangered

Press Release National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 28. September 2012 —————————- NOAA Finds Federal Protection of Northeastern Pacific Ocean Great White Sharks May Be Warranted NOAA Fisheries published in today’s Federal Register ( Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 189 ) a finding that two petitions contain substantial scientific information indicating that the northeastern

Countries Agree New Plan for Global Shark Conservation

Countries Agree New Plan for Global Shark Conservation

Government representatives from 50 countries have gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the first meeting of signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks concluded under the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Participants adopted a new conservation plan, which aims to catalyze regional initiatives to reduce threats to migratory sharks. Signatory states also agreed to involve...