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Measures to protect oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Measures to protect oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Oceanic whitetip sharks are to get the same status as the great white shark, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson announced today. International research show the species is facing high risk of extinction. From early 2013 they will become fully protected under the Wildlife Act 1953, giving them the same protected status as great white shark and basking shark in New...

Shark Advocates International: Concern Over Certification of Dogfish Fishery as Sustainable

Shark Advocates International: Concern Over Certification of Dogfish Fishery as Sustainable

Shark Advocates International ( SAI ) Statement of Concern Re: Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Northeast U.S. fisheries for spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) Background In August 2012, the MSC certified as “sustainable” U.S. federal and state (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina) longline, gillnet, and trawl fisheries taking

First U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Obtains MSC Certification

First U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Fishery Obtains MSC Certification

The United States east coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), assessed as six separate units of certification, has been awarded MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery following an independent, third-party assessment by the certification body, Intertek Moody Marine

Shark and Ray Conservation Status Revealed in New Expert Report

Shark and Ray Conservation Status Revealed in New Expert Report

At the close of the annual meeting of leading American shark and ray scientists, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) is releasing the first compilation of conservation status assessments for nearly 300 sharks, rays, and chimaeras (collectively known as chondrichthyan fishes) found in North American, Central American, and Caribbean waters conducted using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...

New DNA Study Reveals Fins of Endangered Shark in U.S. Soups

New DNA Study Reveals Fins of Endangered Shark in U.S. Soups

Americans who eat shark fin soup—an Asian delicacy costing up to $100 per bowl in the United States—might be unknowingly consuming an endangered species. According to an unprecedented scientific analysis by Stony Brook University, the Field Museum in Chicago and with support from the Pew Environment Group, the shark fin soup served in 14 U.S. cities contains at-risk species,...

Sri Lanka Protects Thresher Sharks

Sri Lanka Protects Thresher Sharks

Major fishing nation bans thresher landing and sale based on Indian Ocean Tuna agreement 03. August 2012 Shark Advocates International is congratulating the government of Sri Lanka for adopting rules to protect three species of thresher sharks — wide ranging species characterized by their exceptionally long tails – in line with a 2010 agreement by

New petition against shark fin imports in Costa Rica

New petition against shark fin imports in Costa Rica

Press Release PRETOMA New petition delivered to President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica against shark fin imports 27. July 2012 A petition signed by 1937 citizens was delivered today to President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, calling for her to take measures and immediately ban the importation of shark fins.  This new petition adds up

Proposal to protect the oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Proposal to protect the oceanic whitetip shark in New Zealand

Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Manatū Ahu Matua 18. July 2012 MPI Discussion Paper No: 2012/11   Purpose The Ministry for Primary Industries (the Ministry) seeks feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to prohibit the taking of oceanic whitetip sharks in New Zealand fisheries waters and by New Zealand flagged vessels operating on the

Chinese-Americans Challenge Shark Fin Ban in California

Chinese-Americans Challenge Shark Fin Ban in California

California's ban on possession and sale of shark fins is discriminatory and unconstitutional, the Chinatown Neighborhood Association claims in Federal Court. Joining the nonprofit Chinatown Neighborhood Association as plaintiff is Asian Americans for Political Advancement, a political action committee. They sued California's governor, attorney general and the director of the state Department of Fish and Game.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Removes Shark Fin from Menus

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Removes Shark Fin from Menus

Press Release Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Wed, Jul 18, 2012 Move supports the luxury hotel brand’s Sustainable Seafood policy TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire -07/18/12)- Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today announced that it has formally removed shark fin from all of its hotel menus in Asia, effective immediately. The move, which also spans the luxury hotel brand’s global

US Atlantic Dogfish Fishery Close to MSC Certification

US Atlantic Dogfish Fishery Close to MSC Certification

The United States Atlantic Fishery for Spiny Dogfis.h Marine Stewardship Council Certification. Certification Body: Moody Marine Ltd. Announcement of Determination and Release of the Final Report for Stakeholder Consultation.

Calgary city council to draft shark fin ban bylaw

Calgary city council to draft shark fin ban bylaw

July 16, 2012   Calgary city council has voted 13-2 to draw up a bylaw to ban the distribution and sale of shark fins. The City of Calgary City Clerk’s Office NOTICE OF MOTION NM 2012-32 2012 07 16 RE: Shark Finning Alderman Pincott WHEREAS, The City of Calgary is a recognized leader in environmental

New FAO Report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

New FAO Report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

FAO Media Centre Fisheries and aquaculture – enabling a vital sector to contribute more FAO releases new State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report 9 July 2012, Rome – Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture play a crucial role in food and nutrition security and in providing for the livelihoods of millions of people. FAO’s latest flagship

Oceana: Threatened sharks and rays granted critical protection in the Mediterranean

Oceana: Threatened sharks and rays granted critical protection in the Mediterranean

Press Release Oceana July 11, 2012 Ten species – including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention Oceana is extremely pleased that the EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention.

Shark Motion presented to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012

Shark Motion presented to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012

Motion M037 presented to the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. M037 Conservation measures for threatened and Near Threatened sharks. ACKNOWLEDGING the increasing concern by the international community that many shark species are threatened and are continuing to decline because of unregulated fishing and bycatch;