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CITES Proposals submitted to protect four pelagic shark species and devil rays

CITES Proposals submitted to protect four pelagic shark species and devil rays

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 07. February 2016 On 05. February, CITES has informed its members on the latest received proposals to amend the Appendices for several marine species. All these proposals are related to elasmobranch species (sharks and rays) and will be considered at the seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the...

Seven Fishing Associations File an Amici Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Shark Fin Lawsuit

Seven Fishing Associations File an Amici Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Shark Fin Lawsuit

News Release Saving Seafood 28. January 2016 ———————- WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) — January 28, 2016 — Seven fishing associations have filed an amici brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari in Chinatown Neighborhood Association, et al. v. Kamala D. Harris, which seeks to overturn California’s shark fin possession ban.  The Sustainable Fisheries...

CITES shark listings capacity building efforts recognised by UN General Assembly

CITES shark listings capacity building efforts recognised by UN General Assembly

Press Release Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 15. December 2015 —————— CITES shark listings capacity building efforts recognised by UN General Assembly in annual resolution on Sustainable Fisheries Geneva, 15 December 2015 – The resolution on Sustainable Fisheries1 (A/70/L.19) adopted unanimously on 8 December by the...

Suspected Hammerhead Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs

Suspected Hammerhead Shark Fins Seized By Hong Kong Customs

Press Release Hong Kong SAR Government News 14. December 2015 ————– Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dried shark fins of Sphyrnidae at airport Hong Kong Customs seized about 16 kilograms of suspected dried shark fins of Sphyrnidae, an endangered species, and arrested a man at Hong Kong International Airport today (December 14). Customs officers...

DEC: First Successful Shark Fin Case Results in Guilty Felony Plea

DEC: First Successful Shark Fin Case Results in Guilty Felony Plea

Press Release New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 10. August 2015 ——————- First Case to Conclude Under NY’s New Shark Fin Ban The Brooklyn-based Long Quan Seafood Corp. pleaded guilty to felony commercialization of wildlife on June 22 in Brooklyn Criminal Court and paid a $10,000 fine for trafficking in shark fins,...

New Zealand Signs CMS Sharks MOU

New Zealand Signs CMS Sharks MOU

Press Release Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) 13. July 2015 —————— Support for International Conservation of Sharks and Rays in Oceania is Growing as New Zealand Joins the CMS Sharks MOU Bonn, 13 July 2015 – New Zealand signed the UNEP/CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of...

EU agrees to modify max level of non-dioxin-like PCBs in spiny dogfish

EU agrees to modify max level of non-dioxin-like PCBs in spiny dogfish

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 14. May 2015 European Commission adopts new PCB limits for spiny dogfish As noted in our article published last February, the European Union revealed its intention to significantly raise the allowable level of non-dioxin-like PCBs in products of wild caught spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias. The related post can...

New shark fin identification tool released

New shark fin identification tool released

News Release Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 29. January 2015 ————————– Geneva, 29 January 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), welcomes the new software package for the identification of shark fins released today...

EU plans to ease regulations for dogfish imports

EU plans to ease regulations for dogfish imports

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 02. February 2015 The European Union is a major market for spiny dogfish that is used for human consumption. These dogfish products mainly originate from sustainable fisheries in North America. But on many occasions, EU member states have repeatedly rejected these imports due to exceptionally high levels of...

Australia approves trade operation for incidental harvesting of CITES species – Smooth hammerhead shark

Australia approves trade operation for incidental harvesting of CITES species – Smooth hammerhead shark

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION I, PAUL MURPHY, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), advice...

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