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WCPFC Shark Bycatch in 2010

WCPFC Shark Bycatch in 2010

SHARK YEAR MAGAZINE, 13 August 2011. Reported shark catches made by tuna/longline fisheries of 18 nations in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Area for the year 2010 . AUSTRALIA Retained catch estimates of sharks by the Australian fleet in the WCPFC Convention Area for 2010: Blacktip shark = 0,1 t. Blue shark 

Whale shark washed up on beach in Taiwan

Whale shark washed up on beach in Taiwan

Date: 23 July 2011. Location: Dawu,Taitung County, Taiwan. Species: Whale shark, female ( Rhincodon typus ). Size: 5.28 metres in total length. The shark was found stranded on a beach and transported to the National Museum of Marine Biology in Pingtung. There is video of the specimen in our Video Section (here) . Source and

Whale Shark Served in Chinese Restaurant

Whale Shark Served in Chinese Restaurant

9 August 2011, Spitsnieuws. A Chinese seafood restaurant had a complete whale shark on the menu. The 5.8 metre long shark was dragged into the kitchen by 50 employees. According to the owner of the Wanzi Port Restaurant in Zhenjiang, the whale shark was found ‘washed up’ on the beach and he bought it for

Great White Shark caught in Adriatic Sea

Great White Shark caught in Adriatic Sea

Date: reported on 05 August 2011. Location: Bar, Montenegro. Species: Great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ). Size: said to be 2,17 metres in length. The shark was accidentally caught in a fishing net about 30 km off shore. Source: vijesti.me . Photo Credit: Anto Baković.      

Whale shark caught in Vietnam

Whale shark caught in Vietnam

Date: 03 August 2011. Location: Cà Mau Province, Vietnam. Species: Whale shark ( Rhincodon typus ). Size: reported to be 5.5 metres in length. The shark was accidentally caught in a fishing net. Source and Photo Credit: Tuoi Tre News.  

Thresher Shark filmed feeding off Devon England

Thresher Shark filmed feeding off Devon England

03 August 2011. The BBC is reporting that a fisherman spotted a Thresher shark off Devon in southwestern England. Jim Millar(46), from Brixham, had fished without success for more than three hours, off Dartmouth in the English Channel, when he spotted a fin emerge from the water. According to Mr. Millar, the shark was about

Sixgill Shark caught in Martinique

Sixgill Shark caught in Martinique

Date: 02 August, 2011. Location: Fond Lahaye, Schoelcher, Martinique. Species: Bluntnose sixgill shark ( Hexanchus griseus ). Size: reported to be ca. 5 metres in length ( over 600 kg ). Source : France-Antilles .  Photo Hdb.  

Great White Shark caught on drum line in South Africa

Great White Shark caught on drum line in South Africa

22 July 2011, by Dave Savides, Zululand Observer. A Great White shark weighing 345kg was hooked on a Sharks Board drum line off Alkantstrand on Saturday. Crew of the skiboat ‘Lady Cat’ noticed the floating buoy with its catch drifting in the water on the eastern side of Naval Island and towed it to the

Whale shark debuts at Japan aquarium as another goes free

Whale shark debuts at Japan aquarium as another goes free

 24 July 2011, Shark Year Magazine. The information site Asahi Shimbun is reporting that a new whale shark made its debut at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan on July 23. The female whale shark, named Yu-chan, was transported from Kochi Prefecture the day before. According to the aquarium operator ‘Osaka Waterfront Development Co.’, it’s the first

Shark Fishing Vessel captured in Galapagos

Shark Fishing Vessel captured in Galapagos

22 July 2011, Shark Year Magazine. The Galapagos National Park’s website is reporting that at least 357 sharks were found in the hold of the fishing vessel ‘ FER MARY I ‘, which was operating illegally in the Marine Reserve of the Galapagos Islands. On 18th July, the boat was intercepted southeast of Genovesa Island,

Great White Shark caught in Japan

Great White Shark caught in Japan

Date:  November 2010. Location: Tosashimizu, Kochi Prefecture, Japan. Species: Great white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ). Size: over 4 metres in length. Source and Photo Credit: kaiyukan.com        

Great White Shark breaches into Research Boat in South Africa

Great White Shark breaches into Research Boat in South Africa

18 July 2011. Press Release published by ‘ Nosy Basset – Sunshine Coast Online ‘ Oceans Research Team gets a little too close for comfort Mossel Bay, 18 July, 2011: The Oceans Research team, a marine research organisation working in Mossel Bay, got the surprise of a lifetime today when a 3 meter great white

Cage-diving entities exposed to financial ruin

Cage-diving entities exposed to financial ruin

18 July 2011. Anna Majavu, Times Live. Directors of black-owned Great White Shark cage-diving companies say they’re losing their life savings they invested in their businesses because the government hasn’t given them the permits it promised. Cage diving – in which divers are lowered into the water inside protective cages to observe the predators in

European Union – Food Alert: Shark Products

European Union – Food Alert: Shark Products

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Basking Shark caught in Norway

Basking Shark caught in Norway

Date: 09 July 2011. Location: Brenngam, Finnmark, Norway. Species: Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus). Size: reported to be 10 metres in length. The shark was accidentally caught in a salmon net. Source: finnmarken.no Photo Credit: Arild Olsen.