Conservationists Call for Mako Shark Fishing Ban

21. shortfin mako. photo_ Mark Conlin, SWFSC Large Pelagics Program_wikimedia commons

Conservation groups are calling for national and international protections for shortfin mako sharks based on a new scientific assessment that finds the North Atlantic population has been depleted and is continuing to be seriously overfished. The shortfin mako – the world’s fastest shark — is sought for meat, fins, and sport, but most fishing countries impose no limits on catch.  […]

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How do Scalloped hammerheads do it?

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini)

COCOS ISLANDS (Costa Rica)- The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark mates in parts of the ocean where there is a high current. The sharks possibly ‘do it’ there in favor of respiration while they’re at it. This is one of the conclusions that researchers of the Charles Darwin Research Center of Ecuador found while doing research in the Isla del Coco […]

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New glow-in-the-dark shark species discovered

Stephen M. Kajiura, Ph.D., study co-author, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Elasmobranch Research Laboratory in FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science shows the newly discovered shark.

Like finding a needle in a haystack. This summer a team of scientists discovered a new species of shark measuring less than a foot long and weighing under 2 pounds full-grown. This miniature, “glow-in-the-dark” shark is a member of the Lanternshark family (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae), which was serendipitously found 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Northwestern […]

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Port Jackson sharks really are long-distance travellers

Port Jackson shark. Photo: Klaus Stiefel:Flickr Creative Commons

JERVIS BAY (Australia)- Port Jackson sharks, those small and friendly looking sharks that often just hang out on the bottom or easily cruise along the reefs. Who would have expected that these guys can travel thousands of kilometers just to mate? Shark researcher Johann Mourier writes about the research in Jervis Bay, New South Wales (Australia) that he worked on. The BEEF lab […]

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Where do whale sharks spend the Australian summer?

Baby whale shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Drew and Marissa.

BRISBANE (AUSTRALIA)- Swimming with whale sharks winter and autumn is one of the tourist attractions of the Ningaloo reef in Western Australia. But where do the world’s largest fish spend their summers?  In a world-first, researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) and the non-profit ECOCEAN have tracked and recorded a full return migration of whale sharks to and from Ningaloo Reef […]

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Gibraltar offers more protection for sharks and rays

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GIBRALTAR (UK)- Since this summer, the British territory Gibraltar on the Spanish Mediterranean coast is one of the first countries in the World to offer near complete protection to all species of Sharks, Rays and Skates found within their Territorial Waters. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change, Dr. John Cortes, has published a significant amendment to the Nature Protection Act […]

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