Sharks can help prevent climate change

Basking shark off the coast of England, Porthcurno. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Candiche.

BOURNEMOUTH (UK)- They help balance the ecosystems in the ocean, and can possibly help with a cure for cancer. Now they sharks also turn out to play an important role in preventing climate change, so say scientists of the British Bournemouth University. ‘Overfishing and shark finning may result on more greenhouse gasses and increased climate change.’  Researchers from the Department of […]

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Protection for Caribbean sharks

Oceanic whitetip. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Michael Aston.

MIAMI (USA)- An important first step was taken towards the regional protection of sharks throughout the Caribbean. At the request of the Netherlands, regional governments last week recommended eight species of sharks and rays for protection under the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol.  Delegates from 14 Caribbean countries including Caribbean Netherlands (Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire), Aruba, Curaçao […]

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Threshers and Silky sharks get extra protection through CITES

Silky shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Syn.

Good news for thresher sharks (Alopias spp), silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis), and mobula rays (Mobula spp)! The Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted in favor of listing them in Appendix II. Species listed in Appendix II are to be closely monitored to ensure that trade does not cause the species to become threatened […]

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Rare footage of a six-gill shark in its environment

Six-gill shark. Photo: Seattle Aquarium.

There are so many shark videos circling the internet, but this shark is not often among them: the six-gill shark. This primitive shark was around in the time of the dinosaurs and is the world’s third-largest predatory shark. A team working with OceanGate, an organization that provides subsea research and exploration, filmed the shark alongside a posse of dogfish earlier this month. […]

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Dutch Caribbean Shark Week kicks off

341940Tiger shark with lemon sharks. FlickrCC:Kevin Bryant

Tomorrow, the Dutch Caribbean Shark Week kicks off. From June 18th to 26th throughout the Dutch Kingdom numerous events and activities will be hosted highlighting the importance of better protection of sharks. From The Netherlands to the Caribbean islands Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.  In the Netherlands, as well as on the islands , Jörgen Raymann is an ambassador for […]

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