Stronger restrictions on overfishing mako sharks defeated at ICCAT

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MARRAKECH (Morocco)- Bad news for the shortfin mako shark. Fishing nations gathered for the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have failed to adopt recommended limits to protect shortfin mako sharks from overfishing or strengthen the regional ban on shark finning. The only new shark agreement resulting from the eight day meeting takes […]

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Rare frilled shark caught in Portugal

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ALBUFEIRA (PORTUGAL)- ‘Living fossils’, ‘sea serpents’. Frilled Sharks are the stuff of legends. Not often do we come across them. One species was caught this week by a research trawler off the coast of the Algarve, southern Portugal, the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) said in a statement.  The 1,5 meter larger shark, was a male and […]

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‘UN Wildlife treaty for sharks is a good first step’

A Dusky Whaler Shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). Shelly Beach, Manly, NSW

MANILA (PHILIPPINES)- A coalition of leading shark conservation organizations welcomed the decision by Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to list more sharks and rays on their Appendices, but took the opportunity to stress that follow-up actions to reduce fishing are still lacking for those shark and ray species already listed under […]

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Sharks on top of the menu for alligators

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MANHATTAN (USA)- Who’s got the biggest teeth? Sharks or alligators? Who’s the baddest? Kansas State University researchers found out that four species of sharks and stingrays are prominent on the menu of the big reptiles. While the sharks may not actually be as big as the great white or tiger shark, James Nifong, postdoctoral researcher with the Kansas Cooperative Fish […]

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Samoa and Sri Lanka step up to protect blue sharks

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MANILA (PHILIPPINES)- Approximately 20 million Blue Sharks are killed each year. That’s why Samoa and Sri Lanka jointly propose to place this vulnerable species on a special global list asking other countries to conserve them and protect their habitat.  The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is holding its 12th Conference of the Parties this week in […]

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