Category Archives: Protection & Policy

Tasmanian authorities concerned over rise of shark poachers

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HOBART (TASMANIA)- Authorities of the Australian island state Tasmania are alarmed at reports and evidence of illegal activity in the state’s shark refuge areas. More and more  fishers are posting photos of their catch while bragging on social media. In the past two years marine police have issued 27 shark-related fines for various offences committed, including taking sharks in a refuge […]

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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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‘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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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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Shark fin imports Macau rise 62 percent in 2016

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MACAU (CHINA)- Shark fin re-exports from Hong Kong to Macau rose a staggering 62 per cent in 2016. This is the first time re-exports to Macau exceeded those to mainland China. Where the re-export was 88,029 kilos in 2015 last year these were 143,396 kilos, says World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).  According to the WWF,  Macau appears to be bucking the trend of […]

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Conservationists Call for Mako Shark Fishing Ban

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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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