Category Archives: Protection & Policy

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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Improved protection for hammerhead sharks in Queensland

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BRISBANE (AUSTRALIA)- The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory has announced steps for better protection of Scalopped and Great Hammerhead Sharks.  Fishery management controls around hammerhead sharks have been strengthened to help prevent them being listed as an endangered species. According to the government of the Australian State listing them as endangered would lead to more discards of the sharks as by-catch. […]

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Australia tests shark-friendly drumlines

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COFFS HARBOR (AUSTRALIA)- The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is starting with the trial of shark management alerts and real time shark drumlines off the Coffs Coast. At the weekend the Department will host information sessions on the shark detection equipment. Supposedly these smart drumlines will help release sharks that get entangled in them. The drumlines are positioned about 500m offshore in […]

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Shortfin mako shark threatened by overfishing

Shortfin mako. Photo: jidanchaomian Flickr Creative Commons

FORT LAUDERDALE (USA)- The ocean’s fastest shark is being threatened by overfishing. A new study using satellite tracking by researchers from Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), the University of Rhode Island and other colleagues shows that the fishing mortality rate of the shortfin mako in the western North Atlantic is considerably higher than previously estimated from catches reported by […]

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Urgent Protection Proposed for four species of sharks

Juvenile dusky shark Photo: Flickr Creative Commons:Clifton Beard

Dusky sharks, whale sharks, blue sharks and angel sharks amongst the Threatened Animals Proposed for Urgent Protection under Global Conservation Treaty. Once abundant, these species are now threatened by unprecedented destruction of their habitat, poaching, climate change and pollution. Proposals to afford greater protection to 35 species will be made at what is expected to be the largest wildlife conference […]

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