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

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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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Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism

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LONDON (UK)- The Manta Trust, Project AWARE®, and WWF have released the Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice, the world’s first-ever guidelines for shark and ray tourism operators. The Guide aims to provide practical, science-based guidance to help tourism operators, NGOs and local communities develop and maintain well managed tourism operations that help conserve shark and ray […]

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Urgent Protection Proposed for four species of sharks

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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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10th Annual Whale Shark Festival in Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES (MEXICO)- The Isla Mujeres Department of Tourism and international Festival sponsor Ceviche Tours have announced the dates of this year’s Whale Shark Festival, which takes place for the 10th time on the small Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The Festival will be held July 20-23, 2017 in Isla Mujeres, a short trip from Cancun International Airport. Isla Mujeres […]

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