Shark populations Atlantic Ocean on the rebound

Sandtiger shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Malkusch Markus.

JACKSONVILLE (USA)- The shark populations of the Atlantic waters of the US coast are rebounding, so say scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In the early 1990s, shark populations had declined to dangerously low levels due to overfishing and lack of a management plan. To respond, the NOAA implemented a fishery management plan for sharks and started […]

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Sea Shepherd discovers large shipments of shark fins in Hong Kong

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Large shipments of shark fins are still arriving in Hong Kong on airlines and shipping lines that have made ‘No Shark Fin’ carriage ban commitments. The fins are labelled as ‘seafood’  or ‘fish’. This is the conclusion of a three-month investigation by Sea Shepherd Global, as part of their global shark defense campaign Operation Apex Harmony. Large shipments of fins Sea Shepherd saw […]

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New Caribbean shark discovered

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The Belize Fisheries Department and researchers from Florida International University (FIU) confirmed the presence of a new shark species belonging to the bonnetheads type in waters off the coast of Belize last week. Yet to be named, this species, which requires healthy habitats for nursery areas such as mangroves, serves as an indicator of the state of health of Belize […]

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VIDEO: Unexpected meeting with a great white

Great white of Dunsbourogh beach. Photo: Twitter.

ESPERANCE (AUSTRALIA)- Swimming with a great white without a cage. It’s possible although quite nerve-wrecking. So Australian filmmaker Ash Gibb experienced. He felt a thump from behind and suddenly there was a great white in his picture. The shark is clearly curious and checks out the Kalgoorlie-based filmmaker who was armed with nothing more than his snorkel gear and his camera. […]

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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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