Port Jackson sharks really are long-distance travellers

Port Jackson shark. Photo: Klaus Stiefel:Flickr Creative Commons

JERVIS BAY (Australia)- Port Jackson sharks, those small and friendly looking sharks that often just hang out on the bottom or easily cruise along the reefs. Who would have expected that these guys can travel thousands of kilometers just to mate? Shark researcher Johann Mourier writes about the research in Jervis Bay, New South Wales (Australia) that he worked on. The BEEF lab […]

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Where do whale sharks spend the Australian summer?

Baby whale shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Drew and Marissa.

BRISBANE (AUSTRALIA)- Swimming with whale sharks winter and autumn is one of the tourist attractions of the Ningaloo reef in Western Australia. But where do the world’s largest fish spend their summers?  In a world-first, researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) and the non-profit ECOCEAN have tracked and recorded a full return migration of whale sharks to and from Ningaloo Reef […]

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Gibraltar offers more protection for sharks and rays


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


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


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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