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USA Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Despite Trump’s Reported Fears 

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WASHINGTON (USA)— The US National Marine Fisheries Service this week protected the oceanic whitetip shark as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The decision recognized threats from overfishing and bycatch in pelagic longline fishing gear as major reasons for drastic population declines.  The listing responds to a petition from Defenders of Wildlife, with support from the Center for Biological Diversity, seeking federal protections of […]

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Sharks cause stressful lives for seals, new study finds

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CAPE TOWN (South Africa)- A little added stress may be helpful to flee a dangerous situation, or to meet an approaching deadline. But what if you continuously live in stressful situations, where in the lurky cold waters the great white death awaits you? Researchers of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that Cape […]

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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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Rare frilled shark caught in Portugal

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ALBUFEIRA (PORTUGAL)- ‘Living fossils’, ‘sea serpents’. Frilled Sharks are the stuff of legends. Not often do we come across them. One species was caught this week by a research trawler off the coast of the Algarve, southern Portugal, the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) said in a statement.  The 1,5 meter larger shark, was a male and […]

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Sharks on top of the menu for alligators

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MANHATTAN (USA)- Who’s got the biggest teeth? Sharks or alligators? Who’s the baddest? Kansas State University researchers found out that four species of sharks and stingrays are prominent on the menu of the big reptiles. While the sharks may not actually be as big as the great white or tiger shark, James Nifong, postdoctoral researcher with the Kansas Cooperative Fish […]

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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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