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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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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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Anti-shark nets must keep beachgoers Reunion safe

Good waves at Reunion beaches. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons-Dpasquazzo

With idyllic landscapes facing the sea, Reunion Island is a destination that naturally invites visitors to relax, enjoy, and dream. But recent years the beautiful seas surrounding the island became also known as somewhat of a hotspot for shark attacks. Beaches were closed and swimming was forbidden. Until now.  Yesterday, the prefecture lifted the no swimming order for the beaches of […]

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Cuba announces plan to save its sharks

Hammerhead silhouette. Photo: Creative Commons/Istolethetv.

Cuban shark populations have been in rapid decline due to overfishing, demand for shark fins and accidental catches. The government of the Carribean isle has launched a long-term plan to protect its sharks. Cuba’s plan was announced after two years of work with the US-based Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). In it, fishermen are obliged to record and limit shark catches […]

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Sharks caught in Cayman waters, despite new law

Reefs of Cayman Islands. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Ray Bodden.

GEORGETOWN (CAYMAN ISLANDS)- Last april a new law forbids the fishing of sharks in Cayman waters. Yet fishermen are continuing to illegally catch and kill these creatures despite the protection afforded them by the National Conservation Law. The National Conservation Law provisions protecting certain species, including sharks, in the Cayman Islands went into effect this year on Earth Day (22 […]

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