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California ban on shark fins upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (USA)- California’s ban on possession or sale of shark fins still stands. A federal judge upheld the ban, rejecting claims that the law discriminates against the Chinese community in the state. Shark fin soup is a traditional delicacy in this community. Also the claim of interfering with federal management of ocean fishing was rejected. The California law against […]

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Interview with Shark Aid International

#noWAsharkcull LONDON RALLY Shark Aid International

We’re starting a new series of interviews in honor of people and organisations that help protect sharks. From research to raising awareness, from lobbying to actions and campaigns. Meet the Shark Heroes. In this first edition we talk with Alex Wright, founder and director of Shark Aid International. “We need to make the present day better for sharks if we want them […]

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17 Tiger sharks killed on drumline

PERTH (AUSTRALIA)-  The Western Australia’s Government confirmed that 17 tiger sharks were killed on the drumlines set out under under Western Australia’s controversial new shark policy. There has never been a fatal tiger shark attack in Western Australia’s waters. The drum line initiative is part of a $23 million shark hazard mitigation program, better known as the ‘Shark Cull’ Madness Under […]

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Illegal shark fishermen sentenced

RAJA AMPAT (INDONESIA)- 13 Philippine fisherman were caught illegaly fishing for sharks and turtles in the Raja Ampat Archipelago in Indonesia. All of them were sentenced to 8 months in jail while the boat and all its equipment was confiscated and destroyed. It is not uncommon for illegal fishermen to be caught by patrol teams in the Bird’s Head Seascape. […]

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24 Countries secretly catch sharks

CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA)- Up to 24 countries may be catching sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea but failing to report these catches, as is legally required by the Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). A new report by Oceana revealed these secret catches, based on Hong Kong shark fin trade data and other sources. The […]

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Coffins against shark fin soup

Shark fin soup might be delicious but it’s destroying the world’s sharks. That’s the message of an ad campaign in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The campaign is using shark coffins to emphasize the message. The new ad campaign from the  International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and design firm Y&R Shanghai wants to change the minds of the Chinese. […]

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Hong Kong bans shark fin soup for officials

HONG KONG (CHINA)- The pressure is on. Last weekend the government of Hong Kong officially declared it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as “a good example,” following years of lobbying by conservation groups. The southern Chinese city is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fin, which is viewed by many Asians as a delicacy and […]

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