Interview with Mick Downers

PERTH (AUSTRALIA)- Asia’s oldest hotel chain, the Peninsular Group has announced it will ban shark fin soup from its restaurants, beginning next year.  It’s gained praise from international conservation groups and joins other prominent hotels in taking the step. But it amounts to only small progress toward preserving some increasingly endangered shark species from the horrific practice. Australia is among numerous […]

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Summer’s here, shark patrol ready

ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)- Summer’s arrived in southern Australia. The popular coast will be crowded with people wanting to go in the ocean. Shark patrols sharply scan the waters for big predators coming too close to the people. Quite a serious job. Shark patrol flights will be making hourly sweeps along Adelaide’s most popular beaches at peak swimming times this summer. The annual […]

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Shark fin traders: ‘It’s a conspiracy’

HONG KONG (CHINA)- Shark fin traders in Hong Kong say only a few people know the truth about sharks. The shark fin industry is being targeted by an anti-Chinese conspiracy led by “Western” environmental groups like Greenpeace. Talk of a dramatic decline in shark populations around the world is rubbish,  they say, dismissing research showing an eight-fold jump in threatened shark species […]

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Sharks thrive in Arabian Gulf

ABU DHABI (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)- The shark population in the Arabian Gulf is much higher that thought to be. So concludes Rima Jabado, a Lebanese-born Canadian doctorate student at UAE University in Al Ain, who embarked on the first scientific survey of the shark population of the Gulf, a scientific cul-de-sac that until then had been strangely ignored, despite worldwide concern […]

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