Tag Archives: conservation

Will Australia stop protecting hammerheads and threshers?

CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)- The Australian government is, according to The Guardian, submitting a “reservation” against three species of thresher shark and two species of hammerhead shark listed as protected migratory species under the UN-administered convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals. The five types of shark were among 31 species granted new protection status at a convention summit […]

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More protection for whitetip

BANGKOK (THAILAND)- A majority of delegates at the Cites conservation meeting in Bangkok have voted to extend the protection of the threatened oceanic whitetip shark. The species have seen its numbers decline dramatically in recent years because of overfishing for fins. Historical Campaigners said the move to record and regulate all trade of the species was historic, and that they […]

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Bad news hurts shark conservation

MICHIGAN (USA)- Traditionally, sharks are portrayed in a negative way in media coverage. More than 52 percent of global coverage focuses on shark attacks, and in 60 percent of coverage, sharks are portrayed negatively.   A new study from Michigan State University reveals that this negative image is affecting their survival. Negative effects Compared to a tiny 10 percent coverage […]

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Calls for shark sanctuary off Sipadan

KOTA KINABALU (MALAYSIA) – A group of tourists diving off the tropical isle of Sipadan, Malaysia, managed to capture pictures of the white-tip reef sharks mating. The mating ritual caught on camera is boosting conservationists’ call for the broader Semporna-area to be a declared a shark sanctuary. For the experts, the pictures debunk views that the sharks were merely passing through the waters […]

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Hotels stop serving shark

HONG KONG (CHINA)-Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La announced yesterday it will stop serving shark fin soup  at its 72 hotels worldwide. The campaign to protect the marine predators is finally gaining some ground among Chinese consumers. Not only will the Hong Kong-based group cease serving shark fin in all of its restaurants, it also announced it will no longer be accepting […]

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