GANDHINAGAR (INDIA)- Parties at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP13) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) came to an agreement to put in place strict protection measures for a number of threatened species including the Oceanic whitetip shark, as well as the jaguar andContinue Reading

King of the open seas, the Oceanic Whitetip Shark was once extremely common and widely distributed in the warmer oceans around the world. This slow-moving and inquisitive shark cruises slowly along the top of the water column looking to spot prey. Now it is on the brink of extinction inContinue Reading

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 supportContinue Reading

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 countriesContinue Reading

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- Indonesia and India account for more than a fifth of global shark catches, according to the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, which published a report Into The Deep today.  EU The two countries were named as the world’s biggest catchers of sharks in an EU-backed probe into implementing aContinue Reading

MURIWAI BEACH (NEW ZEALAND)- At Muriwai Beach, New Zealand a rare pregnant oceanic whitetip shark washed up ashore. The Department of Conservation speaks of an ‘exceptional find’. In the eastern US state of Delaware beachgoers rescued a washed up shark. Oceanic whitetip The oceanic whitetip is the only one ofContinue Reading