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Stronger restrictions on overfishing mako sharks defeated at ICCAT

MARRAKECH (Morocco)- Bad news for the shortfin mako shark. Fishing nations gathered for the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have failed to adopt recommended limits to protect shortfin mako sharks from overfishing or strengthen the regional ban on shark finning. The only new shark agreement resulting from the eight day meeting takes […]

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Conservationists Call for Mako Shark Fishing Ban

Conservation groups are calling for national and international protections for shortfin mako sharks based on a new scientific assessment that finds the North Atlantic population has been depleted and is continuing to be seriously overfished. The shortfin mako – the world’s fastest shark — is sought for meat, fins, and sport, but most fishing countries impose no limits on catch.  […]

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Shortfin mako shark threatened by overfishing

FORT LAUDERDALE (USA)- The ocean’s fastest shark is being threatened by overfishing. A new study using satellite tracking by researchers from Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), the University of Rhode Island and other colleagues shows that the fishing mortality rate of the shortfin mako in the western North Atlantic is considerably higher than previously estimated from catches reported by […]

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Sharks can help prevent climate change

BOURNEMOUTH (UK)- They help balance the ecosystems in the ocean, and can possibly help with a cure for cancer. Now they sharks also turn out to play an important role in preventing climate change, so say scientists of the British Bournemouth University. ‘Overfishing and shark finning may result on more greenhouse gasses and increased climate change.’  Researchers from the Department of […]

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Porbeagle shark still at risk

HALIFAX (CANADA)- The future for porbeagle sharks is still not looking too bright. A decade after being declared an endangered species only a quart remains of the population that was around in the ‘60’s. The porbeagle shark remains at risk, says a group of Canadian scientists. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) re-examined the porbeagle’s […]

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Ancient shark teeth reveal truth

GILBERT ISLANDS (KIRIBATI)- Overfishing is not just a sign of modern times. Hundreds of years ago species vanished by overfishing. That is the important conclusion of a study of ancient Pacific weaponry. In Kiribati at least two shark species. A collection of vicious weapons made of shark teeth reveals that two species of sharks vanished from the reefs of Kiribati […]

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