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New York to ban shark fins

ALBANY (USA)- The US state of New York is banning trade in shark fins starting next summer. The eastern coastal state follows the example of California and other western coast states in their efforts to protect sharks. 73 million sharks killed An estimated 73 million sharks are killed worldwide every year to meet the market demand of shark fins, mainly […]

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Appetite for shark fin soup fading

HONG KONG (CHINA)- It was standard on the menu of every wedding banquet in Hong Kong. But the appetite for shark fin soup is fading. 90 percent of people say they could, or would, go without it, according to the Hong Kong daily The Standard. That’s what a survey of Junior Chamber International concludes. Over a thousand people in Hong […]

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Brunei bans shark fin trade

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (BRUNEI)- The sultanate of Brunei has announced it will enforce the ban on the catch and landings of all shark species from Brunei’s waters. And thus cease the sale of any related products in the domestic market. Furthermore, Brunei will also now officially enforce the ban on the importation and trade of shark products which has been in place […]

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European ban on shark finning tightened

The European Union (EU) agreed this week to tighten up an existing ban on shark finning by eliminating a loophole that allowed fisherman to still remove fins from caught shark. The ban for EU fishing crews has existed since 2003, but with special permits they were still allowed to remove the fins from shark carcasses. Ministers have now agreed with […]

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Historic day for sharks

BANGKOK (THAILAND)- After reporting yesterday here on Sharknewz.com that the Ocean Whitetip will  be more protected, two more speciess of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok. The Porbeagle and three varieties of Hammerhead sharks. Shark conservationists worldwide hailed the move as historic and said the vote represented a major breakthrough for […]

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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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