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Alarmbells for endangered mako sharks

LONDON (UK)- One of the fastest shark species of the world has seen a decline of 60% in the Atlantic over about 75 years. IUCN warns for the threatening extinction of the shortfin mako shark in the Atlantic Ocean. Its cousin the Longfin Mako Shark has also been assessed as an Endangered Species. Makos migrate great distances, don’t reproduce until […]

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Shark Champions campaign launched

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and Humane Society International (HSI) today launched the Shark Champions campaign to build a national community of advocates for protecting sharks and rays in Australia. Australia is home to more than 320 shark and ray species, half of which are unique to Australia’s waters. Protect, conserve and manage “Healthy oceans need sharks”, says Tooni […]

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Shark tourism can change your mind about these much-maligned predators

OAHU (HAWAII)- Shark ecotourism can change people’s attitudes about sharks and make them more likely to support conservation projects – even after allowing for the fact that ecotourists are more likely to be environmentally minded in the first place. Michele Barnes, James Cook University and Sarah Ruth Sutcliffe, James Cook University In our research, published in the journal Marine Policy, […]

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Queensland drumlines killing endangered sharks

CAIRNS (AUSTRALIA)-Lethal drumlines off the coast of Queensland, northern Australia catch and kill hundreds of non-target marine animals in the Great Barrier Reef. Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) have released imagery of drumlines set off the coast of Magnetic Island showing the death of endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks. Both organizations call for an end to […]

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India: Ban on export of shark fins stays

Since 2015 the export of shark fins has been banned in India, thanks to the good work of Humane Society International/India and People for Animals. Petitioners sought to have the ban lifted and appealed to the Kerala High Court, claiming the ban affected “their fundamental right to trade. Last week the court decided to uphold the ban. Not only did […]

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Mexico creates official Caribbean refuge for whale sharks

CANCUN (MEXICO)- Every year between may and September whale sharks gather off the Caribbean coast of the peninsula of Yucatan. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has decided to protect these gentle giants by creating an official refuge area of 633,000 hectares. The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, through the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, will enforce the protection program […]

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