SACRAMENTO (USA)- Conservation groups Oceana, Center for Biological Diversity, and Shark Stewards filed a petition to the California Fish and Game Commission this week seeking to protect the US West Coast population of great white sharks, throughout their California range, under the state’s Endangered Species Act. The legal filing comesContinue Reading

COCO ISLAND (COSTA RICA)- Costa Rican park rangers caught a shark finning boat working the shark-infested waters off remote Coco Island. They let fourteen other boats go. That leads to doubts about the sincerity of the Costa Rican efforts to actually fighting back shark finning in their waters. Geiner Golfín,Continue Reading

GOLFITO (COSTA RICA)- Four Costa Ricans were arrested wednesday morning by the National Coast Guard (NG) on suspicion of killing sharks at sea for their fins. The officers found 122 fins from about 30 sharks inside freezers aboard a fishing vessel, southeast from Golfito, off Punta Banco, in waters in the South Pacific.Continue Reading

PUNTARENAS (COSTA RICA)- Good work by the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Ric. Earlier this week officers boarded a fishing vessel off the Pacific coast and arrested three individuals suspected of shark fin poaching. According to an official press release issued by Sergio Lopez Murillo of the Ministry ofContinue Reading

JAKARTA (INDONESIA)- Local and regional authorities in Indonesia last week caught 33 poachers who had taken sharks, manta rays and sea cucumbers from a protected marine area that scientists have identified as one of the sea’s most important sites. But after confiscating their illegal catch and gear, the patrol officersContinue Reading

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 debunkContinue Reading

TORONTO (CANADA)-The plea for banning shark fins leads to debates all over the world. In Toronto where city council proposed to ban the sale of shark fins in the city, more than 200 people protested outside city hall yesterday. Many of the members of the large Chinese community of theContinue Reading