HONG KONG- For the first time, researchers have traced the origins of shark fins from the retail market in Hong Kong back to the location where the sharks were first caught. Great news! This will allow researchers to identify “high-risk” supply chains for illegal trade and better enforce international trade regulations.Continue Reading

BERN (SWITZERLAND)- Sharks are more caught by fishermen in cooler ocean regions than in the warm equatorial areas are where marine life is most biodiverse. Why, remains a mystery. Research, led by Marius Roesti at the University of Bern in Switzerland, shows that the general idea that that predators shouldContinue Reading

NEWCASTLE (UK)- Finding a species that’s entirely new to science is always exciting, and so we were delighted to be a part of the discovery of two new sixgill sawsharks (called Pliotrema kajae and Pliotrema annae) off the coast of East Africa, write Per Berggren and Andrew Temple of the Newcastle University. We knowContinue Reading

WOODS HOLE (USA)- Blue sharks are among the widest-ranging shark species in the oceans. We know this partly because from 1962 to 2013, 117,962 blue sharks were tagged as part of the ongoing Cooperative Shark Tagging Program. Article by Jasmin Graham of the Florida State University.  This partnership between the commercial fishing industry,Continue Reading

Marine-protected areas and shark reserves show good results. But what happens when sharks leave the safe areas as they do as migratory species? Research shows how important it is to create safe swimways between protected areas. Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife,Continue Reading

The critically endangered Angelshark now has a safe haven in the waters around the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition announced that their populations are fully protected, through inclusion on the Spanish Endangered Species List. After several months of work preparing technical reports inContinue Reading