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.
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,
LA PAZ (MEXICO)- Every year the Mexican fishing industry catches thousands of tons of hammerheads a year. And every three years 300,000 pounds of hammerhead shark fins are being exported from the Central American country. While internationally hammerhead sharks are are recognized for urgent protection, in Mexico they are still not
The Scalloped Hammerhead was always the most common Hammerhead Shark around. Yet thanks to overfishing and shark finning practices this species is now since 2008 on the “globally endangered” species list. In parts of the Atlantic Ocean, their populations have declined by over 95% in the past 30 years. Hammerheads are
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
PUERTO JIMENEZ (COSTA RICA)- A new sanctuary in the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica must give young Scalloped Hammerheads the opportunity to grow up in peace. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced earlier this month the designation of more than 10,000 acres of critical nursery habitat for this endangered shark species.
COCOS ISLANDS (Costa Rica)- The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark mates in parts of the ocean where there is a high current. The sharks possibly ‘do it’ there in favor of respiration while they’re at it. This is one of the conclusions that researchers of the Charles Darwin Research Center of