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Historic day as sharks and manta rays receive UN protection

On Sunday 14th September, five species of sharks and two manta ray species will receive protection under the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) when formal measures to regulate their international trade come into effect. The five sharks and two manta rays species include Scalloped Hammerhead…

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Sharks are more polluted than polar bears

Polar bears are well-known to store many deadly pollutants in their fat. They store chemicals such as PCB’s from the food that they eat. Being at the top of the food chain leads them to have high concentrations of toxins. New research indicates that polar bears are no longer some of the most polluted species…

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Shark fin trade crashes by 90% in China

The export of shark fins from Hong Kong to China has crashed by 90% in just a year. Following the new austerity of the Chinese leadership, increasing changes in taste among the young and pressure from campaign groups the trade in shark fins is shrinking rapidly. Official government figures analysed by the WWF-China show that…

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Shark finners change tactics

In order for shark-finners to continue to get as many fins on board their fishing boats and still remain within the law the finners have changed their tactics. Rather than just cut off the fins at sea they are stripping the shark body of the bulk of its flesh and returning the fins to shore barely just attached to…

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India to ban shark fining at sea

Indian central government Minister of State for Environment & Forests Jayanthi Natarajan has announced that the central government is to support a policy that will eradicate finning of sharks at sea. The new policy will allow wildlife enforcement officer to identify sharks landed which is difficult to do when just the fin remains. Up to 60 shark…

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Fewer than 1,000 Great White sharks remain in South Africa

South Africa is thought to be home to the world’s largest population of Great White sharks. The species is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring of the shark family. A new survey though highlights just how at risk the Great White shark is. The survey estimates just 908 are still swimming around the coast…