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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…
shark finning

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…
shark finning

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…
white tipped shark

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…
Great white shark

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…
manta ray

Is Bali about to ban shark fishing?

There are hints that a new shark and manta ray sanctuary is about to be formed at Bali. Last month the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia banned the fishing of sharks and rays in it’s coral reefs and set up a shark sanctuary – the first in the so called Coral…
white tipped shark

Sharks set to get boost from CITES

Sharks across the world are under threat thanks to shark fin soup. Often the sharks are caught as a profitable by-catch but as only the fins are valuable the rest of the shark is dumped overboard. The trade is international in scope and there is little control. CoP16 though offers some hope for the future.…
whale shark

More than just a holiday snap

Those quick holiday photos could prove to be more important than just happy memories. scientists are asking people to submit their pictures of sharks to a web site so they can use them to study the animals. If you are heading to the Maldives on holiday this year don’t forget to take a photo of…
whitetip shark

Europe closes shark-finning loophole

The European Parliament has today voted to close a loophole in its fisheries legislation that could help its fight to protect rapidly declining shark populations. Until today there were exceptions in fisheries legislation that allowed vessels though special permits to do finning at sea as long as the shark bodies were landed. It was difficult to…
whitetip shark

Whitetip shark populations declining by 17% a year

New research released today by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)  in New Caledonia demonstrates the frightening impact on shark populations that shark fin soup is having. The results of a study of 15 years of landing catches published in Conservation Biology shows that the worst affected shark species the white-tip shark has declined…
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Shark finning set to be banned in Europe

Fisheries ministers from the EU countries have just finished a meeting over the future direction of EU fisheries policy. While a lot of attention has been put at the wasteful practise of discards the practise of shark finning was also discussed and is set to be banned by the EU. Shark finning is the practise of removing the fins of…
tiger shark

Keep feeding the sharks

Divers will travel the world to get to good locations to dive with sharks. It can be big money too. Some dive operators will feed an area to attract sharks for their clients but it’s a controversial practice. In some regions such as Florida the baiting for sharks have been banned while in other regions it’s accepted by local…
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Is 5% too much to save the sharks?

Shark finning is decimating shark populations across the world. The sharks are caught then the fins removed and the sharks – sometimes still alive but fatally wounded – are thrown back overboard. Some countries have regulations limiting the amount of bodiless fins that can be landed, but is it enough? Many counties, including the UK…
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Singapore’s supermarkets shun sharks

Campaigning, changing tastes and environmental responsibility have all played a role in helping to reduces demand for shark fin product in Singapore. But a single Facebook status update may have been the one of the most effective ways of reducing availability of shark fin in a major supermarket chain – and the update came from…
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Is it time for UK to ban shark products

Around the world nations are beginning to look at protecting sharks and the lead is being set, in many cases, by the smaller nations. They are setting up marine reserves and more importantly they are banning the trade in sharks in order to tackle the increasing shark fin trade. Surely the time has come for…
shark diver

Citizen scientists can help shark studies

Whether conservationists are studying wildlife on land or in the oceans they come across the same big problems and that is lack of resources and tight budgets. Increasingly ways are being found to involve the public in undertaking wildlife or species surveys. Now a recent study involving recreational divers shows that they can be a…