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September, 2010

  • 25 September

    Is Gulf oil killing the whale sharks?

    Via Wikipedia

    During the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ,4.9 million barrels  of oil flowed into an area south of the Mississippi River Delta, where of one-third of all northern Gulf of Mexico, whale sharks have been sighted. Whale sharks are 45-foot-long fish which are considered a protected species …

  • 23 September

    Leave sharks in peace, nations plead

    Tiny Palau and Honduras on Wednesday declared that their ocean waters are shark-infested — and they want the rest of the world to jump right in. The presidents of the two tiny countries met in New York to sign a declaration urging other coastal nations to join them in declaring …

August, 2010

  • 3 August

    Brazilian company killed sharks for fins

    A conservation watchdog on Monday accused a Brazilian company of illegally fishing 280 000 sharks which were killed to feed Asia”s appetite for shark fin. The Environmental Justice Institute (EJI), a Brazilian group, lodged a suit against seafood exporter Sigel do Brasil Comercio…

July, 2010

  • 16 July

    Dead in their hundreds on the dock

    © Alex Hofford

    Their bodies rotting on the floor of a Japanese dock, these sharks have been killed for one thing: their fins. Like the slaves who walked the rows of cotton in America”s Southern plantations 200 years ago, Japanese workers move silently between the bodies hacking off the fins and catching them …

  • 12 July

    Shark poachers prowl Egyptian waters

    Yemeni shark poachers are operating in Egyptian waters and have been involved in at least one confrontation with the Egyptian navy, environment ministry officials say. Shark fishing is prohibited in Egypt’s Red Sea territorial waters under national legislation passed in 2005 that aims at ending the cruel and wasteful practice …

May, 2010

  • 29 May

    Hawaii bans shark fins in move hailed by conservation groups

    Shark conservation groups are celebrating a small but important triumph after Hawaii on Friday became the first state in the nation to ban the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins. Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law a bill that will halt the import of shark fins, which are valued …

  • 1 May

    Pregnant hammerhead shark found dead at Delray Beach

    Endangered (IUCN) Via Wikipedia

    35 pups the shark was carrying couldn’t be saved The massive bloody carcass of a pregnant great hammerhead carried 35 dead pups in her belly when she washed ashore on Delray Beach. They can serve as a reminder: Man is the greatest predator. The shark, considered endangered by advocates, had …

April, 2010

March, 2010

  • 26 March

    Porbeagle shark dealt setback at UN meeting

    Credits: Wikipedia

    A U.N. wildlife meeting has rejected efforts to regulate the trade in overfished porbeagle sharks, reversing an earlier ruling at the conference and leaving none of the proposed shark species with protection. The conference initially approved protection of the porbeagle earlier in the week at the 175-nation Convention on International …

  • 23 March

    US proposals to protect endangered sharks rejected over trade concerns

    The 175-nation Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has rejected U.S.-backed proposals to regulate international trade in a variety of endangered species of shark. Asian countries, led by Japan, voted against the proposal in Doha Tuesday, preventing it to win two-thirds majority by narrow margin. Japan in …

  • 18 March

    Dubai hotel frees Sammy the whale shark

    A rare whale shark that was a hotel attraction in Dubai has been returned to the wild, the resort said on Thursday, following an international campaign against the captivity. Sammy, a freckled whale shark that is an internationally protected species, had been kept inside a lobby aquarium at Dubai”s upscale …

  • 17 March

    Shark conservation proposal defeated at UN meeting

    China, Japan and Russia helped defeat a U.S.-endorsed proposal at a U.N. wildlife trade meeting Tuesday that would have boosted conservation efforts for sharks, expressing concern it would hurt poor nations and should be the responsibility of regional fisheries bodies. The opposition to the shark proposal came hours after the …