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December, 2008

  • 14 December

    Shark fin soup alters an ecosystem

    Nearly 100 million sharks are killed every year due to the enormous demand for shark fins to make shark fin soup.

    There is no animal on earth more vilified than the shark. Pop culture references and annual, over-hyped reports of attacks on swimmers or surfers have put sharks on the top of the list of the world”s most feared living things. There is however, a creature far more predacious than the …

November, 2008

  • 10 November

    Quarter of Atlantic sharks and rays face extinction

    Quarter of Atlantic sharks and rays face extinction

    (From guardian.co.uk)- More than a quarter of sharks and rays in the north-east Atlantic face extinction from overfishing, conservationists warned today. A “red list” report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that 26% of all sharks, rays and related species in the regional waters are threatened …

  • 6 November

    Surfers launch Save Our Sharks campaign


    (From dispatch.co.za)- South African surfers have teamed up with marine scientists to launch a campaign for the conservation of sharks. The Wavescapes Surf Film Festival and Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) hope to educate about the global plight of sharks, which are being killed at the rate of 100million a …

  • 3 November

    DNA fingerprinting method may thwart false labelling of shark meat


    (From sciencecentric.com)- Researchers in Spain are reporting that a new DNA identification method could thwart false labelling of shark species used in various seafood products, including the expensive Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup. Their study is scheduled for the 26 November issue of ACS” Journal of Agricultural and …

  • 1 November

    Shark fins seized on fishing boat

    Shark finning

    (From kgmb9.com)- The U.S. Coast Guard has seized shark fins from a fishing vessel about 2,200 miles south of Hawaii. A team from the Cutter Walnut, was conducting a fishing vessel inspection. They found shark fins on the 71-foot fishing vessel, Pacific Horizon, which is homeported in San Diego, CA. …

October, 2008

  • 28 October

    Scientists urge ban on catching Atlantic sharks

    Shark fishing

    (From reuters.com) Washington- An international team of scientists wants to ban the catching of eight species of Atlantic Ocean sharks and put a strict limit on the catch of two others to try to prevent population crashes. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they reproduce and grow slowly, but …

  • 26 October

    Great White shark decapitated

    White Shark

    (From www.iol.co.za) Mozambique- An investigation has been launched into the mutilation of a Great White shark which had its head sawn off at Macassar beach on Saturday. Alison Kock, the researcher at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre, said jaws and teeth were valuable on the black market and fetched …

  • 25 October

    Save Our Sharks

    Photo: Peter Smithson

    (From radionetherlands.nl) – Sharks have roamed the seas for more than 400 million years, making them older than the dinosaurs. Over millions of years they have worked their way to the top of the food chain, leaving only one real predator: humans. It seems we are slightly too efficient as …

  • 10 October

    Activists seek freedom for Dubai whale shark

    Whale Shark

    (From iht.com) Dubai- Environmentalists on Thursday called on the managers of a massive new marine-themed resort in this Gulf boomtown to release a whale shark they are holding inside a giant fish tank. A week later, representatives of the recently opened $1.5 billion Atlantis hotel announced that the resort”s marine …

  • 5 October

    Six Indonesian fishermen apprehended

    Photo courtesy Australian Customs

    (From torresnews.com.au)- Six Indonesian crew members aboard an Indonesian shark boat have been flown to Darwin after being apprehended in the Torres Strait. The boat was spotted by a Customs Coastwatch helicopter while conducting surveillance on Monday, September 22. The vessel was boarded about 115km east of Thursday Island on …

  • 4 October

    Shark washes up in Oregon with mystery parasites

    Salmon Shark

    (From nwcn.com) Seaside, Oregon-  A shark that washed up on an Oregon beach was covered with unknown parasites. Seaside Aquarium officials say the 4-foot salmon shark that washed up in the Cannon Beach area Wednesday was covered with a dense layer of parasites in an unusual way. Aquarium manager Keith …

September, 2008

  • 27 September

    Environment ministry issues decree to regulate fishing of sharks


    (From zawya.com) United Arab Emirates- Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, has issued a ministerial decree on bye-laws of Federal Law no. 23 of 1999 dealing with the use, protection and development of water resources in the UAE. According to the decree, only motorboats are henceforth …