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August, 2008

  • 29 August

    Sharks found trapped in illegal gill net

    Gill net

    (From kitv.com) Honolulu- A Nature Conservancy team on patrol around Kaneohe Bay found an illegal gill with more than a dozen dead hammerhead sharks. The net was about 350 feet long and in the water for more than a day, Nature Conservancy representative Ken Conklin said.The net appeared to have …

  • 27 August

    Fisherman fined $2,000 for cutting shark’s throat

    Grey Nurse Shark from Wikipedia

    (From abc.net.au)- A recreational fisherman has been fined for killing an endangered grey nurse shark that was hooked in waters off Forster on the New South Wales mid-north coast. Fisheries officers found the 1.7 metre female shark in an icebox on the man”s boat in June 2006. Primary Industries Minister …

  • 26 August

    Foodies and fishers sign up to stop shark finning

    Shark finning scoop.co.nz

    (From scoop.co.nz)- Some of New Zealand’s best-known foodies and fishers have signed Forest & Bird’s pledge to help stop shark finning. Shark finning – cutting off the high-priced fins of sharks and dumping the rest of the body at sea – is contributing to the decline of shark species worldwide. …

  • 26 August

    Researcher fears for reef sharks’ future

    Shark

    (From abc.net.au)- A north Queensland marine researcher says sharks are on the verge of being wiped out on the Great Barrier Reef. Richard Fitzpatrick says on a recent research trip to reefs off Cairns and Port Douglas, his team struggled to catch any sharks to collect DNA samples. Mr Fitzpatrick …

  • 25 August

    Tampa Restaurant says no to cruel shark finning

    Shark fin soup

    (From marketwatch.com) Washington- Ivory Mandarin Bistro joins national campaign to end shark finning by taking shark fin soup off its menu. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is pleased to announce that the Ivory Mandarin Bistro in Tampa, Florida has decided to stop serving shark fin soup. Restaurant owners Steve Sritrairasri …

  • 24 August

    Great artists unite to save sharks on the Great Barrier Reef

    Art for Sharks from westender.com.au

    (From westender.com.au)- The artists have joined forces for the sea and the Australian Marine Conservation Society”s (AMCS) annual charity art auction on Friday September 12th 2008. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the marine charity”s campaign to stop targeted shark fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. 

  • 23 August

    Banned shark hunters to become sea rangers

    Bull Shark from Wikipedia

    (From divemaster.com)- Shark patrolling is being seen as a possible alternative for Indonesian fishermen. Researchers say Indonesian fishermen who”ve been banned from hunting certain species in the waters off Northern Australia could work as sea rangers monitoring vulnerable whale shark populations. The fishermen are considered a rich source of information …

  • 23 August

    Salmon shark washes up on N. Oregon Coast

    Photo Seaside Aquarium

    (From beachconnection.net) Seaside, Oregon- One salmon shark carcass did land on the north Oregon coast Friday morning – the first in about a year, according to Seaside Aquarium. Normally, they get about two such carcasses each year, usually in the summer. “The shark was just over two feet, which means …

  • 23 August

    Sharks become the hunted in Gulf Region

    Supplied Picture - gulfnews.com

    (From gulfnews.com)- There has been no classification of shark populations in Gulf waters on a regional basis, as there has been very little scientific research to assess this. According to the Emirates Marine Environment Group (Emeg) the biggest threat to sharks in the region is fishing. One of the big …

  • 21 August

    Opponents hoping to sink Saco’s Shark Tournament

    2005 Press Herald file

    (From pressherald.mainetoday.com) Gulf of Maine, United States- Fishermen in as many as 45 boats will ply the waters off Saco this weekend in hopes of reeling in a big shark. Back on shore, the surrounding community has found itself dragged into a national battle over the treatment of the ocean”s …

  • 20 August

    Saving Whale Sharks Off Kenya’s Coast

    Whale Shark

    (From fsrn.org) Kenia – The whale shark is the biggest fish species in the ocean. Up to 18 meters long, this vegetarian is found across the world”s tropical waters, from Belize to northern Australia. Their huge dorsal fins, which make for highly prized culinary delicacies, fetch high prices on South-East …

  • 14 August

    Deep-Sea Predators Threatened by Bowls of Chinese Soup

    JAY DIRECTO / AFP / Getty Images

    (From beavertonvalleytimes.com)- This month, the eyes of the world are on Beijing and many travelers are experiencing Chinese cuisine for the first time. Among dishes of sea cucumber, scorpion and thousand-year-old egg, one high-profile Chinese delicacy is setting off alarms among environmentalists: shark fin soup. The soup, made from the …