More than 50 species of sharks are to be given protection from over-exploitation in what’s being seen as a milestone for shark conservation. Nearly 200 countries have voted to add a raft of sharks to the list of species protected under global trade rules, the BBC reported. The news follows repeated and increasing calls for […]

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In a new global study, experts use the iconic predatory tunas, billfishes and sharks as sentinels of ocean health to support the development of long-term and robust indicators for addressing sustainability and biodiversity loss in oceanic ecosystems. The AZTI technology centre, in collaboration with Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), has developed this new […]

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, a multilateral agreement, currently lists nearly 70 elasmobranch fish species in its three appendices. These include manta rays (Mobula spp.), mako sharks (Isurusspp.) and sawfishes (family Pristidae). CITES is a United Nations agreement that is binding in 184 countries and limits […]

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The mysterious Greenland shark – thought to have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate – has been granted new, historic protections by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). The US and Canada, with support from the UK and the EU, proposed and secured a science-based ban on retaining the species from international waters.     […]

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A new approach to collecting data on the Critically Endangered and elusive Angelshark around the Welsh coast has proven successful. Crucial data, published in a paper on 05 July 2022, were primarily sourced by commercial, recreational and charter fishers across Wales and the Irish Sea in an approach co-designed by the fishing community and Angel […]

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For Shark Awareness Day (July 14th) , Greenpeace UK and Greenpeace Spain have highlighted their report ‘Hooked on sharks – The EU fishing fleets fuelling the global shark trade’ In the report, the evolution of the North Atlantic shark fishery is covered and the downward trajectory of shark populations and the consequent impacts on ocean […]

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Pet food containing endangered sharks is being fed to cats and dogs by unwitting owners, a study has revealed. The Guardian and Express reported that Scientists found that several brands contained endangered species but listed only vague ingredients such as “ocean fish”, meaning that consumers are often oblivious. The findings are published in the journal Frontiers […]

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A new initiative hopes to develop a better understanding of sharks, skates and rays living in Welsh coastal waters, Nation Cymru  has reported. The Zoological Society London (ZSL) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are leading Project SIARC (Sharks Inspiring Action and Research with Communities) which offers people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to […]

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