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The ten best and worst events in shark fisheries management of 2012

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 4, 2013

Sonja Fordham founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation in 2010 based on her two decades of shark conservation experience at  Ocean Conservancy.  She is Deputy Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and Conservation Committee Chair for the American Elasmobranch Society, has co-authored numerous publications on shark fisheries management, and serves on […]

What the $&!* happened? A summary of the “contradictory, confusing, and inconsistent” EU finning ban votes

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 24, 2012

Last Wednesday morning, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted on proposed amendments that would, if passed, form their response to the European Commission’s 2011 proposal to end all removal of shark fins at sea (and thereby close loopholes in the EU finning ban).  As the EU is the single largest supplier of shark fins to […]

5 things you need to know about the proposed European Union shark finning ban, including how you can help

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 17, 2012

All eyes in the shark world are focused on Belgium, where the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee votes Wednesday on one of the most significant conservation policies in years: a stronger EU-wide ban on shark finning via a prohibition on removing sharks at sea, with no more  exceptions. Since some of the details are quite technical, emotions […]

European Union officials propose stronger finning ban, sign UN migratory shark initiative

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 22, 2011

Two pieces of good news for European sharks were announced yesterday.  The European Union signed the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding for sharks. This MOU was established last year to support the conservation of seven shark species which regularly migrate between national boundaries, a list which includes great whites and whale sharks. […]

Thorny skate protection: NAFO falls short

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 26, 2011

  Last week, I previewed the annual NAFO meeting. Two elasmobranch conservation measures (reducing the Total Allowable Catch for thorny skates to the level that the scientific council recommended and requiring fishermen to report the species of the sharks they catch) were to be discussed. That meeting is now concluded, and the results, while not […]

All eyes on Halifax: Will fishery managers follow scientific recommendations to protect the thorny skate?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 19, 2011

Later today, the annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The marine conservation world should pay close attention. NAFO  made history in 2004 by becoming the first regional fisheries management organization to set a shared quota for a shark, skate, or ray fishery, but the future of that […]

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