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U.S. government: shark fin bans “significantly undermine conservation and management of Federal shark fisheries”

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 2, 2013

I’ve written in the past about why shark fin bans might not be the best tool for the conservation and management of sharks. Though specific details vary, these so-called “blanket bans” typically make it illegal for anyone to buy, sell, or possess shark fins regardless of the source *. Additionally, to date most of these […]

National Marine Fisheries Service rejects petition to list 4 skate species under Endangered Species Act

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 27, 2011

Last August, two petitions were sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service from three conservation organizations (the Animal Welfare Institute, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals). The petitions (available in their entirety here) requested that four species of skate be listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act, and requested that critical habitat for these species […]

Proposed fishery increase could harm critically endangered thorny skates

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 15, 2011

In response to new analyses estimating  that greater numbers of some skate species can be safely fished,  the National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed an “emergency” increase in the catch limit for the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery. While its good news that some skate populations may be doing well enough to support increased fishing, this […]

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