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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 […]

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 […]

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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