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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 […]

What shark finning means (and doesn’t mean): a primer and quiz

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJune 18, 2012

Shark finning, one of the most wasteful, unsustainable, and inhumane methods of gathering food in the history of human civilization, has rightly become a hot topic in the marine conservation movement. However, there is a great deal of confusion among activists concerning this problem and the best way to solve it. Those of you who […]

Bad news for whale sharks: The world’s largest fish are being killed for bait and billboards

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksApril 5, 2012

The world’s largest shark eats only plankton, couldn’t bite a human if it wanted to, and is one of the few sharks that could be reasonably described as beautiful. Globally, SCUBA divers pay an estimated $50 million each year for the chance to swim with these incredible fish. Their long migrations through international waters makes […]

Book review: man and shark

Book ReviewMarch 28, 2012

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than Man and Shark is a must for anyone interested in shark fisheries and conservation issues. This book by Alex Hofford and Paul Hilton features a collection of incredible photographs of sharks and shark fishing from all over the planet, from the fishing ports of the developing […]

The top 10 shark conservation stories of 2011

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 28, 2011

2011 was a relatively good year for sharks and rays. Presented below, in no particular order, are ten important shark conservation stories from the past year. 1. Shark sanctuaries. The world gained several new shark sanctuaries, areas where shark fishing is banned, in 2011. Nations creating new shark sanctuaries include Honduras (~92,000 square miles), the […]

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. […]

U.S. Senate passes Shark Conservation Act, but at what cost?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 20, 2010

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog-cation to bring you some exciting news- today, the U.S. Senate passed the Shark Conservation Act! The act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year, closes important loopholes in current U.S. shark management policy by banning the practice of removing fins * at sea (for almost all species, […]

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