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2010-06-30 15:35:00

HONOLULU, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of the State of Hawaii becoming the first jurisdiction to ban sales of shark fin soup, local and international conservation groups praised the ground-breaking move as a first step to halting the decimation of global shark stocks. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100630/SF29332) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100630/SF29332) Fins from up to 70 million sharks a year are used for shark fin soup often with the bodies of...

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2010-06-10 08:18:20

Stanford marine scientists and anthropologists are developing strategies for sustainable fishing by comparing two remote coral reef ecosystems "“ one inhabited, the other a "no-catch" reserve. Coral reefs "“ kaleidoscopes of pink anemones and silver sharks "“ are the planet's most colorful ecosystems and among its most endangered, say marine scientists. As global warming raises ocean temperatures, many corals blanch and die, a phenomenon called "coral bleaching." And pumping...

2010-03-23 09:34:00

DOHA, Qatar, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sharks were the big losers today at the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Doha. "CITES Parties voted by the slimmest of margins to protect porbeagle sharks, but rejected all other shark proposals at this meeting," said Dr. Ralf Sonntag, Director IFAW Germany. "An Appendix II listing would have given sharks a fighting chance against...

2010-03-23 09:29:00

Rejection of Scientific Data for Other Threatened Sharks Undermines Conservation Effort DOHA, Qatar, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Government delegates attending the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted today to list porbeagle sharks in Appendix II of the treaty, but rejected protections for three other vulnerable shark species. An Appendix II listing requires exporting countries to ensure that international trade is legal and will not...

2010-03-09 10:58:00

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a move lauded by the Pew Environment Group, the Maldives today declared its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), 90,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean, as a shark sanctuary free from all shark fishing and also banned all imports and exports of shark fins. The Maldives is home to more than 30 shark species, including the scalloped hammerhead, the most prominent shark to be considered for protection at the upcoming meeting of the Convention...

2009-12-01 13:58:28

Hit-and-run attacks by sharks can be solved with a new technique that identifies the culprits by the unique chomp they put on their victims, according to a University of Florida researcher and shark expert. In a method analogous to analyzing human fingerprints, scientists can make identifications by precisely comparing shark bites to the jaws and teeth of the powerful predators, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File, which is housed at UF's Florida Museum of...

2009-10-14 05:24:00

ILLINGEN, Germany, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Underwater photographer Klaus Jost has been pursuing his fascination with great whites, tiger sharks and bull sharks many for years and follows these impressive animals up close in their natural habitat. His incentive, however, is not just to share his unique photographs with the public on his homepage http://www.jostimages.com but also to contribute to the protection of these animals. "I would like to use these photographs of the great white to...

2009-09-23 21:22:21

Officials said 1,261 live fish, including seven sharks, have arrived in Britain following a 4,000-mile plane ride from Barbados. Biologists with the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, England, said only 21 small fish died before the plane was unloaded in Exeter, England. The rest were taken to the aquarium, The Sun reported Wednesday. The fish, which came from a Barbados aquarium, include four 10-foot-long nurse sharks and three 6-foot-long blacktip reef sharks. The pilot could feel the...

2009-08-24 15:07:44

Study May Prove Useful in Conservation Efforts for Over-Fished Sharks A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to stay near their coastal birthplace for many years. While shark research and conservation typically focuses on baby sharks confined to shallow habitats, or ocean-roaming adults, less is...

2009-08-13 14:35:59

Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the U.S. East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists and fishery resource managers to monitor shark populations and their role in marine ecosystems.NOAA scientists from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) lab in Narragansett, R.I., recently conducted their ninth coastal shark survey from Florida to Delaware. ...


Latest Carcharhinidae Reference Libraries

Barbeled Houndshark, Leptocharias smithii
2012-09-03 08:24:18

The Barbeled houndshark (Leptocharias smithii) is a species of bottom dwelling shark and sole member of the Leptochariidae family. It is a fish found in the Atlantic Ocean, inhabiting coastal waters of Africa from Mauritania to Angola and found at depths up to 246 feet. It is occasionally found as far north as the Mediterranean Sea. Its habitat is typically muddy water around river mouths. This fish can grow up to 32 inches in length, and is characterized by its long, slender body,...

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2009-01-13 18:47:43

The Blind Shark (Brachaelurus waddi) is a species of blind shark found in the subtropical southwest pacific Ocean. It is most commonly found off the coast of Queensland and New South Wales, between latitudes 8° S to 33° S. It is sometimes spotted in shallow tide pools where it is barely submerged or sometimes deeper. It prefers rocky shoreline and coral reefs. It thrives well in aquariums and can live out of water for an extended period. The Blind Shark reaches a length of about 48...

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2007-04-13 19:56:36

The Kitefin shark, Seal shark, or Black shark, Dalatias licha, is a dogfish, the only species in the genus Dalatias, found in the Atlantic, western Mediterranean, western Indian Ocean, and western Pacific including Japan, Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand, at depths of 164.04 to 5905.51 ft (50 to 1,800 meters). Its length is from 3.28 to 5.91 ft (1 to 1.8 meters). The Kitefin shark has a blunt snout and both dorsal fins are approximately equal in size. The trailing edges of all fins are...

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2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include streams and rivers in Southeast Asia (Sumatra, Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia, etc.) Aquarium Care...

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2007-03-13 10:25:08

The Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, is a well studied shark belonging to the family Carcharhinidae. Distribution and habitat It is found mainly along the subtropical and tropical parts of the Atlantic coast of North and South America. Reproduction Lemon sharks are viviparous, females giving birth to between 4 and 17 young every other year in warm and shallow lagoons. The young have to fend for themselves and remain in shallow water near mangroves until they grow larger. With...

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