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2012-12-07 08:21:28

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Josh Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to French Polynesia announcing comprehensive and permanent shark protections. The announcement was made on Dec. 6 during the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Manila, Philippines. "We applaud the government of French Polynesia for its bold decision to establish the world's largest...

Bull Sharks Have Most Powerful Bite
2012-10-21 09:59:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The shark with the most powerful bite isn't the Great White or the Hammerhead, scientists have discovered -- rather, it is the Bull shark that bites with the most force relative to its size, according to a new study. Marine biologists, including Philip Motta and Maria Habegger of the University of South Florida (USF), measured the bite strength from 13 different shark species, according to Dan Vergano of USA Today. They...

2012-10-06 02:20:04

WASHINGTON, DC, October 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At least 37 countries, including the United States and Mexico, have proposed protections for ten shark and ray species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The U.S. will join Colombia in leading an effort to secure trade measures for the oceanic whitetip shark. In cooperation with at least five other countries and the European Union, Mexico is pursuing protections for three species of...

2012-10-04 14:20:39

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven species of vulnerable sharks and manta rays have now been submitted by 35 countries for consideration for protection next year under an international treaty concerned with regulating wildlife trade. Governments met the deadline today and formally submitted their proposals for the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in March 2013. The recommendations include porbeagle...

2012-08-13 06:21:36

IUCN Specialist Group issues Red List Assessments for North & Central American species VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) is releasing the first compilation of status assessments for nearly 300 sharks, rays, and chimaeras (chondrichthyan fishes) found in North American, Central American, and Caribbean waters conducted using on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria. The report shows that 13.5%...

A Case Of Misidentification: Two Sharks Could Be Endangered
2012-03-28 06:59:51

Confusion of identity between two shark species may threaten the survival of both. A new and unnamed shark species originally discovered off the Eastern United States seaboard discovered by Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center (NSU-OC) has a cousin that shares a striking resemblance: The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark. In an article published in the April 2012 issue of the scientific journal Marine Biology, scientists have revealed the new look-alike species to be found...

2012-03-26 06:23:07

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Identity confusion between a new, yet unnamed shark species, originally discovered off the eastern United States by Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center (NSU-OC) researchers, and its look-alike cousin--the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark--may threaten the survival of both species. According to an April 2012 article in the scientific journal Marine Biology, the new look-alike hammerhead species has now been discovered more...

2011-04-28 18:14:00

Federal agency concurs with estimate of 83% population decline, triggering new measures WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark Advocates International is highlighting a new National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determination that U.S. Atlantic scalloped hammerhead sharks are overfished and subject to excessive fishing pressure. Scientists estimate that the population has declined by more than 80% from its original size. Under federal law, NMFS now has two years to...

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2011-02-28 08:59:26

New study provides new insight into the largely unknown migratory patterns and habitat use of the endangered shark A study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science details the first scientific research to successfully track a great hammerhead shark using satellite tag technology. Rosenstiel School Research Assistant Professor Neil Hammershlag and colleagues tracked one of the nomadic sharks for 62 days to uncover its northeast...

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2010-11-28 08:35:00

A fisheries group decided on Saturday that half-a-dozen species of endangered sharks hunted on the high seas to satisfy a burgeoning Asian market for sharkfin soup are now protected in the Atlantic. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) said that scalloped, smooth and great hammerheads, along with oceanic white tip, cannot be targeted or kept if caught accidentally. Three other types of hammerhead sharks are also included in the ban, including smalleye,...