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2010-11-27 08:10:00

ICCAT Protects Oceanic Whitetip Sharks, Limits Hammerhead Fishing & Improves Mako Measures PARIS, Nov. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark Advocates International is welcoming progress toward conserving sharks made at this week's annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). After considering a record number (six) of proposals for shark measures, the ICCAT Parties agreed to prohibit retention of oceanic whitetip sharks, restrict...

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2010-05-18 10:12:18

The ancestor of all hammerhead sharks probably appeared abruptly in Earth's oceans about 20 million years ago and was as big as some contemporary hammerheads, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. But once the hammerhead evolved, it underwent divergent evolution in different directions, with some species becoming larger, some smaller, and the distinctive hammer-like head of the fish changing in size and shape, said CU-Boulder Professor Andrew Martin of the...

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2008-11-03 13:00:00

The rising demand for shark fin soup in Asia is spurring illegal fishing and contributing to a plunge in stocks, according to a report on Monday. The Australian government and the wildlife trade-monitoring network Traffic, published the study urging governments to crack down on illegal catches. Registered legal shark exports totaled $310 million worldwide in 2005, up from $237 million in 2002. "As the world's demand for sharks continues to grow, shark populations are plummeting," the report...

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2008-02-19 05:00:00

The scalloped hammerhead shark will be added to the "globally endangered" species list this year.  Among the reasons are over-fishing and demand for shark fins, according to discussions that took place during last week's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Speaking at the Boston meeting, Dr Julia Baum, a marine ecologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), said excessive fishing...

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2008-02-17 18:05:00

Sharks are disappearing from the world's oceans. The numbers of many large shark species have declined by more than half due to increased demand for shark fins and meat, recreational shark fisheries, as well as tuna and swordfish fisheries, where millions of sharks are taken as bycatch each year. Now, the global status of large sharks has been assessed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), which is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, scientific-based information source on the...


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