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Australian Great White Sharks Are Actually Two Distinct Species
2012-06-05 11:14:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Despite inhabiting the same waters, two populations of Great White sharks living in the coastal waters of Australia are genetically distinct, according to a new study published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The two groups of Great Whites, or white sharks, are separated by the Bass Strait, a stretch of water between the Australian mainland and Tasmania to the south. The research team, led by Dean Blower from the University of Queensland, used...

2011-10-21 14:35:00

Pew says ending finning a good step, but does not save sharks WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement by the Taiwan Fisheries Agency that it will impose a ban next year on shark finning--the practice of slicing off the animal's fins on-board and then throwing away the body at sea--and mandate that sharks are landed with their...

2011-10-18 23:00:00

Pew calls for more action to protect depleted species WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten months after releasing a landmark report revealing the planet's top 20 shark-fishing catchers, the Pew Environment Group is expressing concern about new images and video taken in Taiwan that detail the expansive and unregulated nature of shark fishing globally. The depictions show fins and body parts of biologically vulnerable shark species, such as scalloped hammerhead and...

2011-04-20 16:31:00

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the Chilean Senate passage of Chile's first-ever ban on shark finning, requiring that ships catching sharks have to land them with their fins naturally attached (meaning that the shark's whole body must be taken to port). The Chamber of Deputies is expected to begin consideration of the bill in a few weeks....

2011-02-24 04:17:00

Pew applauds Pacific Islands for leading world on shark conservation WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Senate of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, passed a bill today banning the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins. With this legislation, sponsored by the Guam Senate's Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, the Pacific islands continue to lead the world in the fight for shark conservation. It now moves to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo for his signature. "More...

2010-12-06 18:04:00

HONOLULU, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientific recommendations for improving information on population status and fishing of sharks will be considered this week at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Scientists are recommending that the WCPFC adopt a three-phase shark research plan, identify species of concern, and make reporting on shark catches mandatory. Shark catch reporting has proved a challenge for some WCPFC member...

2010-09-22 15:49:00

More Shark Sanctuaries Needed to Protect the Ocean's Iconic Species NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Honduras and Palau, two countries that have stopped shark fishing in their waters, are urging the rest of the world to conserve the world's dwindling shark populations or run the risk of losing the ocean's top predator and throwing the marine food chain out of balance. To coincide with the High Level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to review the...

2010-06-26 12:56:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at the Aquarium of the Bay, shark advocates mark the launch of a new exhibit and shark conservation appeal featuring Sherman, the loveable shark of the syndicated cartoon, Sherman's Lagoon. An upcoming comic strip will urge US proposals for international shark conservation measures including better bans on "finning" (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea). The exhibit features a two-week long series of strips in which...

2009-07-15 14:38:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, nine shark "attack" victims from around the nation were brought to Washington, D.C. by the Pew Environment Group to promote the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850/H.R. 81), legislation which would strengthen the ban on shark finning in U.S. waters and encourage shark conservation programs around the world. The U.S. effort is part of a global campaign recently launched by Pew to stem the rapid decline of the world's sharks. "Sharks...

2009-07-15 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, nine shark "attack" victims from around the nation joined advocates in pushing for the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850/H.R. 81), which would strengthen the ban on shark finning in U.S. waters and encourage shark conservation programs around the world. "Sharks have evolved over 400 million years to become an 'apex predator' in the marine ecosystem, yet our fears help paint a grave picture for their future. It's time to replace...