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2011-05-29 06:15:00

The U.S. rejected calls to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species on Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that while it was worried about overfishing it did not fear imminent extinction. Environmental groups repeatedly voiced concern that the global fad for Japanese food was driving the world's stocks of tuna to dangerously low levels and have tried hard to provide safeguard to preserve the species' survival. NOAA said it was putting...

2011-05-15 00:02:31

Effective next month, two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will enter the waters off the coast of Libya, an area declared to be in a state of war as NATO-backed rebel forces struggle to topple the despotic dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with the goal of intercepting bluefin tuna poachers and freeing any illegally caught fish in attempt to save the species from nearing extinction. Friday Harbor, WA (PRWEB) May 13, 2011 Effective next month, two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will...

2011-05-10 08:00:00

MANTA, Ecuador, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fisheries, research scientists and tuna fishers boarded a vessel in Manta, Ecuador today and will spend the next two months at-sea launching the next phase of a globally coordinated project to promote effective, practical techniques to reduce the environmental impact of tuna fishing. Purse seine vessels, which use large nets to catch fish, provide the world with millions of tons of tuna every year. When crews use floating objects that attract...

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2011-04-19 11:30:00

More than 40 species of fish that are native to the Mediterranean Seas are threatened with extinction in the next few years, according to a survey from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Overfishing, pollution and the loss of habitat are to blame for the possible disappearance of half of the species of sharks and rays as well as at least 12 species of bony fish, report the AP. Although some of the endangered sharks and rays are not commercially valuable, they are...

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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,...

2010-11-27 11:16:00

Shark protections important, but not enough PARIS, Nov. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued this statement today in response to decisions made at this year's meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. "ICCAT member governments today adopted measures to protect oceanic whitetip and hammerhead sharks, but were unable to provide real protection for Atlantic...

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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2010-11-24 12:40:00

According to a new report based on genetic analysis, 30 percent of cannned tunas tested in a dozen countries were mislabeled or had other irregularities. Some of the 50 brands sampled contained different species of tuna across the same product, or had two different species in the same can. Some cans labeled as skipjack also had bigeye or yellowtail tuna, both species with declining populations.  The independent report was timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the International...

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2010-11-22 12:35:00

According to a new report, at least 1.3 million sharks were harvested from the Atlantic in 2008 by industrial-scale fisheries unhampered by catch or size limits. The study, which was released by advocacy group Oceana, said the actual figure may be higher due to under-reporting. Oceana released the report at a meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The 48-member ICCAT is responsible for ensuring that commercial fisheries are...

2010-11-16 10:18:00

Mismanagement Fails Atlantic Fish and Fishermen PARIS, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) begins in Paris, the Pew Environment Group is urging ICCAT member nations to create spawning ground sanctuaries for Atlantic bluefin tuna, suspend this imperiled fishery, strengthen conservation measures for sharks and stop illegal fishing. For the past 30 years, ICCAT member countries have...