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2010-03-23 14:00:00

The UN wildlife trade group shot down bids on Tuesday to regulate trade on two species of sharks threatened with extinction from overfishing, setting off backfire from angry conservation activists. Millions of hammerhead and white-tip sharks are taken from their ocean habitats every year, mainly for the growing demand for sharkfin soup, a delicacy in Chinese communities around the world. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected the US-sponsored...

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...

2010-03-01 10:52:00

WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, March 3 at 11 a.m. EST, the Pew Environment Group will host a press call to discuss international trade restrictions proposed for iconic marine species at the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference. During this meeting, which takes place in Doha, Qatar from March 13 - 25, government delegates from almost 200 countries will vote on the fate of more than 40 over-exploited species...

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2009-10-21 12:55:00

Environmental groups and international agencies are submitting their proposals to ban trade of certain products derived from endangered species. The proposals have been issued to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prior to its triennial meeting in Qatar next year. Tanzania and Zambia have requested to lift a trade embargo on ivory in order to control the amount of elephant tusks being traded internationally. Another primary concern in Qatar is expected to be...

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...

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2009-06-25 11:30:00

A major conservation survey assessed 64 species of open ocean sharks and rays and found that one third of them face extinction, including the great white shark. The study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported that species hunted on the high seas are particularly at great risk, with over half in danger of extinction. The IUNC named tuna and swordfish fisheries as the main culprits for their accidental "by-catch" of sharks. Sharks are also being increasingly...

2009-06-25 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today called for stronger shark conservation measures worldwide as a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies 35 out of 64 known pelagic shark and related ray species around the world as threatened or near threatened with extinction.   The IUCN report was released just days before a joint meeting of the world's fishery managers in San Sebastian, Spain. The regional...

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2008-11-10 11:05:00

Sharks in the North Atlantic are in serious danger of being driven out of existence due to the fishing activities of nations such as Spain, Portugal, France and Britain, according to Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group said action must be taken immediately in order to change the current downward trend. Among new changes, the IUCN said tougher fishing controls would be needed in the European Union. A zero catch for spiny dogfish and all deepwater sharks...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'