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2013-03-01 12:22:12

Pew calls for action at CITES to prevent species from being traded to extinction BANGKOK, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to scientific findings released today in the peer-reviewed journal Marine Policy, the number of sharks killed each year in commercial fisheries is estimated at 100 million, with a range between 63 million and 273 million. The authors also warn that the rate of fishing for shark species, many of which grow slowly and reproduce late in life, exceeds...

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...

2012-11-22 08:20:22

STRASBOURG, France, Nov. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Conservation groups are celebrating today's European Parliament vote to close loopholes in the European Union ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea), the culmination of six years of campaigning and debate. Members of the European Parliament voted 566-47 in favor of the European Commission's proposal to impose the best practice for finning ban enforcement: a prohibition on removing shark...

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...

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2009-04-27 13:58:30

Wildlife campaigners are welcoming plans for new curbs on the practice of removing fins from live sharks, BBC News reported. "Finning" involves cutting fins off of living sharks and dumping the low-value carcass at sea. On Thursday, a meeting in Brussels drew up an action plan on finning, which results in the deaths of the sharks "” which are often exported to China where they are used make shark-fin soup. The plans for Scottish waters went further, only giving permission in...

2009-04-22 11:25:00

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today applauded Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) introduction of the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (companion of legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Madeline Bordallo of Guam) on the day before the EU Fisheries Ministers consider a new Plan of Action for Sharks that covers all European Union Member States' waters. "Sharks, the top predators in the marine environment, are rapidly disappearing from the world's...