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New Shark Species Uses Fins To Walk On Ocean Floor
2013-09-02 10:34:52

[ Watch the Video: New Walking Shark Species Identified ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from Conservation International have discovered a new species of shark living in the waters of Indonesia. Unlike other sharks, however, this species has an unusual way of getting around; it walks. This ambulating aquatic creature uses its fins to gently glide across the sea floor on its belly as it searches for food and a place to rest. The newly discovered...

2013-05-30 20:20:33

Pew calls for shark sanctuary designations based on the new findings WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new global analysis led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and other scientists, shark watching is a major economic driver for dozens of countries, generating $314 million annually. Citing the study's projections that shark-related tourism could more than double within 20 years, generating over $780 million annually, The Pew...

New Shark Fin Protection For Five Species
2013-03-11 20:49:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Five shark species have received protection against finning trade, which causes millions of sharks to be killed every year. Over 170 nations gathered together at the world's biggest wildlife summit and voted to crack down on the finning trade, which supplies a key ingredient to the very popular shark-fin soup in Asia. The sharks, including three hammerhead species, the oceanic white tip and porbeagle, will require strictly...

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...

2012-11-22 08:20:06

BRUSSELS, Nov. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The European Parliament voted today to strengthen the European Union's ban on shark finning, the practice of slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea. 566 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the European Commission's proposal to close a loophole by requiring that fins be left naturally attached to all sharks landed by EU fishing vessels globally and by all vessels landing sharks in the EU. (Photo:...

2012-10-30 23:20:29

NOUMEA, New Caledonia, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research published today in the journal Conservation Biology presents the most comprehensive assessment of the status of Pacific shark populations to date. The paper, authored by Dr. Shelley Clarke and a team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, shows significant declines in catch rates for blue, mako, and oceanic whitetip sharks, as well as declining average sizes of oceanic whitetip and...