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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...

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2010-12-02 10:07:55

Adolescent great white sharks may be too weak to capture and kill large marine mammals The jaws of adolescent great white sharks may be too weak to capture and kill large marine mammals, according to a new study published in the Journal of Biomechanics by an international team of scientists. The researchers also found that, unlike mammals, sharks can maintain high bite forces no matter how widely their jaws are open, thanks to a unique jaw muscle arrangement that has helped them to be among...

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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 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 09:31:34

Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Alabama have discovered one reason why sharks are such great hunters--flexible scales that allow them to change direction without having to slow down. During a presentation at the annual American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) conference in California on Tuesday, Alabama researcher Amy Lang illustrated how the scales help control water flow separation throughout a shark's body, allowing it to turn...

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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...

2010-11-10 10:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raising global awareness for shark conservation, Aquarium of the Bay collected and is sending more than 3,600 individualized letters to the National Marine Fisheries Service, urging international bans on shark finning, which kills an estimated 100 million sharks each year. The letters, many embellished with hand-drawn artwork, were gathered in the Aquarium's special Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny exhibit. "We're pleased that so many...

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...

2010-09-13 09:46:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark attack survivors hailing from five countries are pushing the United Nations to adopt measures to protect sharks. The survivors-turned-advocates, brought together by the Pew Environment Group, are calling for countries to end the fishing of sharks threatened or near-threatened with extinction, stop the practice of finning and better manage fisheries to ensure long-term sustainability. Commercial fisheries target sharks throughout the...

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2010-09-08 11:18:25

Docile filter-feeder is the second largest known shark species NOAA's Fisheries Service has designated the eastern North Pacific basking shark, a "species of concern" because it has suffered a dramatic decline in population despite decreasing fishing pressure. The label "species of concern" may be given to a species when there are concerns regarding the population status. The eastern Pacific basking shark is not being considered for listing pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, rather it is...


Latest Sharks Reference Libraries

Epaulette Shark, Hemiscyllium ocellatum
2013-10-15 11:50:38

The Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a species of longtailed carpet shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae, found in shallow and tropical waters off Australia and New Guinea. The common name of this shark comes from the very large and white-margined black spot behind each pectoral fin, which remind one of military epaulettes. As a small species, it usually measures under 3.3 feet long. The epaulette shark has a slender body with a short head and broad, paddle-shaped paired...

Barbeled Houndshark, Leptocharias Smithii
2013-01-12 08:59:55

The barbeled houndshark is found off the western coast of Africa from Mauritania to northern Angola, occasionally found in the Mediterranean Sea. It lives on the sea floor generally around river mouths where the bottom is muddy at depths up to 246 feet, and the water temperature is 68 - 81 °F. The barbeled houndshark is a very active swimmer having a slender body, long tail, the eyes are oval and set horizontally on the head; behind each eye there is a tiny sphere. It has a long arched...

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2007-06-24 20:50:57

The Nurse Shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, is a shark in the nurse sharks family, the only member of its genus Ginglymostoma. It may reach a length of 14.1 ft (4.3 m). Taxonomy The name nurse shark is thought to be a corruption of nusse, a name which once referred to the Catsharks of the family Scyliorhinidae. The nurse shark family name, Ginglymostomatidae, derives from the Greek words for hinge and mouth. Distribution and habitat The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling...

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2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include streams and rivers in Southeast Asia (Sumatra, Thailand, Borneo, Malaysia, etc.) Aquarium Care...

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2007-03-12 21:19:07

The Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) is a carnivorous fish that is a horse mackerel and belongs to the Carangidae family of fishes. It is widely distributed and lives in warm or tropical open seas. The Pilot fish is known for following large vessels and sharks, where it feeds on parasites and leftovers. Its relationship with sharks has been described as nearly symbiotic: it is extremely rare that a shark will feed on a pilot fish, and smaller pilot fish are frequently observed swimming into...

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