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2011-01-26 23:01:00

After Ten Years International Plan to Save Sharks Still Not Implemented WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A decade after members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) approved an international plan to conserve sharks, a new analysis finds that it has yet to be fully implemented. With 30 percent of all shark species now threatened or near threatened with extinction, there is little evidence that the plan has contributed significantly to improved...

2011-01-26 20:16:00

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas Islands, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WildAid and Sharksavers congratulate Governor Fitial and the Legislature of the Northern Mariana Islands for passage of anti shark fin legislation. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/SF37292) In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Governor Benigno Fitial today signed into law an important bill - HB 17-94. This measure will prohibit possession and sale of shark fins in the Commonwealth...

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2010-12-22 06:05:00

The US Senate tightened laws against shark finning on Monday, hoping to save the ancient fish which experts say is teetering on the brink of extinction due to the growing demand for the shark fins in many Chinese restaurants. The removal of fins was already illegal in the United States but the new rules close a major loophole that permitted trade in the Pacific so long as sharks were not finned onboard the vessel. The bill sailed through the House of Representatives in early 2009 but had...

2010-12-20 16:13:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Shark Conservation Campaign, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate passing the Shark Conservation Act, which was introduced by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101220/DC20295) "The Senate has acted decisively today to help protect sharks, the predators at the top of the global marine food chain. The Shark...

2010-12-20 07:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Armed with more than 3,600 individualized letters from Aquarium of the Bay visitors, calling for international bans on shark finning, Sherman's Lagoon creator Jim Toomey will deliver the letters to NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab in Washington, DC this Tuesday. Following the delivery, Schwaab will discuss the efforts that NOAA is leading to conserve sharks. "Promoting awareness of shark conservation is not an easy task....

2010-12-07 15:07:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica (pronounced ya-MON-ja) today announced that Henry's Farmers Market, a growing Southern California grocery chain, has discontinued selling shark meat at its fresh seafood counter. The grocery chain took this important step in sustainability on September 2nd of this year after several meetings with Iemanya staff to discuss transitioning Henry's to sustainable seafood and receiving petitions by...

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...


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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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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