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2011-06-29 08:00:00

Shark populations over the last 50 years have decreased dramatically. From habitat degradation to overfishing and finning, human activities have affected their populations and made certain species all but disappear. A new article in Current Issues in Tourism by Austin J. Gallagher and Dr. Neil Hammerschlag of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami study the impact of these apex predators on coastal economies and the importance of including conservation efforts...

2011-04-29 08:15:00

Studies show that coastal sharks have "DNA zip codes" that can reveal where they were born; underscores potential of DNA testing to monitor fin trade STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team of scientists, led by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, has used DNA to determine that groups of dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscurus) and copper sharks (Carcharhinus brachyurus) living in different coastal regions across...

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2011-04-28 06:35:00

An international team of scientists have used DNA to determine that groups of dusky sharks and copper sharks living in different coastal regions across the globe are in fact separate populations of each species. Both groups are heavily exploited for the shark fin trade, which claims tens of millions of animals every year to produce the Asian delicacy: shark fin soup. Many of these fish are declining rapidly as a result of pressures of fishing for their fins. The dusky shark is classified by...

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...

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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2010-09-08 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...

2010-03-09 10:58:00

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a move lauded by the Pew Environment Group, the Maldives today declared its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), 90,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean, as a shark sanctuary free from all shark fishing and also banned all imports and exports of shark fins. The Maldives is home to more than 30 shark species, including the scalloped hammerhead, the most prominent shark to be considered for protection at the upcoming meeting of the Convention...

2009-08-13 14:35:59

Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the U.S. East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists and fishery resource managers to monitor shark populations and their role in marine ecosystems.NOAA scientists from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) lab in Narragansett, R.I., recently conducted their ninth coastal shark survey from Florida to Delaware. ...

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...


Latest Silky shark Reference Libraries

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2007-03-13 10:23:08

The Dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus, is one of the larger species of shark, reaching 771.62 lb (350 kg). The Dusky shark is also known as the Black whaler and Dusky whaler. Less frequently used names include Bay-shark, Brown dusky shark, Brown shark, Common whaler, and Dusky ground shark. Physical description The dusky shark has a long streamlined body that is brown or gray above and white below. On the side of the body a stripe can be seen from the pelvic fins to the head. They can...

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2007-03-13 10:15:41

The Oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, is a large pelagic shark of tropical and warm temperate seas. It is a stocky shark, most notable for its long, white tipped rounded fins. This aggressive but slow-moving fish dominates feeding frenzies, and has attacked more humans than all other shark species combined "” it is a notable danger to survivors of oceanic ship wrecks and downed aircraft. Recent studies have shown that its numbers are in steep decline "” its large fins...

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2007-03-13 10:02:30

The Galapagos shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis, is a species of requiem shark. It was first named in 1905 after specimens were found in the seas around the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos shark is dark grey on top with an off-white belly and a black tail edge. Their average length is around 10 ft(3 m). They are benthic feeders, meaning they hunt prey from the sea floor, such as fish and octopuses. Adult Galapagos sharks are also cannibalistic, feeding on their own young if encountered. The...

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2007-03-13 10:00:09

The Silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformis, is a large pelagic shark of tropical and warm temperate seas. Distribution This species is found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate > 73.4 °F (> 23 °C) seas. It is usually pelagic, but sometimes approaches the coast, especially at remote offshore islands. It is found to depths of at least 1640.42 ft (500 m). Appearance This shark has a large 'typical' shark body, slender with 'silky' smooth skin. It is brown-grey dorsally and...

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2007-03-13 09:57:29

The Copper shark, Bronze whaler, or Narrowtooth shark, Carcharhinus brachyurus, is a large shark of the Carcharhinidae family, found in subtropical seas and oceans worldwide, except the eastern coast of North America and the northern Indian Ocean. Their length is up to about 11.48 ft (3.5 m) and they can weigh up to 661.39 lb (300 kg). The Bronze whaler has a blunt broad snout, narrow bent cusps on the upper teeth, and no interdorsal ridge. They are gray to bronze in color on the back, and...

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