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Scientific Paper: Toxic Sharks

Back in June 2013, fisherman caught an enormous female shortfin mako shark off Huntington Beach, California.  The small group of fisherman were filming for Outdoor Channel reality television show, ‘Jim Shockey’s The Professionals’.  Many had wondered why the...
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EU loophole allows precious shark fins to be smuggled into the UK

It’s pretty scary to know that this is a major way that restaurants are obtaining shark fins for the menus. There is simply no other foodstuff on the list of personal imports that compares to the sharkfin loophole in terms of quantity and value.  It is estimated that 20kg...
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Interesting Shark Study in the Bahamas

The Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Shark Research and Conservation program just published an interesting article detailing a single observation made in the Bahamas during one of their studies back in 2012. While sampling sharks off South Eleuthera, the research team was using...
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Shark Fin Trade Now Extinct in Texas!

More great news from Texas!  We recently reported on our blog from June 1st that the proposed shark fin ban flew through the Texas Senate with an overwhelming 24-7 vote.  The final stage in the legislation was for Texas state governor, Greg Abbott to sign the bill into law, which...
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Great Hammerhead Sharks: Killing for Sport

A large and very pregnant, great hammerhead shark was recently killed by a group of fisherman in Destin Florida, aboard the boat Phoenix.  The catch occurred greater than 3 miles offshore so current legislation to protect against this was irrelevant.  This shows how ineffective...
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Shark Fin Ban likely in Texas

Great news on the political front in Texas.  The shark fin bill, #HB1579 flew through the Senate with a 27 – 4 vote, according to a Texas newspaper.  The bill was sponsored by Texas Democrat Eddie Lucio III and strongly supported by Senator Eddie Lucio, his father.  This...
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Philippines may put an end to Shark Fin Soup

MANILA, Philippines — Shark fin soup and other dishes from sharks and rays may soon disappear from the menu in restaurants and banquets if a bill pending at the House of Representatives becomes a law. House Bill 5206 or the Sharks and Ray Conservation Act bans catching,...
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Illegal shark fins confiscated in Costa Rica

One week ago, on November 19th, inspectors from SENASA, the National Animal Health Service, discovered shark fins from protected species in cargo being exported to Hong Kong. The fins included those from the oceanic whitetip shark as well as several types of hammerheads. These...
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Dusky Shark Rescue featured by Oceana

We were thrilled to share the story of Atlas with Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.  They recently launched a campaign to bring awareness of the serious population declines of the dusky shark, and their desperate need...
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Sharks & Rays – New Protections

The Humane Society International helps to implement new protections for Sharks and Rays CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora granted historic new protections to 5 species of shark this past September. They include the Oceanic...