Press Releases

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[Baby Step for Blue Sharks, New Voices Against Finning at Atlantic Tuna Meeting]

Baby Step for Blue Sharks, New Voices Against Finning at Atlantic Tuna Meeting

21 Nov 2016

PORTUGAL// ICCAT fishery managers aim to cap North Atlantic Blue Shark catch as momentum to ban at-sea fin removal grows.

[Conservationists welcome shark and ray listings at CITES CoP after 13 species listed in Plenary]

Conservationists welcome shark and ray listings at CITES CoP after 13 species listed in Plenary

05 Oct 2016

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA // Conservationists are delighted that CITES* Parties have officially listed devil rays, thresher sharks, and the silky shark under CITES Appendix II. The listing proposals were supported by more than the two-thirds majority required for adoption in Committee on Monday, and finalised today in Plenary.

[Northwest Atlantic Fishing Countries Take Action for Sharks]

Northwest Atlantic Fishing Countries Take Action for Sharks

23 Sep 2016

CUBA// In a rare vote, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) has adopted a proposal for a stronger shark finning ban by an overwhelming margin, despite objections from Japan.

[Conservation Groups Call for More Protection For Rays as well as Sharks in New 10-year Strategy]

Conservation Groups Call for More Protection For Rays as well as Sharks in New 10-year Strategy

15 Feb 2016

COSTA RICA// A group of experts from international conservation organizations is announcing a new strategy for combating the decline of sharks and closely related rays, while warning that the rays are even more threatened and less protected than the higher profile sharks. Image © Doug Perrine.

[Japan Blocks 4 out of 5 Shark Conservation Proposals at Atlantic Tuna Meeting]

Japan Blocks 4 out of 5 Shark Conservation Proposals at Atlantic Tuna Meeting

17 Nov 2015

ST JULIAN'S, MALTA// Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have once again failed to adopt scientific advice and best practices to safeguard several species of oceanic sharks.

[Progress Toward a Stronger Shark Finning Ban at NAFO]

Progress Toward a Stronger Shark Finning Ban at NAFO

25 Sep 2015

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA// An effort by the European Union and the United States to better prevent shark “finning” gained support from Cuba and Norway during this week’s annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

[British Public Uncover 75,000 Shark Eggcases on British Beaches]

British Public Uncover 75,000 Shark Eggcases on British Beaches

16 Jul 2015

UK// The Shark Trust urges more people to join the hunt for mermaid’s purses and help discover more about British sharks, skates and rays. Image © SGHaywood Photography.

[Atlantic Fishery Managers Fail Sharks Yet Again]

Atlantic Fishery Managers Fail Sharks Yet Again

17 Nov 2014

ITALY// ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, Porbeagles under-protected, and finning ban weak. Image © Joe Romeiro.

[Shark and Skate Conservation Proposals Fail at NAFO]

Shark and Skate Conservation Proposals Fail at NAFO

26 Sep 2014

SPAIN// Northwest Atlantic fishing powers meeting this week in Europe’s largest fishing port have rejected proposals to improve international safeguards for skates and sharks in the region.

[Sharks: No Limits? No Future!]

Sharks: No Limits? No Future!

01 Jul 2014

LONDON// Shark Trust Patron and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice will be presenting their views on uncontrolled shark fisheries today at a series of Shark Trust No Limits? campaign events - part of SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s annual Ocean of Stars.

[No Limits? to shark exploitation]

No Limits? to shark exploitation

27 May 2014

PLYMOUTH// The Shark Trust is launching its No Limits? campaign today in response to the crisis posed by unlimited and escalating shark fishing pressure.

[Sharks: among the world's most threatened vertebrates]

Sharks: among the world's most threatened vertebrates

21 Jan 2014

PLYMOUTH// The Shark Trust, the UK charity for shark conservation, identified today’s analysis of the IUCN Global Shark Red List Assessment as a wake-up call for shark conservation and management efforts. Image © Matt Newell.

[Atlantic Tuna Commission Fails Sharks Again]

Atlantic Tuna Commission Fails Sharks Again

25 Nov 2013

SOUTH AFRICA// Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the ICCAT failed to reach consensus on several shark conservation proposals, including EU bids to establish catch limits for Shortfin Makos and to prohibit retention of Porbeagles. Image Joe Romeiro.

[EU joins US in Effort to Strengthen Shark Finning Ban Atlantic Tuna Body]

EU joins US in Effort to Strengthen Shark Finning Ban Atlantic Tuna Body

14 Nov 2013

UK// The Shark Trust and Shark Advocates International are heralding news that the EU will join an effort spearheaded by the US and Brazil to strengthen the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) ban on shark finning. Image © Joe Romeiro.

[Shark Experts Descend on Plymouth]

Shark Experts Descend on Plymouth

31 Oct 2013

PLYMOUTH// This weekend 150 shark experts and delegates from all over the world will attend the annual European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) conference hosted by the Plymouth-based Shark Trust.

[Industry challenges skate and ray sustainability reporting]

Industry challenges skate and ray sustainability reporting

03 Sep 2013

UK// A recent report from the University of Salford, which was perceived to suggest that some skate and ray sold in UK supermarkets are from declining species, has been challenged by the UK fishing industry. Image © David Cook.

[Minister Champions Sharks]

Minister Champions Sharks

07 Jun 2013

PLYMOUTH// The Shark Trust has awarded Richard Benyon, UK Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, a coveted Shark Champion Award in recognition of his personal commitment to shark conservation. Image © Shark Trust.

[Stronger Shark Finning Ban Clears Final Hurdle in EU]

Stronger Shark Finning Ban Clears Final Hurdle in EU

06 Jun 2013

BRUSSELS// The European Council of Ministers today took the final step toward strengthening the EU ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea). Image © Linda Pitkin.

[Sharks in Focus 2013 - Calling all shark photographers!]

Sharks in Focus 2013 - Calling all shark photographers!

30 Apr 2013

UK// The Shark Trust is delighted to announce the launch of Sharks in Focus 2013 - the photography competition that aims to change attitudes about sharks through imagery. Image © Alec Connah.

[Join the Great Easter Eggcase Hunt!]

Join the Great Easter Eggcase Hunt!

21 Mar 2013

UK// This spring, the Shark Trust has teamed up with The Co-operative Membership to host a series of Great Eggcase Hunt events around the UK. Image © Mr Sands.

[White Smoke Billows for Sharks at CITES]

White Smoke Billows for Sharks at CITES

14 Mar 2013

BANGKOK// In a dramatic Plenary session, trade restrictions were adopted today for five species of sharks and two manta ray. Image © Michael Gallagher.

[Shark Proposals Adopted at CITES Committee Meeting]

Shark Proposals Adopted at CITES Committee Meeting

11 Mar 2013

BANGKOK// In a highly anticipated Committee vote today, proposals to list under CITES* five species of sharks were supported by more than the two-thirds majority of voting countries needed for adoption.

[Stronger Shark Finning Ban Endorsed in Landslide Vote by European Parliament]

Stronger Shark Finning Ban Endorsed in Landslide Vote by European Parliament

22 Nov 2012

STRASBOURG// 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. Image © Linda Pitkin.

[Close and Confusing Shark Finning Vote in European Parliament]

Close and Confusing Shark Finning Vote in European Parliament

19 Sep 2012

BRUSSELS// The European Parliament Fisheries Committee voted today in a puzzling and inconsistent manner on a suite of amendments that form their response to a European Commission proposal to strengthen the EU ban on shark "finning". Image © ScubaZoo.

[Minister Dives into Shark Conservation]

Minister Dives into Shark Conservation

08 Aug 2012

LONDON// Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon with Julie Girling Member of the European Parliament, took to the water today, to swim with sharks and demonstrate their support for shark conservation and for closing the loopholes in the EU ban on shark 'finning'.

[UK Fisheries Minister Champions Shark Protection]

UK Fisheries Minister Champions Shark Protection

15 Mar 2012

UK// As Europe debates the future of the EU ban on shark 'finning', the Shark Trust shows the UK Fisheries Minister the strength of public support from the Great British Public for closing the loopholes.

[Shark Finning Ban - European Commission Pushes to Close Loopholes]

Shark Finning Ban - European Commission Pushes to Close Loopholes

21 Nov 2011

EUROPE// The Shark Trust, a founder member of the Shark Alliance, welcomed today's long-awaited proposal from the European Commission for closing the loopholes in the European Union's ban on shark finning. Image © Fiona Ayerst.

[Wildlife law fails endangered sharks Safeguarding Scottish Sharks ]

Wildlife law fails endangered sharks Safeguarding Scottish Sharks

08 Aug 2011

UK// Critically Endangered sharks remain vulnerable as the Government fails to list them on the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(WCA). Image © Terry Jackson.

[Safeguarding Scottish Sharks ]

Safeguarding Scottish Sharks

24 Jun 2011

SCOTLAND// The Shark Trust applauds the Scottish Government's proposal for new rules to further protect vulnerable sharks, skates and rays. Image © Terry Jackson.

[Chinese Shark Champions]

Chinese Shark Champions

15 Apr 2011

CHINA// The Plymouth based Shark Trust has offered three 'Shark Champion' awards to leading Chinese figures who have started campaigning to control the trade in shark fins in China. Image © Helen Bunt.

[European Parliament Supports Strengthening the EU Finning Ban ]

European Parliament Supports Strengthening the EU Finning Ban

16 Dec 2010

EUROPE// The European Parliament today endorsed a resolution on shark finning that calls on the Commission to deliver a proposal to prohibit the removal of shark fins on-board vessels. Image © Enric Sala.

[EU advances protection for sharks and rays]

EU advances protection for sharks and rays

15 Dec 2010

EUROPE// The Shark Alliance welcomes Tuesday's decision by the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers to end all fishing for spurdog, to maintain the closure of the porbeagle shark fishery through 2011 and to reduce quotas for skates and rays. Image © Terry Jackson.

[ICCAT Actions Needed to Conserve Sharks]

ICCAT Actions Needed to Conserve Sharks

19 Nov 2010

PARIS// Leading shark conservation unions the Shark Alliance and the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) are calling for concrete measures to curb over-fishing of vulnerable Atlantic sharks at this week's meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Paris. Image © Jean Louis Danan.

[European Shark Week Opens With Call to

European Shark Week Opens With Call to "Focus on Finning"

08 Oct 2010

EUROPE// The Shark Alliance is marking the start of the fourth annual European Shark Week by calling on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to help strengthen the European Union's ban on finning.

[Members of the European Parliament launch call to close the loopholes in EU ban on shark 'finning']

Members of the European Parliament launch call to close the loopholes in EU ban on shark 'finning'

20 Sep 2010

STRASBOURG// Members of the European Parliament today launched an initiative to press for strengthening the EU ban on shark 'finning' – the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the carcass at sea.

[Shark Trust and National Marine Aquarium announce a 'Code of Conduct' for Basking Sharks]

Shark Trust and National Marine Aquarium announce a 'Code of Conduct' for Basking Sharks

18 May 2010

UK// The Shark Trust and National Marine Aquarium have joined forces to present a 'Code of Conduct' that aims to protect Basking Sharks from sea farers. Image © Colin Speedie.

[Sharks Denied CITES Protections]

Sharks Denied CITES Protections

25 Mar 2010

WORLDWIDE// Parties overturn Committee decision to list porbeagle sharks under CITES Appendices and confirm rejection of similar action for hammerhead, oceanic whitetip, and spiny dogfish sharks.

[Host Government  Shines Light into CITES Gloom]

Host Government Shines Light into CITES Gloom

22 Mar 2010

QATAR// Qatar is the host country for the 15th CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) conference being held in Doha between March 13–25. On March 21, the government of Qatar issued a decree giving complete protection for the Green Sawfish (Pristis zijsron) in Qatari waters. Image © The Deep.

[Thresher Sharks Protected by Indian Ocean Tuna Commission]

Thresher Sharks Protected by Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

05 Mar 2010

KOREA// “We congratulate the EU for championing groundbreaking protections for thresher sharks on the high seas,” said Ali Hood, Director of Conservation for the Shark Trust, a member of the Shark Alliance. Image © John Van Lent.

[Minister named 'Shark Champion']

Minister named 'Shark Champion'

04 Feb 2010

LONDON// The Shark Trust awards Huw Irranca Davies, UK Minister for Marine and Natural Environment, the status of ‘Shark Champion’.

[Shark Alliance Delivers European Citizens' Plea to Spain]

Shark Alliance Delivers European Citizens' Plea to Spain

27 Jan 2010

MADRID// Representatives from the Shark Alliance, an international shark conservation coalition, today delivered to Spanish authorities a petition signed by over 90,000 citizens.

[Ban on Shark Finning]

Ban on Shark Finning

01 Jan 2010

SCOTLAND// Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead today received the 'Shark Champion Award' in recognition of Scotland's new ban on the removal of fins from sharks at sea which came into force on January 1.

[UK Acts to End Shark Finning!]

UK Acts to End Shark Finning!

01 Dec 2009

UK// The Shark Trust marks European Shark Week 2009 by heralding a UK decision to lead in the battle against shark “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) with a complete ban on removal of shark fins at sea.