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26 Oct 2018
ROME, ITALY// In a groundbreaking decision, fishing nations gathered for the annual meeting of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) have adopted an EU proposal to strengthen the regional ban on “finning”.
Targeting Arctic Shark Banned by North Atlantic Fishery Managers
21 Sep 2018
ESTONIA// Fishery managers have taken conservation action for the Greenland shark - the species thought to have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate. Image © Saul Gonor, Seapics.com.
20 Apr 2018
UK// A year after denouncing Turkey for the landing of 30 Endangered Giant Devil Rays, the Shark League is applauding the country for announcing protections for this and 13 other species of rays and sharks.
22 Nov 2017
MOROCCO// Fishing nations gathered for the annual meeting of the ICCAT have failed to adopt recommended limits to protect shortfin mako sharks from overfishing or strengthen the regional ban on shark finning.
11 Oct 2017
LONDON// Scientists associated with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) today released their report on the status of Atlantic mako shark populations, revealing serious overfishing and depletion in the North Atlantic.
15 Mar 2017
LONDON// Conservation groups are calling for answers and action in relation to the landing in Turkey of 30 Giant Devil Rays in contravention of Mediterranean agreements to protect the Endangered species. Image © Project Aware, Daniel van Duinkerken.
15 Dec 2016
UK & CANARY ISLANDS// An Action Plan to save one of the world’s most threatened shark species from extinction was today unveiled by a partnership of leading conservation organisations. Image © Tom Young.
21 Nov 2016
PORTUGAL// ICCAT fishery managers aim to cap North Atlantic Blue Shark catch as momentum to ban at-sea fin removal grows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
17 Nov 2014
ITALY// ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, Porbeagles under-protected, and finning ban weak. Image © Joe Romeiro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
04 Feb 2010
LONDON// The Shark Trust awards Huw Irranca Davies, UK Minister for Marine and Natural Environment, the status of ‘Shark Champion’.
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.
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.
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.
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