Monthly Archives: May 2011

Largest group of largest fish shows Mexican waters importance

http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/largest-group-largest-fish-shows-mexican-waters-importance/919/ 26 May 2011 Scientists have recorded the world’s largest gathering of whale sharks – the largest fish in the seas – who have got together around Mexico’s Yucutan Peninsula for a very good reason: to eat. Advertisements

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NOAA Fisheries encourages fishermen to release shortfin mako sharks alive

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110523_shortfinmakosharks.html 25 May 2011 NOAA’s Fisheries Service today launched a voluntary program to encourage commercial and recreational fishermen to safely release Atlantic shortfin mako sharks alive and report the releases to NOAA for posting on an online map

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New Fishing Hook Reduces Accidental Shark Catch

http://www.livescience.com/14332-fishing-hook-reduces-shark-catch-bts.html 25 May 2011 Scientists have developed a new type of fishing hook to reduce the number of sharks accidently caught from commercial fishing. The special hook, called “SMART Hook™” (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated Hook), combines two shark repellent technologies, … Continue reading

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Swimming With Whale Sharks

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Swimming-With-Whale-Sharks.html 25 May 2011 At the moment, Rafael de la Parra has but one goal: to jump into water churning with whale sharks and, if he can get within a few feet of one, use a tool that looks rather … Continue reading

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Tracking Whale Sharks With Astronomical Algorithms

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/05/whale-shark-tracking/ 24 May 2011 With the help of algorithms designed to guide the Hubble telescope’s starscape surveys, conservation-minded coders have designed software that helps biologists identify whale sharks by their spots.

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California Assembly bans sale of shark fins

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/california-assembly-bans-shark-fins/2011/05/23/AFFu429G_story.html 23 May 2011 The California Assembly voted Monday to ban the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins, handing a victory to environmentalists who have been lobbying to curtail a trade that targets sharks to produce an Asian delicacy.

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A Whale Of An Innovation

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/2051994/a_whale_of_an_innovation/index.html 23 May 2011 The speckle-skinned whale shark, despite growing to lengths of up to 40 feet, is among the rarest and least understood fish species. Its name in Madagascar—“marokintana”—means “many stars.”

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