Shark census

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=197747

4 April 2012

THE seas around our 300-plus islands are abuzz with anticipation for the Great Fiji Shark Count. From tourism operators, adventurers, marine researchers, coastal fishermen, deep sea anglers, anyone with a love for the blue and the wonders living in it, it’s a time to check who is alive down there, and how many.

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‘We didn’t know touching whale sharks was wrong’

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/171535/we-didnt-know-touching-whale-sharks-was-wrong

3 April 2012

The small coastal  barangay of North Granada in Boljoon town, southern Cebu, pleaded ignorance after being heavily criticized for mishandling a  whale shark that was stranded there.

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Indonesia’s Shark Fin Trade

http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4392&Itemid=202

3 April 2012

The lowly reef shark, it seems, is not a very dangerous beast despite its menacing appearance. It grows to be anywhere from 5 to 10 feet in length, constantly hunting squid and shellfish as well as almost any other type of fish haunting tropical reefs.

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Facebook photo of hapless whale shark sparks online outrage

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/171005/facebook-photo-of-hapless-whale-shark-sparks-online-outrage

2 April 2012

A Facebook photo of a girl riding atop a whale shark and assisted by a native in barangay Granada in Boljoon town, southern Cebu stirred up a tempest of outrage among the Filipino cyber community yesterday.

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New hammerhead shark species is identified

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/01/2725168/new-hammerhead-shark-species-is.html

1 April 2012

Nearly seven years ago, scientists from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center sampling sharks caught on charter boats off Fort Lauderdale stumbled on a startling discovery: some of the sharks that looked like scalloped hammerheads were actually a different, unidentified species.

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Shark fin bans

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2012/04/01/gIQAKfwcpS_graphic.html

1 April 2012

The movement to ban the sale and trade of shark fins is taking shape across the country, including in Maryland, where a bill passed the Senate this week and is pending in the House of Delegates.

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Maui man rescues shark

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/17300830/maui-man-rescues-shark

31 March 2012

A dive instructor working out of a Maui resort risked possible injury Monday when he cut loose a 5-foot white tip reef shark that was tethered by a fishing line to a reef off Kaanapali.

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Pacific Tuna Commission Protects Oceanic Whitetip Sharks, Not Whale Sharks

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/30/4379870/pacific-tuna-commission-protects.html

30 March 2012

Fishing nations of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) today agreed to protect oceanic whitetip sharks based on a U.S. proposal, while an Australian proposal to ban intentional setting of purse seine nets on whale sharks (to catch associated aggregations of tuna) was stalled by Japan.

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Guam among first to protect sharks

http://www.kuam.com/story/17291875/guam-among-first-to-protect-sharks

29 March 2012

Roughly 60% of the world’s tuna is supplied by the Western and Pacific Regions. Key players from around the world meet to discuss ways to sustain tuna populations for the future.

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Australia moves to protect whales, dophins and whale sharks

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/onairhighlights/australia-moves-to-protect-whales-dophins-and-whale-sharks

29 March 2012

Figures prepared by Canberra estimate over 1000 whales and dolphins, as well as 56 whale sharks, died in 2009 as a result of tuna fishing in the region.

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