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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Shark Stewards Launches Shark Protection Campaign in Chicago

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9340741.htm

28 March 2012

Shark Stewards, a non-profit shark conservation organization based in California, announced the launch of its new Chicago-based chapter to support shark conservation in Illinois.

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