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Ask your MEP to vote to protect sharks today!

Ask your MEP to vote to protect sharks today!

Shark finning is a cruel and wasteful practice which involves sharks having their fins sliced off and their bodies tossed back into the sea, in some cases, whilst they are still alive. Members of the European Parliament will soon vote to close loopholes in the current EU shark finning legislation. This vote is a really […]

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Hong Kong airline to stop carrying shark fins as cargo

Hong Kong airline to stop carrying shark fins as cargo

Hong Kong airline Cathay ­Pacific is to stop carrying shark fins as cargo, bowing to pressure from conservation groups as China’s appetite for shark-fin soup soars. “Due to the vulnerable nature of sharks, their rapidly declining population, and the impacts of overfishing for their parts, our carriage of these is inconsistent with our commitment to […]

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Update from the Dutch Sharkatag

Update from the Dutch Sharkatag

Eleven charter boats, 230 participants, a truckload of ragworm, no less than 95 shark caught and substantial media interest. That’s the Dutch Sharkatag 2012 in a nutshell. Like our Scottish Sharkatag, the Dutch Sharkatag is a three day event; this year it took place over the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of August off the coast […]

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Tracking tagged basking sharks online

Tracking tagged basking sharks online

A total of 20 basking sharks have been tagged off the coast of Scotland in an attempt to learn more about this huge, poorly understood shark. Scientists from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter are now tracking the animals as part of a project to find out more about their life cycle. […]

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Great White Sharks to be tracked using surfing robots

Great White Sharks to be tracked using surfing robots

A surfing robot is being used to track great white sharks off the coast of California, US, by marine scientists. The mobile transmitter is the latest addition to an extensive programme of electronic tagging. Researchers aim to fine-tune 12 years of results with the self-propelled craft and raise public awareness of the area’s diverse wildlife. […]

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Some hope for tope in the med

Some hope for tope in the med

The EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention. The species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, have declined dramatically in numbers – some by as much as 99 per cent during the last century – while others have […]

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Cornish Basking Shark project underway

Cornish Basking Shark project underway

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s annual Seaquest Basking Shark project has got off to a flying start this year with more than 100 volunteers already trained and taking part over three months. Early reports suggest that basking sharks are back, in higher numbers than last summer with already 28 sightings in June by project volunteers. Cornwall Wildlife […]

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Manta Rays Tracked Using Satellite Tags

Manta Rays Tracked Using Satellite Tags

Very little is known about giant manta rays, the world’s largest of the ray species reaching up to 25 feet wide. Now, in the first study using satellite tracking of the creatures, scientists have teased out a few secrets, including that the beasts travel a lot. The new study tracked six manta rays — four […]

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