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Aug. 01/12


The number of basking sharks recorded in Britain's seas could be increasing, decades after being protected from commercial hunting in the late 20th century. The most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of basking shark sightings in UK waters, by the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Wave Action, is published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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Jul. 18/12

Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

The study says that by reducing the size of the global fishing fleet, eliminating harmful government subsidies, and putting in place effective management systems, global fisheries would be worth US$54bn each year, rather than losing US$13bn per year.

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Jul. 22/12

KOTA KINABALU: The shark population in Sabah waters has dwindled significantly in the last 20 years, a forum was told recently.

And the time has come for a “balanced” alternative to be reached consensually for the shark species to thrive and be protected.

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Jul. 03/12

HONG KONG — China said Tuesday that it would prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup, an expensive and popular delicacy blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations.

The ban, reported by Xinhua, the state-run news agency, could take as many as three years to take effect, and it remains unclear how widely it will be adhered to across a sprawling nation where orders issued by Beijing are often shrugged off by officials in faraway regions and provinces.

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Jul. 20/12

NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette arrived back in its homeport of Honolulu  a few days ago after a month in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The team of 17 scientists collected nearly 50 metric tons of marine debris, which threatens monk seals, sea turtles and other marine life in the coral reef ecosystem, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). NOAA has conducted annual removal missions of marine debris in the NWHI since 1996 as part of a coral restoration effort.

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Jul. 12/12

Ten species – including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention

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.

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Jul. 04/12

Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, examined stomach contents of beached northern fulmars on the coasts of British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington and Oregon, U.S.A.

"Like the canary in the coal mine, northern fulmars are sentinels of plastic pollution in our oceans," says Stephanie Avery-Gomm, the study's lead author and a gr MORE

Jun. 20/12

The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives announced at the Rio+20 summit it would create the world's biggest marine reserve to protect its fisheries and biodiversity.

"I would like to announce today Maldives will become the first country to become a marine reserve," President Mohamed Waheed said in a speech.

"It will become the single largest marine reserve in the world. This policy will allow only sustainable and eco-friendly fishing. MORE

Jun. 22/12

A carpet and a petrol can were among the items Newquay Dive recovered from the waters during its second Dive Against Debris.

The event targeted the reef underneath the Headland and Little Fistral Beach.

During two dives in four hours the team found eight bags of rubbish weighing in at a total of 16kg.

Members of the Dive Newquay club in the UK also collected miscellaneous pieces of debris including rubber, plastics and fishing lead.

Organisers and dive instructors James Taylor and Veronika Kruse said they were pleased with the outcome.

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Jun. 20/12

Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. MORE