Monday, European Union nations backed a complete ban on the practice of removing sharks' fins before throwing the fish back into the sea to die.
The EU nations said they want all boats in their waters and EU-registered boats anywhere in the world to land sharks with their fins attached. The proposals still need the support of the European Parliament before they can become law.
EU fisheries chief Maria Damanaki said the law would "ease control and help us eradicate shark finning," which she called cruel to the animals and a vast waste of resources.
2012 Project AWARE Beach Cleanup with local residents of Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia. This year's event is sponsored by BANK ISLAM Malaysia and expected to draw more than 500 participants.
The starting point of the event will be at Teluk Gadong, Dungun, near UITM at 8.00am on 13 April 2012, where a briefing will be given by Mohd Halimi Abdullah, Ocean Elements' Director and Scuba Instructor. Participants will then be assigned the "zone" to cover along the 8.5km stretch of beach, from Teluk Gadong to Teluk Lipat. The event is expected to end by 11.30am.
Project AWARE is pounding the pavement to make the ocean safer for some of the most overexploited sharks. We have less than a year to secure international trade protections for sharks at the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CITES CoP16) to be held in March 2013, Thailand.
The spectacular snouts of sawfish are revealed as complete hunting weapons, sensing prey and killing them.
The saws, which can grow more than a metre long in some species, have previously been identified as able to sense prey by their electric fields.
Now, researchers have filmed the fish impaling prey on the teeth of the saws.
They suggest in Current Biology that sawfish are more active hunters than previously thought, which could help in their much-needed MORE
Sharks are among the most threatened of marine species worldwide due to unsustainable overfishing. They are primarily killed for their fins to fuel the growing demand for shark fin soup, which is an Asia delicacy. A new study by University of Miami (UM) scientists in the journal Marine Drugs has discovered high concentrations of BMAA in shark fins, a neurotoxin linked to neurodegenerative diseases in humans including Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS).
Sharks are known for being ruthless, solitary predators, but scientists say the reality is the opposite.
A new study revealed that some sharks enjoy complex social lives that include longstanding relationships and teamwork.The study documents how one population of blacktip reef sharks is actually organized into four communities and two sub-communities.
The research found for the first time that adults of a reef-associated shark species form stable, long-term social bonds.