I recently returned from South Africa where I attended a conference and a workshop to help better understand current and develop new, much needed, global conservation strategies for sharks, as well as mantas and devil rays. In the past month, Project AWARE has joined leading researchers and policy experts to envision the future, verbalize clear goals, and discuss the actions needed to protect these species.
Conservationists have vowed to continue the fight against Western Australia’s shark kill policy, despite being dealt another blow in a bid to end the so-called cull.
After earlier losing a legal bid to have the baited drumlines off the WA coast removed, on Wednesday the state’s Environmental Protection Authority declined to formally assess the program which has claimed over 100 sharks since the start of the year.
On 13th December 2013, the Australian Government took a major step backwards for marine conservation, suspending the implementation of management plans for the 33 new marine parks, including parks in the Coral Sea, the Kimberley and the Great Australian Bight. These management plans outline the levels of protection the parks provide to fragile ocean habitat and the marine species within them.
What happens to shark and ray species when decision makers don’t follow scientific advice? How can science support sustainable shark and ray management? These were some of the questions addressed during this year’s European Elasmobranch Association’s (EEA) annual conference held in Plymouth UK from 1st to 3rd November where shark scientists and advocates from all corners of the globe came to discuss the latest in shark science and conservation.
They did! More than 50,000 runners finished the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3, making this years race the largest marathon ever. Among them, a team of passionate divers, shark lovers and competitive runners crossed the finish line in support of shark conservation.
Twelve months before the entry into force of CITES regulations on shark and rays, the European Union approves a 1.2 million euro project to ensure their effective implementation. Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and the United States have also offered support and technical assistance.
The 178 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are preparing for the implementation of the shark and ray listings that they adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock , Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP) has ordered the implementation of management and ordering measures of the incidental catches of hammerhead shark in Ecuadorian waters.
The species covered by the Ministerial Agreement N° 116 are two: scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) and smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena).
Alsalcio Northia frente Playa Mann
San Cristóbal Island
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
0° 54' 32.6916" S, 89° 37' 5.61" W
Results of our Ocean Action Project on the movement behavior of juvenile blacktip sharks will be presented to local authorities, the Galapagos National Park, the municipality and the general public at:
Science & Conservation in the Galapagos Islands:
A Summer Seminar Series at the Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island
Sponsored by the Galapagos National Park & the Galapagos Science Center