Multiple insults to shark populations - fisheries, habitat degradation, the fin trade, climate change - are believed to be interacting to cause steep declines in the numbers of many species. It is difficult, however, to accurately estimate the population size of wide-ranging pelagic sharks. It is … Read more about Fisheries Harvest of Shortfin Mako Sharks
Shark meat consumption is bad for sharks of course, millions of sharks are killed each year for the shark meat and fin trade, but it’s also bad for people. I’ve written before about the way heavy metals and organic pollutants like PCBs concentrate in animals high up on the food chain. Shark meat … Read more about Another Reason (If You Needed One) Not to Eat Shark
Https://www.facebook.com/touchedbyashark/videos/1474850109206188/ This documentary reaches into the lives of 5 men and how they were touched by a shark as they also describe the nature of a shark and the issues the shark faces in today's environment. Produced by Valeo Films Inc. for Rette den … Read more about Touched by a shark
The current issue of Ocean Geographic magazine has an article on the CITES CoP17 conference written by SRI Director of Science & Research Dr. Jennifer Schmidt. … Read more about CITES CoP17 Report
We hear so much bad news about sharks – populations of many species have declined to historic lows, finning occurs in numerous countries, bycatch continues to threaten shark species, shark fishing tournaments are conducted for sport here in the US. When a bit of good news about sharks comes along … Read more about Some Good News for Sharks!
We are heartbroken to report the death of SRI Advisory Board member Rob Stewart. Last Tuesday (January 31st), Rob and a group of friends were diving six miles off Islamorada, Florida, on the wreck of the Queen of Nassau in 225 feet of water. Rob was using a rebreather while shooting footage for his … Read more about Heartbreaking news about Rob Stewart
Famed wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum donated a print of this award-winning image to the Shark Research Institute's Winter Auction to raise funds for shark conservation. The print sold for $1,000! Amos encourages other photographers to join him in supporting shark conservation with similar … Read more about Photographer Amos Nachoum donates for Shark Conservation
A short post today to tell you about the long residency of an individual whale shark at the Ningaloo Reef feeding aggregation in Western Australia. These huge animals require an enormous amount of their planktonic food, and so they travel the seas between sites where rich food sources are … Read more about Stumpy Returns
For many years it was believed that there was a single species of manta ray distributed globally in the oceans, Manta birostris, the Giant manta ray. This was despite the fact that there is a significant range of manta size across different locations, and that some mantas appear to be migratory … Read more about Catching Some Rays in Mexico
Statement translated from the original Japanese To: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yuji Yamamoto, Director-General of Fisheries Agency Kazuo Sato We, Iruka & Kujira (Dolphin & Whale) Action Network, Greenpeace Japan and a collective of Japanese … Read more about Japanese NGO Joint Statement Regarding the IWC Meet 66 (Being held in Slovenia, October 20-28)
Well, CITES is over....all shark and ray proposals were ratified without challenge. A huge victory for sharks at CoP17! Other proposals we’ve championed - the movement of all pangolin species to Appendix I, blocking all trade in African grey parrots, the failure to reopen ivory markets in Namibia … Read more about A huge victory for sharks at CoP17!
In a packed conference room yesterday, the CITES membership voted to continue to protect the African elephant and limit future trade in elephant ivory, but voting failed to move all remaining elephant populations to CITES Appendix I. Three proposals were introduced at CoP17 concerning trade in … Read more about TRADE EXEMPTIONS FOR ELEPHANT IVORY BLOCKED, BUT MOVE TO APPENDIX I FAILS!