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Study investigates illegal shark fishing Photo

Study investigates illegal shark fishing

A study published in the journal Fisheries Research investigates the beliefs , attitudes and behaviors of land-based shark anglers. The authors studied posts on an online fishing forum. The posts show that there is a widespread disregard for legal regulation of what they catch. The authors counted 389 examples of “illegal fishing activity” being openly discussed on the forum between 2010 and 2015. ((Image from Shutterstock.)

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New study shows high mortality rate of mako sharks Photo

New study shows high mortality rate of mako sharks

A paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the fishing mortality rate for shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is significantly higher than has been thought. Researchers found that 30 to 40% of satellite tagged sharks were being captured in fisheries, which when extrapolated, means that the number being killed is 10 times higher than previously believed. (Image from Shutterstock.)

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Dominican Republic bans shark fishing Photo

Dominican Republic bans shark fishing

The Dominican Republic has announced a ban on the fishing and trading of sharks, rays, parrotfish and sea urchins within its waters. FIS has also reported that the trade of any derivate products, including import and export will be banned. The sharks fishing ban is for an indefinite period, whereas the other species have either a 2 or 5 year ban.

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Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage Photo

Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage

The operators of the cruise ship that struck the reef at Crossover off Kri, Raja Ampat in March have been fined Rp6 trillion (around US$450 million) according to Tempo. The Indonesian government is seeking this sum from the owners of the Caledonian Sky basing its calculation on four components to damages: ecosystem, economy and society, ecosystem rehabilitation costs and damage claim costs.

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Jellyfish Lake closure announced Photo

Jellyfish Lake closure announced

The Republic of Palau government has announced that the famous Jellyfish Lake (Ongeim’l Tketau) will remain closed to visitors. Severe drought had affected the numbers of endemic golden jellyfish in early 2016, and the continued closure is to allow the authorities “to better understand the factors negatively impacting the Jellyfish Lake and to inform appropriate policy decisions and management actions.” (Image from Shutterstock.)

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Three dead great white sharks at Gansbaai Photo

Three dead great white sharks at Gansbaai

Marine Dynamics has reported on its blog that three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) have been found dead over the past few days in the area around renown cage shark diving venue Gansbaai in South Africa’s Western Cape province.

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Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached Photo

Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached

Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia have recorded more bad news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is undergoing a further bleaching episode, primarily in the previously unaffected middle third of the reef. The northern end was bleached in 2016, so this leaves only the southern third unaffected.

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Paper studies fangblenny venom and its effects Photo

Paper studies fangblenny venom and its effects

A paper published in Current Biology examines the role, effects and evolution of the venom in Meiacanthus species fangblennies. It consists of three toxins, one of which causes a marked drop in blood pressure. Notably, the blennies only use this defensively and it has no application in their feeding.

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WWF Releases Shark and Ray Ecotourism Guidance. Photo

WWF Releases Shark and Ray Ecotourism Guidance.

he World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released guidelines entitled “Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice.” It aims to create well managed shark and ray tourism operations, conserve species and benefit local communities. The guide bases its findings on a case study basis which interestingly, do not include any of the common shark diving sites in the Bahamas, whilst suggesting that the interaction regulations in place during Mexico’s whale shark aggregation are adequate.

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