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Jurgen Freund/WWF

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission must implement agreed actions to rein in overfishing

Added to Updates on 21 May 2018

In advance of the 22nd annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), WWF has issued a warning about the repeated failure of member states to implement the limits agreed by the Commission to halt overfishing of a number of key stocks, including yellowfin and bigeye tuna, among others. WWF understands that this matter is unlikely to be tabled for agreement at its meeting from 21-25 May in Bangkok and considers this unacceptable.

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Conservation actions highlighted at Second Indonesia Shark and Ray Symposium

Added to Updates on 04 April 2018

The Second Indonesia Shark and Ray Symposium wrapped up with calls for increased research-related improvements to the nation’s waters, such as an integrated research roadmap covering improved fishery data from West Indonesia, more studies on rays, and more research on social, economic and institutional factors affecting marine wildlife populations.

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James Morgan/WWF
James Morgan/WWF

EXPERT OPINION: Can the CITES process help in shark and ray conservation?

Added to Blogs on 29 March 2018

By Ian Campbell

While CITES is not the ‘silver bullet’ that will save all sharks and rays from extinction, it certainly can provide a driver to stimulate conservation efforts.

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Hong Kong shark fin imports down 50%

Added to Press Releases on 08 March 2018

WWF-Hong Kong’s decade long call for the public to stop eating shark fin, and for shipping companies to stop shark fin carriage, is showing promising results. The volume of shark fin imported into Hong Kong has declined from 10,210 tonnes in 2007 to 4,979 tonnes in 2017, a drop of over 50 per cent, according to latest figures from the Census and Statistics Department.

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Fiji taking leadership role in shark and ray conservation

Added to Updates on 05 March 2018

Ian Campbell, Manager of WWF’s Shark and Ray Initiative, Sharks: Restoring the Balance, WWF-Pacific, appeared on live TV in Fiji recently to note that Fiji is stepping up its efforts to drive environmental protection efforts on behalf of sharks and rays.

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WWF/TRAFFIC helps Chinese enforcement agencies enhance their shark fin identification skills

Added to Press Releases on 13 February 2018

More than 50 frontline enforcement officers from China’s Fishery Department of the Ministry of Agriculture (FAD) attended a fin identification and shark trade workshop hosted by relevant experts last week in Beijing. Co-organized by China’s CITES Management Authority and TRAFFIC, the training aimed to help Chinese government authorities improve their shark and ray identification techniques and learn more about international is shark and ray products.

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89 Singapore establishments to remove shark products

Added to Press Releases on 09 February 2018

Singapore’s shark movement just marked a significant win as F&B businesses take action against serving shark products. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), 89 Singapore-based establishments have committed to phasing out shark fin in 2018. These include brands such as Crystal Jade, Pan Pacific Hotels and foodpanda, whose policy applies across its 3,800 partner restaurants.

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Well spotted! Rare ornate Eagle ray sighting released

Added to Updates on 09 January 2018

Scientists from the Philippine-based marine conservation organization LAMAVE have recently released video footage of their 2017 encounter with the rarely seen and endangered Ornate Eagle Ray (Aetomylaeus vespertilio).

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WWF updates public on shark conservation progress at DRT Expo 2017

Added to Updates on 18 December 2017

Attendees at the recent Dive and Resort Travel (DRT) Expo in Hong Kong learned about the WWF’s latest efforts to reduce demand for shark fins as well as the growing importance of ecotourism as a way to conserve sharks and rays.

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Shark finning loophole still open in Pacific

Added to Press Releases on 12 December 2017

A conservation measure to close a shark-finning loophole was defeated in Manila at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the international body that manages tuna fisheries in the Pacific.

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WWF Statement - Unacceptable rise in catch quota for bluefin tuna! WWF protests

Added to Updates on 21 November 2017

Lack of progress made to improve the fate of shortfin mako shark, blue shark and tropical tuna populations also cited in WWF reaction

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WWF promotes the conservation of whale sharks in Mafia to mark World Fisheries Day 2017

Added to Press Releases on 17 November 2017

Research results have identified environmental and other factors affecting presence of whale sharks in Mafia Island - one of the world’s leading whale shark residency sites. The large fish’s existence is threatened, among other factors, by fisheries activities; a main source of livelihood for many of Mafia island’s community members.

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Here’s why all eyes are on Mafia Island Whale Sharks this World Fisheries Day!

Added to Blogs on 17 November 2017

By Dr. Mathias Igulu

Since 1965, WWF-Tanzania’s marine programme has worked in and with coastal communities to conserve their precious fisheries and marine resources and improve livelihoods. There are several different approaches we use to realise our different conservation goals and in this blog, I would like to focus on whale shark conservation work and why it is important in Tanzania.

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Using technology to save the oceans: new tool to detect illegal fishing

Using technology to save the oceans: new tool to detect illegal fishing

Added to Press Releases on 15 November 2017

DETECT-IT is a new data analytics tool that will help businesses, non-governmental organizations, customs officers, law enforcement and fisheries officials to search quickly through fish trade data to identify potential illegally caught and traded fish products around the world.

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Shortfin mako and blue shark management improvements needed at ICCAT

Added to Updates on 13 November 2017

A summary overview of the WWF shark-focused position (link included) that encourages ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) to finalize the adoption of important amendments to the Convention that will enable the Commission to manage all shark fisheries and adopt a precautionary approach and ecosystem-based management for its future decisions. The 25th Regular Meeting of ICAAT will be held 14-22 November 2017.

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