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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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CMS listing not enough to protect sharks

Added to Press Releases on 29 October 2017

Global shark conservation coalition that includes the WWF welcomes new shark listings on UN wildlife treaty, while stressing urgent need for implementation

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WWF becomes a cooperating partner to the CMS Sharks MoU

Added to Updates on 24 October 2017

WWF today signed on to become Cooperating Partner to the Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The signing took place at the CMS Conference of the Parties meeting in Manila.

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WWF and TRAFFIC welcome CITES shark listings;
“now the real work begins”

Added to Press Releases on 04 October 2017

Four additional shark species, including all species of thresher sharks and the silky shark, today became officially protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), although WWF and TRAFFIC caution that progress in protecting such threatened species will only be meaningful if previous and current measures are implemented effectively.

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Dramatic increase in shark fin re-exports from Hong Kong to Macau

Added to Press Releases on 26 September 2017

Shark fin re-exports from Hong Kong to Macau rose a staggering 62 per cent year-on-year in 2016, up to 143,396 kilos from 88,029 kilos in 2015. This is the first time re-exports to Macau exceeded those to mainland China.

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Official statement from WWF Ecuador

Added to Press Releases on 23 August 2017

OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY THE DIRECTOR OF WWF ECUADOR ABOUT THE RECENT ARREST OF A CHINESE SHIP CARRYING ILLEGAL MARINE SPECIES INSIDE THE GALAPAGOS MARINE RESERVE Considering the recent arrest of a Chinese reefer refrigerated cargo ship with significant quantities of pelagic fish species in its holds, including internationally protected sharks, inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve, WWF publically rejects all forms of industrial fishing and the entrance of banned ships in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. These activities threaten the integrity of ecosystems and the biodiversity of this important UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

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Allen To/WWF Hong Kong
Allen To/WWF Hong Kong

Calls for better traceability after report identifies Singapore as world’s second largest shark fin trader

Added to Press Releases on 26 May 2017

Singapore is the world’s second largest shark fin trader by value after Hong Kong according to a new report by TRAFFIC and WWF, who are calling on Singapore to improve transparency in the global shark fin trade through more robust monitoring.

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Sulu Seas shark tourism expedition

Added to Blogs on 24 May 2017

By Andy Cornish

One of the more gratifying experiences for a conservationist is seeing the approaches you’ve developed coming into fruition in the real world, and having a positive effect.

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Workshop for southwest Indian Ocean sets stage for monitoring and conservation of sharks and rays

Workshop for southwest Indian Ocean sets stage for monitoring and conservation of sharks and rays

Added to Press Releases on 19 April 2017

Marine experts and conservationists from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), TRAFFIC, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), regional governments, and other groups have produced a status report and roadmap for protecting sharks and rays in the southwest Indian Ocean, one of the last remaining strongholds for these ancient creatures in the world’s oceans.

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Four new countries join WWF’s Pacific Shark Heritage Programme

Added to Press Releases on 05 April 2017

Four new countries have joined the WWF’s Pacific Shark Heritage Programme (PSHP), with Niue, Solomon Islands, PNG and Guam joining Fiji, Samoa, French Polynesia and Palau as full-fledged members.

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Ever wondered how to dive responsibly with sharks and rays?

Added to Blogs on 03 April 2017

By Ian Campbell

Even though I have logged too many dives to keep count, almost none of them have been for recreation. In my early diving days as a commercial diver, not a single dive was with the animals that had drawn me to study marine biology in the first place: sharks.

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World's first-ever best-practice guide for responsible shark and ray tourism released

Added to Press Releases on 03 March 2017

Project AWARE®, WWF and The Manta Trust are pleased to release Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice, the world’s first-ever guidelines for shark and ray tourism operators.

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Discovery of new shark species highlights need to protect Belize waters

Added to Press Releases on 15 February 2017

The discovery of a new shark species in Belize waters comes as a reminder of the need to protect the waters around the Central American country, home to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve system, the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.

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Not in their kitchens: 18,000+ hotels now ban shark fin

Added to Press Releases on 17 January 2017

Action taken by global hotel brands to ban shark fin dishes from their offerings over the last five years has gathered tremendous momentum, with over 18,000 international hotels having taken this declining group of species off their menus.

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