Press Releases

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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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 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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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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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 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

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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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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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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