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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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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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WCPFC rejects proposal to protect Pacific sharks from finning

Added to Press Releases on 12 December 2016

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) has rejected a proposal to strengthen rules that would help eliminate shark finning, the practise of removing a shark’s fins, and discarding the body at sea.

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