Shark Advocates International: Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Northeast U.S. fisheries for spiny dogfish sharks (Squalus acanthias)

Statement of Concern Re: Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Northeast U.S. fisheries for spiny dogfish sharks (Squalus acanthias) Background In August 2012, the MSC certified as “sustainable” U.S. federal and state (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina) longline, gillnet, and trawl fisheries taking spiny dogfish off the Northeast United…

The Wall Street Journal: Cathay to Restrict Shark-Fin Shipments, 5 Sept 2012

Cathay to Restrict Shark-Fin Shipments By JASON CHOW Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.  joined the growing corporate movement against the shark-fin trade, following several luxury-hotel companies and supermarket chains. The Hong Kong-based carrier said Wednesday it would “stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products.” “There is very compelling scientific evidence to support that this is the right thing to…

Worldwide Coalition of Conservation Groups Hail The Leadership of Cathay Pacific Airways – 5 Sep 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2012-09-05 WORLDWIDE COALITION OF CONSERVATION GROUPS HAIL THE LEADERSHIP OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS HONG KONG — Nearly 50 marine and shark conservation groups have united to applaud Cathay Pacific’s decision to ban the transportation of shark and shark-related products on all its flights. The groups now call upon all other airlines to…

The PEW report: Navigating Global Shark Conservation Measures: Current Measures and Gaps, 8 July 2012

A new analysis by the Pew Environment Group, Navigating Global Shark Conservation Measures: Current Measures and Gaps, compiles existing management measures for sharks, highlights their inadequacies, and makes recommendations for improvements. The following is a summary of that analysis. Sharks have been swimming the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years. But today, shark populations…

Huffington Post: Shark Fishing Statistics Higher Than Previously Thought, Pew Environment Group Says, 8 July 2012

ROME (AP) — A pro-environment group says the world’s shark populations are in worse trouble than previously thought. The Pew Environment Group is cautioning in a report that the actual global catch of sharks might be up to four times higher than official U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization statistics. The report says Hong Kong’s shark…