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Shark Finning

Their House: Cage-Free Interaction With Galapagos Sharks on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Clair Lueke | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home
Clair Lueke

I admit I have had an irrational lifelong fear of sharks, like most people, due to negative exposure by the media and Hollywood. I have only ever obse...

In Latin America, Illegal Wildlife Trade Explodes

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.08.2016 | Home
Laurel Neme

Despite this lack of comprehensive data, a survey of media reports on cases in South and Central America and the Caribbean provides insights into, and some measure of, the trade's alarming dimensions.

5 Ways You Can Really Save Our Oceans

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Tam Warner Minton

Yes, it is true. You can. Each and every one of us can make a difference. How? By making small, but important, choices. Here are some easy examples of...

Richard Branson: 'Investing in the Future by Taking Care of the Ocean'

Richard Branson | Posted 06.11.2016 | Home
Richard Branson

We know that sharks and rays are enormously threatened. The numbers are staggering. Recent studies estimate that at least 100 million sharks are caught and killed each and every year, mostly for their fins in unregulated or illegal fisheries.

This Killer Fish Is Surprisingly on the Rebound

Nancy Knowlton | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home
Nancy Knowlton

In Palau, a country that depends critically on underwater tourism, studies showed that a dead shark is worth $108 -- but a single live shark is worth $1.9 million over the course of its lifetime.

GrubHub: It's Time To Take Shark Fin Soup Off The Menu

January Jones | Posted 03.28.2015 | Home
January Jones

It's time for GrubHub to join other companies that have already banned shark fin products, like Disney, Amazon, Hilton, Marriott and the Starwood hotel group, and take action to protect sharks before it's too late.

Help Save Sharks By Going Snorkeling

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home

Kathy Xu first started her ecotourism project, The Dorsal Effect, to help sharks at risk of overfishing. But by hiring fishermen to lead snorkeling tr...

A Global Ecocide Rampage (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 10.26.2014 | Home
Dr. Reese Halter

About 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the human race, depends upon killing our living planet for their daily livelihood.


Peter Neill | Posted 10.18.2014 | Home
Peter Neill

My World Ocean Observatory inbox is filled every day with messages from ocean organizations around the world. Given the wide range of issues included ...

Acting Like Hammer Heads When It Comes to Sharks

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Home
Wayne Pacelle

Sharks have roamed the oceans for more than 400 million years, surviving multiple mass extinctions through the long periods of pre-history. But they face their greatest threat ever today.

Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.12.2014 | Home
Ilana Solomon

It is particularly worrying that a previously leaked chapter of the TPP includes only very vague references to shark finning -- not the full ban on shark finning and associated trade that we need.

Photographer Captures The Beauty And Vulnerability Of Sharks

Posted 07.14.2014 | Home

The following is an excerpt from Sharks and People by Thomas P. Peschak This place has all the ingredients of shark paradise: Rich ocean currents, a...

'Shark Girl' Fighting To Save The Ocean's Top Predator

Mother Nature Network | Gerri Miller | Posted 06.14.2014 | Home

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. In the hierarchy of the ocean, sharks are the apex predator, not the prey. But the fearsom...

China Takes Pangolin and Whale Shark Off the Menu

OnEarth | Posted 07.21.2014 | Home

Pangolins, golden monkeys, moon bears, tigers, rhinos, lots of turtles, and some species of sharks are all technically off limits. I say technically because nobody knows exactly what this new ban means.

Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2014 | Home
Ilana Solomon

Obama and Abe have been in negotiations over Japan's treatment of sensitive agricultural products, including rice, beef, pork, wheat, and dairy products, and over trade in automobiles -- but a breakthrough is still out of reach. This lack of progress is just one of several indicators that the TPP is faltering, if not failing.

Shark Fin Exports To Hong Kong Fall By 35 Percent, Demand Plunges In China

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.10.2014 | Home

Here's some much-needed good news for our shark friends: The Hong Kong chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced this week that the vo...

'Extinction Soup': An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Philip Waller & Executive Producer Stefanie Brendl

Dina Khayal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Home
Dina Khayal

Tens of millions of sharks are used for shark fin soup, a delicacy in many Eastern cultures. Research shows that the depletion of massive shark populations will have cascading effects throughout the oceans' ecosystems.

The Feds Decide to Stand With States to Keep Protecting Sharks

Francesca Koe | Posted 04.07.2014 | Home
Francesca Koe

The U.S. federal government has finally realized it should back down and step away from its ill-conceived plan to overturn the bans on the sale and possession of shark fins that were enacted in the states of California, Maryland and Washington.

China Bans Shark-Fin Soup At State Banquets

Posted 01.25.2014 | Home

From Mother Nature Network's Russell McClendon: China has banned shark-fin soup from official government banquets and receptions, according to a re...

NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans

January Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
January Jones

NOAA is tasked with "the management, conservation and protection of" our nation's "living marine resources," so it might come as a surprise that the agency is challenging state laws that help protect sharks.

Dominique Mosbergen

Gruesome Shark-Finning Tactic Lets Fishermen Bypass The Law | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.20.2013 | Home

Exporting shark fins is a lucrative business in Costa Rica, where it appears fishermen are exploiting a legal loophole to get as many of them as they ...

Shark Series Part 3

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 10.09.2013 | Home
SidneyAnne Stone

As Shark Week comes to a close, I am a little disappointed to see some of the sensationalism around this year's festivities. Let's not forget, Shark W...

Turning the Tide on Shark Finning

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.08.2013 | Home
Ilana Solomon

Imagine if a segment on Shark Week showed someone cutting off a part of a fish, then throwing it back to the sea to bleed to death or fall prey to another sea creature. Think that would fly on Discovery?

Aliens of the Deep: Deep-sea Sharks Are the Hidden Stars of Shark Week

Greg Stone | Posted 10.08.2013 | Home
Greg Stone

They are the DiCaprio, Clooney and Pitt of the shark world. As important as these are, they are just three members of the shark family, which includes over 400 species. To me, the most amazing sharks are the little-known species that lurk in the deep sea.

5 Ways To Help Give Sharks A Fightin' Chance

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.06.2013 | Home

Just one day in and you’re likely already screen-deep in #SharkWeek tweets. Sunday marked the launch of Discovery Channel’s 26th annual Shark ...