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Shark Finning

A Global Ecocide Rampage (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
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.

Petitions

Peter Neill | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
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 08.13.2014 | Green
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 08.12.2014 | Green
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 | Green

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,...

Hunger For Shark Fins Catapults Species Onto Endangered List

AP | By AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 09.02.2014 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday classified as endangered and threated four distinct populations of a shark species...

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

Mother Nature Network | Gerri Miller | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green

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 | Green
OnEarth

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 | Politics
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 | Green

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 | Green
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 | Green
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 | Green

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

Fisherman Tried To Sell Shark Fins To Hawaii Restaurant, Fined $100

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) — A fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to trying to sell shark fins to a Honolulu hotel restaurant. Matthew Brian Case says he f...

NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans

January Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
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

HuffingtonPost.com | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green

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 | Green
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 | Green
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 | Green
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 | Impact

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 ...

Shark Series Part 2

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 09.30.2013 | Green
SidneyAnne Stone

If you are not familiar with shark finning, it is a brutal process in which the shark's fin is removed for the purpose of making shark fin soup. The ...

New York To Ban Shark Fin Sales Starting Next Year

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 09.25.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is banning trade in shark fins starting next summer in an effort to protect the marine predators. The fins are used in ...

The U.S. Shark Conservation Axe of 2013

Edward Dorson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Edward Dorson

Deplorably, all recent U.S. state and territorial gains in shark conservation are now on the chopping block.

Shark Series Part 1

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
SidneyAnne Stone

Recent movies like the highly sensationalized Sharknado and the not-so-recent, Jaws series tend to villainize sharks. The truth is sharks are phenomenal creatures at the absolute top of the food chain and so much of their makeup is a mystery.

EU Vows To Tighten Restrictions In Shark Finning Ban

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green

BRUSSELS, June 6 (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Thursday to tighten an existing ban on "shark finning", or slicing fins off sharks often w...