Though sharks have survived mass extinctions and environmental changes to swim in our waters for more than 400 million years, their resilience is now being put to the test because of the worldwide practice of shark finning. Shark populations may have the chance to thrive again, however, thanks to recent action on state bills, to ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins.
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Putting a mild electric field on fishing weights may save endangered hammerhead sharks from becoming part of the bycatch.
On Wednesday, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament will consider a ban on shark finning. Shark finning is the practice of catching a shark, removing its fins, and dumping the still living shark back into the sea to slowly bleed to death.
Bull sharks scare me. Sharks are supposed to be in the ocean, but some sharks can live for extended periods in fresh water, too. Bull sharks have been found as far inland as the Great Lakes.
Sharks listed as endangered species are on the menu in U.S. restaurants. DNA testing by Stony Brook University’s Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in New York verified that many different species of shark end up in shark fin soup, most threatened or endangered.
Two issues close to the hearts of many environmentalists (or even the average person now) — addressing climate change and protecting endangered whales — are now being seen as linked issues. Whales are huge! Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth. An elephant, the largest animal that lives on land, could stand on a […]
Parts of Greenland have a shark problem. When I think of sharks, I inevitably jump to images of Jaws, but the trouble with the Greenland shark is not the makings of Hollywood. Slim Allagui writes from Sisimuit, Greenland: The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its […]