Bluefin spawning area off Madeira?

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A so far unknown spawning area of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (BFT) may be off Madeira. This is the result of a now published DNA study on the origin and return to the "birthplace" of almost 1,000 BFT in the...

Mako shark will be better protected in the future – a little bit.

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The mako shark will be better protected in the future after a majority decision of the UN Conference on Species Conservation. The top predator should now be listed on the so-called Appendix 2 of the Washington Convention on International Trade...

Decaying tuna carcasses off Ibizia again

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Again: Like last year, the Ibiza Island Council protested sharply to the Spanish central government in Madrid against the illegal dumping of tuna corpses by purse seiners. The bottom trawlers had up to 3 tonnes of decaying tuna carcasses in...

Deadly fight: Many sharks die after release

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Even short fights of only 20 minutes are apparently sufficient to release the especially sensitive Great Hammerheads into "freedom" as certain death candidates. The angler is delighted: The shark, which has been fought into the boat or even pulled onto...

Spaniards and Portuguese kill more sharks than swordfish

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Spanish and Portuguese fishing vessels in particular, are killing more sharks than swordfish in the Atlantic. Often targeted to benefit from finning, despite an EU ban. According to Greenpeace, four times as many sharks as swordfish were caught in the...

41 shark species threatened with extinction in the Mediterranean

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More than half of the 41 species of shark living in the Mediterranean are threatened with extinction, one third of them acute. This is the conclusion of a recently published report by the environmental protection organization WWF. The causes have...

Anger and Confidence – My Donation to Sea Shepherd

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My story over the Chinese fishing fleet, which is now legally emptying the Somali waters, has caused me and many of you to feel helpless rage. I have now rediscovered for myself how I can turn this bitterness into confidence:...

25 Fish-Aggregating Devices off Somalia to tackle piracy

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25 new Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADs) at the Somalia coast should boost the small-scale artisanal fisheries, and to tackle the underlying causes of piracy: Degradation of local fisheries, high levels of youth unemployment, and food insecurity. The FAO-program has been funded...

EU raises minimum size of northern sea bass

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The EU has taken another step to protect sea bass stocks in Europe. The 28 EU member states agreed to the Commission's proposal to increase the minimum size for northern sea bass from 36 to 42 cm. The new rule...

Bluefin tuna can go hungry in a sea of plenty

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Bluefin tuna are going hungry in a sea full of fish because their foraging habits are most efficient with larger, not necessarily more abundant prey, according to a study led by by Walter Golet, assistant research professor in the School...