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Save the fishes — yeah!

November 11th, 2011

Confession: I’m a mom, and I like rap, and I tolerate a suburban overlay.

So maybe I was primed to like this video. But I think teens getting together to spread a message about ocean conservation is well, it should make some adults think a little more about this subject.

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Bahamas bans commercial shark fishing

July 6th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports
The Bahamas announced that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles) of the country’s waters is now prohibited.
The island nation joins Palau, the Maldives and Honduras in prohibiting the commercial fishing of sharks. Together, this adds up to almost 2.4 million square kilometers (926,645 square [...]

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Diver shows another side of sharks, who are being slaughtered for their fins

February 14th, 2011

Leila Monroe, NRDC

William floats silently – breath held, his whole body exposed, face-to-face with a gigantic tiger shark. Why has he presented himself, unarmed, at the jaws of this massive apex predator? Some have attributed his actions to thrill seeking and bravado, but in an interview with this world class athlete, I learned his motivation is much more interesting and purposeful than that.

William Winram has spent most of his life in and around the ocean – free diving, fishing, surfing, and now working to gather information and spread education about the most misunderstood creatures of the sea. Today, as you’ll find on his website, William holds a number of unusual job titles: Shark Publicist, Ocean Environmentalist, Underwater Model, Photographer, and Videographer.

His fascination with sharks began at an early age, then gestated into a career after a life-changing encounter with a 13 foot tiger shark in Baja, Mexico. While spear fishing one morning, he became aware of a huge shark following him. For a moment, the terrible images of Hollywood movies flashed through his mind, but he remained calm and swam slowly toward shore. The shark kept a safe distance,

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Sharks snatch victory from the jaws of Congress

December 21st, 2010

Sharks will be protected from the wasteful, inhumane practice of shark-finning in U.S. waters with the U.S. House passage today of the Shark Conservation Act.

The bill, which the Senate passed yesterday, will strongly discourage “finning” by requiring that fishing boats bring sharks to land whole. It also will forbid the transfer of fins at sea by U.S. fishing vessels.

Oceana’s federal policy director Beth Lowell, praised Congress for getting to the measure before adjourning, saying that the U.S. is showing leadership in protecting oceans.

Oceana applauds Congress and its ocean heroes for passing such an important piece of legislation,” said Lowell, who called out sponsors Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Congresswomen Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).

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Sharks find sanctuary in Indonesia, thanks to scuba divers

November 16th, 2010

The war against sharks that has been decimating the ocean’s top predators worldwide — so that people can eat shark fin soup — has finally met an enemy that could help stop the bloodbath.

Scuba divers.

Today, authorities in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, set aside a shark sanctuary, the first of its kind in Indonesia, off the coast of these tourist-reliant islands.

The new Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary will provide full protection for sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs, and turtles within the boundaries of the sanctuary.

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Experts say spill’s affect on wildlife still a guessing game

May 21st, 2010

A bottle nose dolphin (Photo: NASA) The BP oil spill will affect ecosystems in the gulf for a long time and is certain to affect the entire “food web,” wildlife experts said Friday. But the government’s team leaders for the rescue and assessment of wildlife could not give projections for, nor would they hazard guesses about, how bad those effects might be.

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New DNA tests can trace sharks exploited for fins

December 1st, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Each year millions of sharks are traded and killed just for their fins. While we may not have much use for them here in the United States, shark fins are held in high regard in China. Shark fin soup is a Chinese delicacy.

Dr. Demian Chapman releases a night shark after genetic testing

Dr. Demian Chapman releases a night shark after genetic testing

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‘Mad Men’ star January Jones advocates for sharks

September 29th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

January Jones, star of the Mad Men TV series and an ocean advocate, went to Washington this week to lobby for the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 and stronger US leadership for saving the ocean’s top predators.

“We should be scared FOR sharks, not of them,” said the Golden Globe nominee. “The survival of sharks and the health of our oceans depend on it.”

Jones met with various members of Congress, including Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The actress, best known for her role as Betty Draper in the critically acclaimed Mad Men series on the American Movie Channel, became a spokesman for Oceana’s Save Sharks campaign earlier this year.

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