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Shark Stewards Launches Shark Protection Campaign in Texas

By Sharks

Shark Stewards, a non-profit shark conservation organization based in San Francisco, announced today that it is launching a new chapter to support ocean conservation efforts in Texas. Shark Stewards is dedicated to conserving ocean health through the protection of sharks. The local chapter of Shark Stewards will be leading the shark campaign to engage citizens by raising awareness and introducing legislation to ban the trade, sale, and consumption of shark fin in the state of Texas.

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1,007 Scientists Call For UN Moratorium on Longline Fishing

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

New York – May 31, 2005 – On the eve of a critical United Nations meeting to discuss actions to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing, a letter signed by more than 1,000 international scientists calling for decisive action has been delivered to the international body. Recent scientific reports have linked industrial fishing, such as longlining, to the decline of sea turtles and other marine species, and have offered marine protected areas as a potential solution. During the UN meeting which begins June 10, Costa Rica will be proposing a plan of action that offers sustainable use marine protected areas as a part of a comprehensive solution for the world’s oceans.

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Longline Fishing Pillaging the Pacific Says New Report

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

On Monday, June 6th, the new report Striplining the Pacific: The Case for A United Nations Moratorium on High Seas Industrial Longline Fishing will be released at the United Nations Law of the Sea meeting June 6-10th. The new book length report echoes the sentiment of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin’s call on May 1st to end the “pillage” and “rape” of the ocean at an international fisheries conference this week.

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Longline Moratorium Campaign Gaining Momentum

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Forest Knolls, CA – On the eve of a key United Nations meeting relating to the oceans, a growing number of international scientists and non-governmental organizations are actively lobbying their country delegates to address the problem of industrial longline fishing in the Pacific. The scientists and NGOs are also joined in their efforts by members of the New Zealand, Irish and EU parliaments. The lobbying effort echoes the call of more than 800 international scientists and 230 NGOs who are also asking for a moratorium on industrial longline fishing in order to protect endangered leatherback sea turtles, albatross, sharks and other species caught and killed as bycatch by industrial longliners.

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New Report: Longlines Annually Capture and Kill 4.4 Million Sharks, Billfish, Seabirds, Sea Turtles and Mammals in the Pacific

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Although there have been recent efforts to “mitigate” the devastating impact of industrial pelagic longlines on sea turtles, the problem is not limited to these species. Pelagic longlines are literally wiping out the lions and tigers of the ocean—sharks, billfish and tunas. Industrial longline fishing results in an extensive catch of non-targeted species as “bycatch” creating a global marine biodiversity crisis.

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International Coalition Praises UN, Calls for Immediate Moratorium on Pacific Longline Fishing

By Sea Turtles, Sharks

San Francisco, CA –Today, the UN General Assembly will vote on a resolution encouraging the “banning [of] directed shark fisheries” (Para 48), and “action to reduce or eliminate by-catch…to conserve non-target species taken incidentally in fishing operations” (paras 34-35 ) such as sea turtles, marine mammals and other species.

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