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EU closes finning loophole Photo

EU closes finning loophole

As reported in the forums, the EU has closed a loophole that allowed crews with Special Fishing Permits (SFPs) to continue landing shark fins without the carcass. Up until now, EU vessels have been estimated to be responsible for 27% of the fins in the Hong Kong markets. (Image from Shutterstock)

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Turtle conservationist murdered in Costa Rica Photo

Turtle conservationist murdered in Costa Rica

Conservation International has reported that 26-year-old turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted and shot by masked men whilst on his way to patrol the beach of Moin, Costa Rica. The purpose of their patrol was to protect leatherback turtle nests from poachers. (Leatherback turtle image from Shutterstock.)

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Branson brokers deal to protect Caribbean sharks Photo

Branson brokers deal to protect Caribbean sharks

Businessman Sir Richard Branson hosted a conservation meeting of nine Caribbean governments last weekend. Held at the eco resort on Necker Island, the group discussed the “Caribbean Challenge”, which calls for special protected zones along at least 20 per cent of the region’s coasts by 2020. In addition, Branson said: “About 1.5m sharks and rays a week are killed for the Chinese fin and medicinal market. It is the biggest mass killing of any genus. The Caribbean leader here want to set an example by banning shark fishing.”

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Secrets of the narwhal’s tusk revealed Photo

Secrets of the narwhal’s tusk revealed

The function of the curious unicorn-like tusk of the Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) has long been a puzzle to researchers. However, a researcher from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is to present a paper about the tooth’s function at the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, writes the Harvard Gazette.

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Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter Photo

Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter

A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University are hoping to attract crowd-funding via [Kickstarter}(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376482095/coral-bots-teams-of-robots-that-repair-coral-reefs) for a project that will produce “coral-bots.” These are autonomous underwater robots that navigate across reefs, assessing damaged sections and transplanting healthy coral into those areas.

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Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually Photo

Paper suggests that 100 million sharks are caught annually

The Marine Policy journal has published a paper that attempts to provide an up-to-date and scientific assessment of the number of sharks that are caught each year. This number has been in dispute for some time, but the new paper seems to suggest that the number of sharks is around 100 million per year. The vast majority of these are caught to satisfy demand for shark fin soup. The CITES conference, due to start in Bangkok tomorrow will discuss adding five shark species to its endangered list.

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