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New Shark Conservation Measures Photo

New Shark Conservation Measures

There was great news for sharks on UN World Oceans Day. Seasave reports that Hawaii Governor David Ige signed nine new laws in a ceremony to mark World Oceans Day, including a ban on intentionally or knowingly capturing, entangling or killing a shark in state marine waters. Meanwhile, in the US Senate, a bill passed that bans the transport, sale, or purchase of shark fins.

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Call to Action: Maldives Shark Populations Under Potential Threat Photo

Call to Action: Maldives Shark Populations Under Potential Threat

In response to questions in Maldivian People’s Majlis or parliament, the Minister of Fisheries, Zaha Waheed, has stated that the ministry was considering lifting the country’s current ban on shark fishing. The reasons stated for this are that this would allow the exploitation of sharks as an economic resource, which ignores the economic benefits that tourism provides. Please click through for ideas about individual advocacy, research, and statements of support from the global marine conservation organization for maintaining the current ban.

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Wetpixel Live: Photographing Whitetip Sharks Photo

Wetpixel Live: Photographing Whitetip Sharks

Egypt’s Red Sea offers a fairly unique opportunity to photograph oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) sharks without bait. With the help of some of his amazing images, regular contributor Alex Mustard and Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon discuss some of the techniques that can help provide underwater photographers with memorable images of these iconic and increasingly rare animals.

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Florida Bans Sales of Shark Fins Photo

Florida Bans Sales of Shark Fins

The Governor of Florida has signed into law Bill SB 860 aka the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act, which makes it illegal to import, export and sell most shark fins in Florida from October 1. There is a loophole however that allows existing holders of shark fishing permits and seafood dealers that h0ld a “valid federal Atlantic shark dealer permit” to continue to engage in the import and export of fin through into January 2025.

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Tutorial: Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, Mantas and More by Annie Crawley Photo

Tutorial: Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, Mantas and More by Annie Crawley

Annie Crawley has released the second of her “Our Ocean and You” tutorial series. This episode is entitled “Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, Mantas and More” and features footage captured by Bill Fisher, Joe Romeiro, Tom Osborn, Pascal Kobeh, and Amos Nachoum. In addition, Annie will be hosting a live webinar on 9 April at 9.00 AM PST.

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New study into shark behavior during hurricanes Photo

New study into shark behavior during hurricanes

Hakai Magazine has published an article about research that Grace Casselberry of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been doing about the reaction of sharks to hurricanes. It seems that they sense the changes in atmospheric pressure that precede these weather events, and head for the safety of deep water.

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Shark fin ban Bill passes through House Photo

Shark fin ban Bill passes through House

The Sharks Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019 (H.R.737) has passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 310 vs 107. The bill “makes it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins, except for certain dogfish fins. A person may possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit under certain circumstances.

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RIP Samuel “Doc” Gruber Photo

RIP Samuel “Doc” Gruber

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Samuel “Doc” Gruber, founder of the Bimini Biological Field Station on Thursday 18 April. Doc was a shark biologist and founder of the American Elasmobranch Society. He was a Professor at the University of Miami and a recognized authority on shark science, having completed 49 Atlantic research cruises and over 170 scientific publications. The Wetpixel community sends our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

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