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Category: Environment
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Possession of Shark fins banned in CNMIJanuary 27, 2011 - 5:49 am
Shark Savers Congratulates the Northern Mariana Islands for Shark Fin Law

NEW YORK, NY, January 26, 2011, --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Shark Savers (, an international shark conservation organization, is pleased to congratulate the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for protecting dwindling shark populations by banning the shark fin trade.

 Governor Benigno R. Fitial signed the historic law today, recognizing that “sharks are one of the top predators in the marine food chain and play an important role in our ocean’s ecosystem. Sharks have characteristics that make them more vulnerable to overfishing than most fish.”

The law, House Bill No. 17-94, HD1, SD1, makes it “unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute shark fins in the CNMI”. The bill is similar to the landmark legislation recently passed in the State of Hawaii. The CNMI joins island nations and regions in taking strong actions to protect sharks, including Palau, the Maldives, and Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

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Hawaii amends legislation prohibiting shark fins tradeApril 22, 2010 - 12:25 pm
The new bill enters into force on July 1, 2010 and raises questions

The State of Hawaii passed a new Bill 2169 amending Paragraph 188 of the State's Revised Statutes.

According to the amendment, entering into force on July first, the existing ban for harvesting shark fins is repealed. The previous texts banned the practice of shark finning in the territorial waters of the State, and envisaged confiscation of the harvested fins, the vessel and fishing equipment and imposed a US$ 5 000 - US$ 15 000 fine on the violators. It also allowed for the shark fins to be harvested only in case the shark is landed whole.

By amending the act the Hawaii State legislators changed the whole philosophy of the ban, by forbidding the possession, sale, offer for sale, trade and distribution of shark fins. The administrative penalties for violation are confiscation of the fins and a fine of US$ 5 000 - US$ 15 000. However, the vessel and equipment confiscation is not among the possible penalties. This raises the question whether the new legal regime is actually more favorable for the violators.

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Legislative proposal endangers the Costa Rican leatherback turtles populationApril 22, 2010 - 8:04 am
The Costa Rican government supports the new law

WWF International alarms that the Costa Rican government is supporting a proposed law that will allow construction in Las Baulas National Marine Park and destroy a critical nesting beach for endangered leatherback turtles.

If passed, Proposal 17383 would reduce the 175 km2 Baulas National Park by 40 percent which, would leave only 50 meters of beach for leatherback turtles to nest and would allow for the construction of houses, condos, hotels and restaurants on the beach.  A vote on the proposal is set for tomorrow, April 22..

The leatherback, the biggest of all sea turtles, is critically endangered due to development on its nesting beaches, rising sea levels caused by climate change and incidental captures in fisheries. Populations are especially depleted in the Pacific, where only 2,000 to 3,000 animals are estimated to survive, down from around 90,000 two decades ago.

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Scientists confirm the 'mediterranization' of the Black seaOctober 23, 2009 - 2:22 pm
The Chrysaora mediterranea jelly confirmed along the Turkish Black Sea coastline.

During a conference which took place in Varna, Bulgaria last week scientists participating in the SESAME European project confirmed a fact most divers already know - the Black sea is slowly being 'mediterranized'. The goal of the SESAME project is to investigate the changes that occurred in the Black and Mediterranean seas during the last 50 years.

According to the scientists the Med is continuously becoming a tropical sea. This allows the survival of species like the Lagocephalus sceleratus puffer - an invader from the Red sea already sighted near the Aegean coastline of Turkey.
The average annual water temperature of the Black sea went up by 1C during the past 25 years. The increase in the population of Sparidae species like the Diplodus sargus is constantly being discussed in local diving forums. However during the conference it became evident that a Med jellyfish species - Chrysaora mediterranea has already spread along the Turkish Black Sea coastline and caused closing of several beaches during the active season.

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Major tsunami kills at least 100 people in the South PacificSeptember 30, 2009 - 7:01 pm
At least 77 deaths in Samoa and 25 in American Samoa

An earthquake of 8.4 magnitude struck late afternoon on Tuesday between the Pacific Samoan islands and Tonga and triggered 5 meter waves that wiped all low-lying areas of the islands. BBC News reports at least 102 people have died in Samoa and American Samoa and 6 in Tonga. However the death toll may rise because many people are still missing. Entire villages were wiped out.
According to the local authorities most people were killed by a second wave while the locals were collecting fished washed on land by the first tsunami.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said the quake struck at a depth of 33km (20 miles), some 190km (120 miles) from Apia.

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Palau's President declared the waters of the island's Exclusive Economic Zone a Shark Sanctuary!September 26, 2009 - 2:57 pm
The Palau Shark Sanctuary will cover an area of 620,000 Sq. Kms.

Palau Shark SanctuaryOn September 25, 2009, H.E. Johnson Toribiong, President of the Republic of Palau, a tiny Pacific Island nation, announced  to the General Assembly of the United Nations that Palau has officially declared the waters of its Exclusive Economic Zone (230, 000 Sq. Miles / 620,000 Sq. Kms.) as the worlds first officially recognized shark sanctuary.
President Toribiong also called for a global ban on shark-finning and for other nations to follow suit. "The strength and beauty of sharks are a natural barometer for the health of our oceans.  Therefore, I declare today that Palau  will become the world’s first national shark sanctuary, ending all commercial shark fishing in our waters and giving a sanctuary for sharks to live and reproduce unmolested in our 237,000 square miles of ocean. We call upon all nations to join us."

The firm actions put Palau at the very forefront of worldwide efforts to protect sharks from unsustainable destruction.


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The Caymans have 220 certified lionfish hunters alreadySeptember 19, 2009 - 10:09 am
The lionfish catch program aims to reduce the growing numbers of the predator

Norma Connolly of the Caymanian Compass reports on the new program introduced by the Department of Environment, which aims to reduce the growing numbers of lionfish in the Cayman waters.
According to the Department of Environment’s Bradley Johnson, the department had certified more than 220 divers by the end of July to capture the fish which have a voracious appetite for juvenile fish. By the end of July 2009, the divers had captured and handed over to the DoE 414 lionfish. The lionfish are killed after that by a combination of eugenol (clove oil), alcohol, and sea water.

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