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12
Nov
2019

Moment décisif pour les requins-taupes bleus à l’heure où l’Espagne accueille une réunion internationale sur la pêche

Londres, novembre 2019. Les défenseurs de la nature concentrent leur attention sur l’Union européenne en vue d’une réunion internationale des pays de pêche qui constituera un moment décisif pour l’avenir des requins-taupes bleus en danger d’extinction. La Commission internationale pour la conservation des thonidés de l’Atlantique (CICTA) examinera de nouvelles recommandations scientifiques préoccupantes quant à l’état des requins-taupes bleus lors de sa réunion annuelle qui se tiendra à Majorque du 18 au 25 novembre. Si la communauté internationale veut enrayer le déclin de la population de l’Atlantique nord, aujourd’hui fortement surpêchée, les scientifiques recommandent que la CICTA interdise complètement aux pêcheurs de conserver à bord les requins qu’ils capturent. Ni l’UE ni la CICTA n’ont établi de quotas de pêche pour les requins-taupes bleus. L’UE est pourtant le premier acteur mondial en ce qui concerne le débarquement des requins-taupes bleus, essentiellement du fait des navires espagnols.

Continue reading L’UE détient la clé de la protection de requins en danger d’extinction dans l’Atlantique

12
Nov
2019

É hora do tudo ou nada para os tubarões-anequim no momento em que a Espanha se prepara para receber a reunião internacional das pescas

Londres, novembro, 2019. Os ecologistas têm os olhos postos na União Europeia quando se aproxima a reunião internacional das nações pesqueiras, que pode decidir o futuro dos tubarões-anequim ameaçados de extinção. A Comissão Internacional para a Conservação dos Tunídeos do Atlântico (CICTA) terá em conta novos pareceres científicos alarmantes sobre a situação dos tubarões-anequim na respetiva reunião anual, que terá lugar de 18 a 25 de novembro, em Maiorca. Para inverter o declínio da população do Atlântico Norte, alvo de forte sobrepesca, os cientistas aconselham a CICTA a proibir por completo os pescadores de reter a bordo as capturas.  Não existem quotas pesqueiras da UE ou da CICTA para o tubarão-anequim. A UE é quem regista o maior número de desembarques de anequim a nível mundial, principalmente devido às embarcações espanholas.

Continue reading Tubarões ameaçados do Atlântico nas mãos da UE

12
Nov
2019

Bei der in Spanien stattfindenden internationalen Fischereitagung entscheidet sich die Zukunft des Kurzflossen-Makos

London, November 2019. Im Vorfeld des internationalen Treffens der Fischereinationen, bei dem sich die Zukunft des stark gefährdeten Kurzflossen-Makos entscheiden könnte, richten sich alle Blicke der Umweltschützer auf die Europäische Union. Die Internationale Kommission für die Erhaltung der Thunfischbestände im Atlantik (ICCAT) berät bei ihrem jährlichen Treffen vom 18. bis 25. November auf Mallorca über neue und ernüchternde wissenschaftliche Empfehlungen hinsichtlich des Zustands der Bestände des Kurzflossen-Makos. Um die Dezimierung der stark überfischten Population im Nordatlantik aufzuhalten und umzukehren, haben Wissenschaftler die Empfehlung an die ICCAT gerichtet, ein vollständiges Verbot, Fänge an Bord zu behalten, zu verhängen. Derzeit gibt es weder EU- noch ICCAT-Fangquoten für Makohaie. Gleichzeitig verzeichnet die EU weltweit die meisten Anlandungen von Makohaien, die vor allem auf das Konto spanischer Schiffe gehen.

Continue reading Die Zukunft der stark gefährdeten Haie des Atlantiks liegt jetzt in der Hand der EU

12
Nov
2019

Momento cruciale per il destino degli squali mako alla vigilia della conferenza internazionale sulla pesca in Spagna

Londra, Novembre, 2019. Gli ambientalisti hanno gli occhi puntati sull’Unione Europea a pochi giorni dall’apertura della conferenza internazionale che vedrà riuniti i maggiori paesi che operano nell’industria della pesca e che potrebbe essere decisiva per il futuro degli squali mako a rischio di estinzione. La Commissione Internazionale per la Conservazione dei Tonnidi dell’Atlantico e del Mediterraneo (CICTA) analizzerà le nuove e preoccupanti evidenze scientifiche sulle condizioni reali degli squali mako nel corso della riunione annuale che si terrà a Maiorca dal 18 al 25 novembre. Per fermare il calo della popolazione di squali mako dell’Atlantico settentrionale oggetto di una preoccupante sovrappesca, gli scienziati suggeriscono alla CICTA di imporre ai pescatori il divieto assoluto di tenere le catture. Non esistono quote EU o CICTA per la pesca degli squali mako. L’UE è la prima regione al mondo per numero di sbarchi di squali mako, soprattutto a causa delle imbarcazioni provenienti dalla Spagna.

Continue reading La sopravvivenza degli squali dell’Atlantico nelle mani dell’UE

8
Nov
2019

The Shark League is calling on Atlantic fishing nations to take decisive action to safeguard sharks at the upcoming annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Specifically, we’re urging ICCAT Parties to propose and work for the immediate adoption of: 

  • A ban on retention and measures to promote survival of endangered makos;
  • Science-based catch limits for blue sharks; and
  • A stronger finning ban that ends the removal of shark fins at sea. 

See our letter for details and stay tuned to #SharkLeague for updates

7
Nov
2019

Source: EFEVerde.

Author: Redacción EFEverde.

Los marrajos del Atlántico Norte sufren “una fuerte sobrepesca y van camino del colapso” han advertido este miércoles en un comunicado las organizaciones ambientalistas especializadas en tiburones Shark Advocates International, Ecology Action Centre, Shark Trust y Project AWARE.

Las cuatro entidades han anunciado su intención de elaborar propuestas concretas dentro del marco de la reunión anual de la Comisión Internacional para la Conservación del Atún Atlántico (ICCAT), a través de las organizaciones regionales de ordenación pesquera para proteger a esta especie de escualos, tanto en el Atlántico como en el Mediterráneo.

Su intención es “invertir el declive de las poblaciones de marrajo” así como evitar la práctica del ‘aleteo’, consistente en cortar las aletas de los tiburones y volver a echar el cuerpo al mar.

Este tipo de tiburón ha sido clasificado en 2019 como “especie en peligro de extinción” por la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) y, según el comunicado, España es “responsable de más desembarques de marrajo que cualquier otra nación pesquera” pero si salen adelante las propuestas de estas organizaciones “sentarían precedente para mejorar sus perspectivas a nivel mundial”.

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30
Oct
2019

Shortfin and longfin mako sharks were listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in August 2019. CITES Parties will soon be required to demonstrate that mako exports are sourced from legal, sustainable fisheries.

At their annual meeting in November, member governments of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), all of which are CITES Parties, will consider fishing restrictions to protect shortfin makos in the North Atlantic. Earlier this year, ICCAT scientists underscored previous warnings that this population is continuing to decline from serious overfishing, and reiterated their advice for a full ban on retention.

The Shark League coalition has appealed to fisheries and environment authorities in all ICCAT Parties to work together to ensure this advice is immediately heeded, in line with government obligations under both ICCAT and CITES. The ICCAT Parties that co-proposed the CITES listing for makos, including the EU, have a responsibility to lead in these efforts. So far, however, only one Party – Senegal – has stepped up to propose a mako ban.

31
Aug
2019

Source: The Guardian

Author: Karen McVeigh

A record number of countries voted to restrict fishing of mako sharks in an effort to protect the endangered species.

A record number of countries have voted to protect the world’s fastest shark from extinction in a move welcomed by conservationists as a “wake up call” for fishing nations who have ignored the endangered species’ decline.

In Geneva this week, governments voted under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to regulate the international trade in both species of mako shark – long and short fin – in addition to 16 vulnerable species of sharks and rays.

Mako sharks, the “cheetahs of the ocean”, can reach speeds of up to 43mph. They are overfished worldwide, but the shortfin mako is considered especially vulnerable in the North Atlantic. EU vessels, mainly Spanish and Portuguese, were responsible for 65% of all reported catches of shortfin makos in the North Atlantic from January to June in 2018, according to the Shark Trust, and have not been subject to any limit on catch.

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28
Aug
2019

Makos, Wedgefishes, and Giant Guitarfishes listed under CITES with support from more than 100 countries

Conservation groups are praising today’s confirmation that all species of Wedgefishes, Giant Guitarfishes, and Mako Sharks will be added to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The listings mandate that countries track exports as well as high seas take, and demonstrate that internationally traded products from these species are legally sourced from sustainable fisheries.

“Today’s decisions offer promise of a brighter future for these highly threatened shark and ray species, as international trade has been a major factor in depletion of their slow growing populations,” said Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International, a project of The Ocean Foundation. “CITES listing can help end unsustainable use of Makos, Wedgefishes, and Giant Guitarfishes by prompting improved trade data and much-needed limits on exploitation, while complementing other conservation commitments. As fishing is the main threat to sharks and rays, it’s essential that countries’ CITES representatives work with their national fisheries agency counterparts to ensure that the new obligations are carried out over the coming months.”

Shortfin Makos, exceptionally valuable and vulnerable oceanic sharks, are at risk from targeted and incidental fishing driven by demand for meat and fins. A lack of limits on take is leading to overfishing and a worldwide decreasing trend. Both the Shortfin Mako and the rarer Longfin Mako Shark are classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

The North Atlantic offers the clearest case of Shortfin Mako overfishing and decline. In 2019, scientists associated with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) reported that North Atlantic Shortfin Mako catches need to be cut by roughly an order of magnitude (~3000 to ~300 tonnes per year) to give the population a decent (60%) chance of recovering within five decades. Taking into account incidental mortality, ICCAT scientists are recommending a complete ban on North Atlantic Shortfin Mako retention.

“Considering that Spain leads the world in Mako Shark landings, we’re encouraged that the European Union co-sponsored the proposal to list Makos under CITES,” said Ali Hood, Director of Conservation for the Shark Trust. “We urge the EU to underscore this commitment through proposals to immediately ban North Atlantic Shortfin Mako retention and establish concrete catch limits to ensure Mako landings from all other oceans are sustainable. As virtually all fishing countries are CITES Parties, we’ll be watching for support for such Mako limits at regional fisheries bodies around the world, starting with ICCAT in November.“

Wedgefishes and Giant Guitarfishes, collectively known as Rhino Rays (after their pointy snouts), are considered the world’s most threatened marine fishes. All but one of these 16 shark-like ray species have been classified as Critically Endangered on IUCN Red List.  Their fins are among the most valuable in the global shark fin trade. The coastal fisheries that target or retain Rhino Rays as bycatch are poorly monitored, essentially unregulated, and increasingly intense.

“Rhino Rays are seriously threatened by demand for fins and food, but these extraordinary species have the potential to offer long-term, sustainable benefits as key attractions for ecotourism, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Ian Campbell, Associate Director for Project AWARE. “We are deeply grateful to the many divers who joined us in voicing support for the CITES listings. We now look forward to working with this network and our other partners toward ensuring prompt and full implementation of the international conservation commitments made today.”

Media contact: Patricia Roy email: patricia@communicationsinc.co.uk, Tel: +34 696 905 907

Additional information: www.globalsharksraysinitiative.org/news-publicationswww.sharkleague.orgwww.redlist.org

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