Posts Tagged ‘“great white shark”’

Sharks Denied CITES Protections

March 26, 2010

Parties overturn Committee decision to list Porbeagle sharks under CITES Appendices and confirm rejection of similar action for hammerhead, oceanic whitetip, and spiny dogfish sharks

Doha, Qatar – 25 March, 2010: Today, in their final Plenary session, Parties to the Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted narrowly to reverse a previous Committee decision to monitor and regulate trade in the porbeagle shark and confirmed Committee rejection of similar proposals for the hammerhead, spiny dogfish, and oceanic whitetip shark.
“Today’s backsliding on porbeagle protection by the CITES Parties is deeply regrettable as are their previous decisions to reject trade safeguards for similarly threatened hammerheads, spiny dogfish and oceanic whitetip sharks,” said Heike Zidowitz, President of Europe’s leading association of shark scientists and the head of the Shark Alliance delegation to the CITES Conference. “These failures leave some of the oceans’ most vulnerable and heavily traded species at great risk from unregulated, international trade.”
The proposals to list porbeagle and spiny dogfish under CITES Appendix II were developed by the European Union while the United States proposed similar action for hammerheads and oceanic whitetip sharks.  The Pacific island nation of Palau co-sponsored all four proposals.  A two-thirds majority of votes is required for the adoption of such CITES proposals.
“Despite the setbacks, the CITES Conference debates have served to highlight the urgent plight of sharks and increase recognition of the role that CITES can play in their conservation,” added Zidowitz. “The member groups of the Shark Alliance will continue to promote CITES action along with science-based fishing limits as key elements of comprehensive shark conservation programs.”
The high demand for shark fins is a major threat to hammerhead and oceanic whitetip sharks while Porbeagles and spiny dogfish are sought primarily to satisfy European demand for their meat.  
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), all the shark species proposed for CITES listing are classified as Globally Threatened under the IUCN Red List and meet the criteria for listing under CITES Appendix II.
Appendix II listings result in requirements for export permits and determinations that trade in a species is legal and not detrimental to the species’ survival.

Released by: Sophie Hulme – SHARK  ALLIANCE



New Shark Diving Image – Feeding Time

July 22, 2009

Another one of our images from the archives which has been posted to our Flickr account for all to enjoy – if you want to experience the thrill of shark cage diving in South Africa then please visit our site for more information, its an experience you will never forget:

Weekly Shark Update 15/06/2009

June 15, 2009

World Oceans Day – 8 JUNE 2009 – Visit from minister:

In celebration of World Oceans Day where the focus was on the plight of sharks, White Shark Ecoventures hosted a visit from Minister Sonjica  (Water & Environmental  Affairs),  Marine & Coastal Management (MCM) senior officials, various scientists  and  the media.  These persons were taken out on our boat, Megalodon II, and participated in scientific tagging from our boat, as well as cage diving.

South Africa was the first country to provide protected status for the great white shark.  Mr. Mike Meyer, an MCM marine researcher and technician with 30 years experience, presented an overview of the importance of sharks (both commercially and environmentally) and their role in the ecosystem.  He went on by explaining that shark populations and their movements are monitored through photographic identification where the dorsal fin with all its unique scar markings, is a key identification feature.  A computerized and automated ID system is also a new innovation currently being used.  Genetic sampling is also gathered through a biopsy probe and tracking devices such as acoustic and real-time satellite tags, which also assist researchers to continue their endless study of the oceans apex predators.

It was an honour for White Shark Ecoventures to be an integral part of this great cause.

Minister Visit

Participation in beach clean up;

In addition, White Shark Ecoventures in a joint effort with Sharklady Adventures, participated in a beach clean-up which involved 100 children from the local schools.  The children attended an educational talk on pollution and it’s effects on marine life and prizes were sponsored to the children who collected the most rubbish along the coastline.  Each child also received an educational work-book on “Life in our Oceans”, hot dogs and cold drinks.

Weekly Shark Update 18/05/2009

May 18, 2009

Save Our Seas Foundation
M-SEA PROGRAMME (Maxine, Science, Education and Awareness)

Is an exciting shark conservation programme focused on the satellite tagging and releasing of captive ragged tooth sharks held at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as the tagging of wild ragged tooth sharks. For more info, click onto;

Ragged Tooth Shark

Ragged Tooth Shark

Lesley, a raggedtooth shark, named after me, who was caught on the 15 March 2006 and satellite tagged and released, was recently re-captured. She was one of many sharks tagged as part of the Save Our Seas Foundation M-Sea Programme, a unique shark conservation programme initiated by AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA), in collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium, sponsored by the Save Our Seas Foundation.

Normally after the satellite tag has released and surfaced, which it is programmed to do after 4 months, providing data of the animals movements, the chances of hearing from it again is very slim. The sharks are also wearing ultrasonic tags, but the signal of these will only be detected if the shark passes within 300m of a base station positioned on the ocean floor. But Lesley is back, she was caught by an angler in Struisbaai who removed her spaghetti tag, a small tag with a unique number, and reported the details.

The last time we heard from her was when her satellite tag surfaced and provided the information that she had travelled 970km in 120 days from her date of capture. Since then Lesley had grown just over 17cm and gained about 35 kg. Lesley was caught the same day Dee was released from the Two Oceans Aquarium after 14 years in captivity. She travelled 700km in 118 days.

Till later, Lesley Rochat
Founder, AOCA

Weekly Shark Update – 17/04/2009

April 17, 2009

We are proud members of The Sark Trust, a UK based charity organization dedicated to advancing the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action.

For latest updates and news on the overfishing of sharks and efforts to stop shark finning, please click onto: Most recent news posted on Shark Trust website;

Plans to protect sharks set to receive backing

EU fisheries ministers are next week expected to back plans to protect endangered sharks. At a meeting in Luxembourg (23-24 April) ministers will be invited to endorse measures to stop overfishing of sharks and follow the international conservation plans that the EU has already signed up to. They will also discuss an EU shark action plan that was published by the European Commission in January.

One-third of shark species in European waters are threatened, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Sonja Fordham of the Shark Alliance, a coalition of conservation groups, described the Commission’s plan as encouraging, but noted that “it is just a plan, it is not binding”. She said the priority should be toughening up the implementation of the EU ban on shark ‘finning’, the practice of catching a shark, cutting off its fins and throwing it back into the sea to die.