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The Bahamas shark sanctuary was created in July of 2011 by adding an amendment to the Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Act (Chapter 244). The amendment created shark protections throughout all the territorial waters of the Bahamas, over 650,000 square kilometers of ocean. It was a major win for sharks, who already benefit from the...
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The Pew Charitable Trusts joins partners in Hawaii and the scientific community in praising today’s announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States has expanded the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, also known as Papahānaumokuākea, to 582,578 square miles (1.5 million square kilometers). [space] [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZG2Q-B6LvQ[/youtube] [space] HONOLULU— Source: Pew Applauds Expansion...
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[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC7ffY5-WDA[/youtube] [message_box title=”” color=”red”] Sharks play a vital role in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain a balance that’s critical for commercially important fisheries. But they are also one of the most misunderstood creatures in the world’s oceans — the odds of experiencing a shark attack are just 1 in 11.5 million. Learn more...
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From the Bahamas National Trust and PEW Sharks are in trouble globally, and there are few locations where healthy shark populations still exist. The Bahamas is one of these rare exceptions. Because of the ban on longline fishing gear in the 1990s, Bahamian shark populations remain relatively healthy with a great diversity of species. By...
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[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwBkrgZetE[/youtube] [message_box title=”Shark Crimes: How DNA Helps Fight Fin Trade | One Minute Dive with Pew” color=”red”] Humans kill some 100 million sharks annually, largely for shark fin soup. Some shark species, like the oceanic whitetip, have declined up to 99 percent. To find out how new trade restrictions are affecting the global...
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Take a look at this shark fin identification guide that was published by PEW in collaboration with Stony Brook University. Download the publication here  
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Cities Appendix II listing [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCtHcYqvIkk[/youtube][message_box title=”PEW TRUSTS Video Transcript” color=”red”] Once considered one of the most abundant sharks in the ocean. They are currently suffering declines of 70-90% wherever they are found. The international shark fin trade is the principal driver behind their overexploitation. There is inadequate control over the number that can...
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[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDqzGOa-adc[/youtube] [message_box title=”” color=”green”] As apex predators, tiger sharks and other shark species play a critical role in maintaining the health of ocean ecosystems. But shark populations are decreasing around the world, due to overfishing and the high demand for shark fin soup. When their numbers plummet, it can have a chain reaction...
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[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPoO7f0CMoc[/youtube] [message_box title=”Follow the Oceanic Whitetips” color=”red”] In July 2011, The Bahamas declared a shark sanctuary in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Two months earlier, scientists had tagged 12 oceanic whiteips around The Bahamas and created an animation that tracked the movement of three of those sharks. The scientists found that although they are...
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Here’s a video put together by PEW back in 2011 when the Bahamas was working to establish a National Shark Sanctuary. The Bahamas has long been a safe haven for sharks since the Long Line ban of 1992. Over the past 20-30 years, shark populations have remained healthy and the nation has certainly experienced the...
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