Archive for September, 2013

Marine Conservation in Mozambique – May 2013

Welcome to the May 2013 edition of Marine Conservation in Mozambique. If you are not already on our mailing list please subscribe here. You can also help by forwarding this newsletter to anyone who might be interested in helping us with the conservation of marine life in Mozambique. If you have any stories you’d like featured in June’s newsletter then please email us! Call for Species Images The World’s Most… Read more »

Kenya’s Whale Sharks – Born Free & Staying Free

Source: Born Free Foundation Plans to create an artificial marine enclosure off the southern coast of Kenya and stock it with wild-caught specimens of the world’s largest fish – the whale shark – as a tourism attraction have been comprehensively rejected by the government of Kenya. The judgement delivered by the National Environmental Management Authority of Kenya cited in their determination that the proposed project:… Read more »

CITES getting ready for sharks and rays

Source: CITES Twelve months before the entry into force of CITES regulations on shark and rays, the European Union approves a 1.2 million euro project to ensure their effective implementation. Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and the United States have also offered support and technical assistance. Geneva, 14 September 2013 – The 178 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna… Read more »

Shark fin and bluefin tuna banned from official banquets

By Gabriela Raffaele editorial@fis.com www.fis.com The Hong Kong government has committed to supporting sustainability by banning shark fin and bluefin tuna from its official menus. Concerned about the unsustainability and ecologically unfriendly methods of catching shark fin, Pacific bluefin tuna and of harvesting black moss, the government has decided to scrape them off their official entertainment functions in an effort to set an example and… Read more »

Marine Conservation in Mozambique – August 2013

Welcome to the August 2013 edition of Marine Conservation in Mozambique. If you are not already on our mailing list please subscribe here. You can also help by forwarding this newsletter to anyone who might be interested in helping us with the conservation of marine life in Mozambique. If you have any stories you’d like featured in September’s newsletter then please email us! Special: Join… Read more »

INTERPOL requested for the first time to detect illegal fishing activities

By Gabriela Raffaele For the first time, INTERPOL has intervened to raise alert towards ship believed to be engaged in illegal fishing activities. Issued in close cooperation between the police organization and Norway, the Purple Notice, which is used to seek information the modus operandi utilized by criminals, has reported data on the fishing vessel Snake, which has changed flag at least eight times and its name at least twelve in the… Read more »

Whale shark mapping: scientists uncover global distribution for the largest fish in the world

by Shreya Dasgupta Polka-dotted and striped. Massive but docile. That’s the whale shark for you – the largest fish and shark in the world. But despite being major tourist attractions, the lives of these awe-inspiring creatures of the ocean remain far from being demystified. However, a team of researchers from Australia may now have some answers to where these whale sharks (Rhinocodon typus) occur. They… Read more »

Shark Diving Guidelines – For Divers

by Shark Angels Shark diving needs to be practiced intelligently. Both dive operators and divers should realize they bear responsibility when they choose to offer or partake in shark diving. Both parties must take the responsibility very seriously and take measures to ensure that no unnecessary accidents or incidents occur – to the sharks or the divers. This is critical in protecting the few places… Read more »

Sea Slug Expedition – Support this idea, help to solve the puzzle!

In Zavora, every day in the field means a new discovery, a new piece for this puzzle and more entries to our database. In three years of study in a relatively small area, we have been able to find more species than is documented for the whole of Madagascar and the similar number as have been found in Tanzania. Our research has so far been… Read more »

Dia Do Mergulho: 2013

By Frank Weetjens Local people have very little if no chance to participate in most tourist activities. Dia do Mergulho (Diving Day) is a traditional event organized by the dive operators, corporate members of the Divers’ Association of Mozambique (AMAR ). The aim of Dia do Mergulho is to create awareness among the local communities about the value of marine resources and the need for… Read more »