Sharks and Rays

There are 122 documented shark and ray species found in Mozambique. But, there are more being discovered each year. Of these about 26 are listed on the IUCN Red List as being threatened speices. Three of the eight hammerhead species lives in the country’s waters, and a new one may be described soon. The waters are occasionally visited by the endangered great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and the largest of the sting rays, the small eyed stingray (Dasyatis microps). Sawfishes (Pliotrema warren, Pristis microdon, Pristis pectinata, Pristis zijsron) once roamed the estuaries of Mozambique, and are now listed under Appendix I of CITES, with better international protection these bizarre looking fish may be able to recover. There is also the sharkray (Rhina ancylostoma), half shark, half ray, another prehistoric looking beast, giving an illusion of the elasmobranchs’ 400 million year old evolutionary process. Reports of these interesting fish and research surrounding them will be posted here.

To Tag a Tiger Shark

by Justin Blake Southern Mozambique: 35degrees in the shade. It’s hot, and has the humidity to match. We’re here to finish up this season’s tagging (the sharks of Mozambique are best interacted with in Summer). A huge amount of dedicated work and commitment has led to this point. Without Ryan and Clare Daly’s persistence and passion none of what has been achieved, and what we… Read more »

Illegal Beach Driving Incidents in Mozambique

  Driving on the beach, except in designated areas clearly marked for launching, is illegal. This is laid out in Decreto n 45/2006 de 30 de Novembro, Artigo 54. In the north of the country (i.e. North of Beira) you can drive on the beach only if a permit is attained. As a general rule you should keep off. Why? The coastal area is full… Read more »

Spotlight on Research in the Indian Ocean.

WIOMSA The Western Indo-Pacific stretches from Thailand to East Africa and the Red Sea, and has distinct fauna – with a quarter of its fish species thought to be different from the broader Indo-Pacific. The Western Indian Ocean is the largest biogeographic province in this region, but among the least studied of the world’s seas, posing a great challenge to effective conservation of its biodiversity…. Read more »

What if Mozambique found a new species of Hammerhead?

A new hammerhead shark species was discovered in the beginning of November. University of South Carolina researcher Joe Quattro and his team discovered the Carolina hammerhead, Sphyrna gilberti. Their research on the scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) led them to find some anomalies within their individual sharks, which led them to their discovery. One of these differences was the number of vertebrae, and x-rays were able… Read more »

Hammerhead in Tofo

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 »

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 »

Marine Conservation in Mozambique – July 2013

Welcome to the July 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 March’s newsletter then please email us! Special: Join… Read more »

Into the Deep: Implementing CITES Measures for Commercially-Valuable Sharks and Manta Rays

A report by Victoria Mundy-Taylor and Vicki Crook, Written by Hannah Darrin This is a review of the TRAFFIC report on the implementation of CITES in relation to Mozambique and the Southern African Area. Into the deep: Implementing CITES measures for commercially-valuable sharks and manta rays  was commissioned by the European Union after seven species of marine elasmobranchs were listed on Appendix II of  the Convention on… Read more »

Phuket hotels say no to shark fin soup

PHUKET: More than 30 hotels from around Phuket joined a Fin Free Campaign – aimed at removing shark fin soup from all hotel and restaurant menus on the island – on July 5 at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. Although far from a significant percentage of hotels on the island, it is Steve Galster’s, Director of Freeland, hope that this may lead to further… Read more »