The Costa Rican government angered conservationists Friday when it declined to vote on whether to list two shark species as needing protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
In a letter published as a full-page ad in Spanish-language daily La Nación on Monday, conservation group Sharkproject International announced the nomination of President Luis Guillermo Solís for the 2016 Shark Enemy of the Year award.
Two weeks ago, park rangers at Isla del Coco National Park, located 590 kilometers west of Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, discovered six dead silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) and blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) on longline hooks within the boundaries of the park's protected marine area.
GUANGZHOU, China – A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.