Shark Protection, Fishing Towns and Whaling

Written by on April 7, 2013 in Marine Life

Daily Summary

Dried shark fins.

Dried shark fins. Photo credit: chooyutshing via photopin cc.

Bill to Protect Sharks Moves Forward in Maryland

Yesterday, the Maryland State Senate approved a bill that will strengthen regulations on the sale and possession of shark fins in the state. The bill will now go on to Governor Martin O’Malley to be signed into law. Shark finning is already illegal in the United States, but there are no federal laws involving the trade of shark fins. Passing this bill in Maryland is a step in the right direction for the United States. To learn more, check out this article from the Humane Society: Maryland General Assembly Moves Forward with Shark Fin Trade Ban.

Japan reports ‘record low’ whaling haul

This season, Japanese whalers collected 103 Antarctic minke whales and no fin whales, making this the least successful hunt since “scientific whaling” began in 1987. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says the “record low” haul is due to “unforgivable sabotage” committed by environmentalist group Sea Shepherd. Watch this video with Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown to learn more about the situation.

calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel.

calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel. the only whaling factory ship. Photo credit: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Last of the Trawler Men

Check out this beautiful photo post from Reuters photographer, Dylan Martinez who recently spent time in the fishing port of Whitby in northern England. Once a busy fishing port, now only 200 people are employed in fishing and the fleet only has a few boats left.

Fishing boat in Whitby Harbor.

Fishing boat in Whitby Harbor. Photo credit: Iain Farrell via photopin cc.

And here’s a bonus one: What’s Your Shark Personality?

You can find out what Harry Potter House you belong in, what your Hunger Games name would be and even which Disney Princess you relate to the most. And now, thanks to Discovery, you can finally find out what shark you would be. Take the 5-question quiz and let us know what shark personality you have in the comments section!

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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