Endangered shark fins discovered on a Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong

June 1, 2018 by  
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Hong Kong is the biggest trading hub for shark fins in the world. Although they’ve taken steps to halt illegal trading, conservation group Sea Shepherd recently uncovered a shipment with fins from endangered sharks that arrived via a Singapore Airlines flight for a Hong Kong dried seafood company. Sea Shepherd said the fins came from whale sharks and possibly oceanic whitetip sharks. Endangered shark fins arrived in a 2,150-pound shipment marked ‘Dry Seafood’ for Win Lee Fung Ltd . The shipment came from Colombo, Sri Lanka by way of Singapore. Singapore Airlines bans shark fin cargo and said they’d sent a reminder to all stations to administer sampling checks on shipments with such a label. They also said they blacklisted the shipper. Sea Shepherd Asia director Gary Stokes told Reuters , “This is another case of misleading and deceiving. The shipment came declared as ‘dried seafood’ so [it] didn’t flag any alarms.” Related: 500-mile-long shark highway could become a protected wildlife corridor Shark fins can be imported in Hong Kong, but for species listed by the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), there must be a permit. The species discovered in the shipment were CITES Appendix 2 species and were concealed among legal fins. Sea Shepherd said smugglers operate by utilizing a vague description — and as Hong Kong Customs is barely able to check 1 percent of containers arriving in the territory, a shipment with a label like ‘Dry Seafood’ could easily escape notice. “Sea Shepherd Global have asked the Hong Kong Government for a mandatory use of the international Harmonized Shipping Codes for all wildlife products at time of booking for any goods destined to Hong Kong,” Sea Shepherd said in its statement. “Only then would Hong Kong Customs and [Agricultural, Fishers & Conservation Department] stand a fighting chance to have more effective inspections on containers when they know the contents before they arrive.” As of now, shark fin smugglers only have to declare what was in a shipment 14 days after it has arrived in Hong Kong or pay a penalty of around $10. The World Wildlife Fund said around 100 million sharks could be killed every year, and they’re frequently targeted for their fins. + Sea Shepherd Via Reuters Images courtesy of Sea Shepherd Global

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How Hot Is It In Texas?

August 5, 2011 by  
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Texas Gov. Ricky Perry’s swagger and anti-science views won’t turn down the heat in his state/via rickperry.org I’ve been to Texas a few times in the past year to visit a friend who moved there, but I’m not planning on returning any time soon if the state’s record heat keeps up. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Thursday marked the 34th consecutive day that the mercury level went over the 100 mark. Dating back to 1895, July was the hottest month ever recorded in Texas, a state that knows a few thin… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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January Jones Dives Back into Shark Conservation, Reese Witherspoon’s Elephant Memory, and More

May 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: Oceana “Mad Men” actress January Jones continues her work with Oceana ‘s shark conservation in this new PSA she filmed while swimming with whale sharks in Belize’s Gladden Spit Marine Reserve. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ocean Film Fest 2010: Whale Sharks By The Hundreds at Isla Holbox

February 8, 2010 by  
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Photo via San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Isla Holbox is a small island off the coast of Mexico that boasts an unusually large whale shark population. The nutrient-rich waters are a perfect feeding ground for the largest fish in the ocean

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Ocean Film Fest 2010: Scientists Unravel The Mystery and Plight Of Seahorses (Video)

February 8, 2010 by  
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Image via KQED Seahorses are some of the most beloved of the tropical fish. But, they’re also very popular in traditional Chinese medicine, used for for male virility, and as souvenirs. The Monterey Bay Aquarium describes the fragility of seahorse populations: “Seahorses and the places they live face a range of threats in the wild, including destruction of the coral reefs and sea grass beds where seahorses live, fishing techniques which mistakenly catch seahorses, and collection of seahor…

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Survey Says Americans Support Carbon Tax More Than Cap-and-Trade – But Nobody Really Knows Much About Either…

February 8, 2010 by  
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There have been a slew of surveys coming out lately showing what Americans supposedly want or don’t want in terms of energy policy, climate policy and about climate change more broadly. I say supposedly, because the results of these different surveys don’t always jive with one another . This latest one, by the US Climate Task Force , and highlighted by The Energy Collective , says that US voters think a straight carbon …

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