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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 3: Dusky Learns What Can be Done to Save His Friends

Dusky the Shark learns what can be done to save dusky sharks

Dusky the Shark learns what can be done to save his friends. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the third post in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. This week, Dusky will appear in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species.


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Photos: Introducing Deep-Sea Sharks, Some of the Wildest Looking Fish in the Oceans

Deep sea sharks have special adaptations

Frilled Shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus). (Photo: © Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Did you know that over 350 shark species exist? Despite that massive number, most of the cartilaginous fish that get our attention are often the ones that frequent coastlines or are the most charismatic, like great white sharks and whale sharks.


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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 2: Dusky Learns Why His Population is Declining

Oceana helps dusky the shark

Dusky the Shark learns why his population is declining. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the second in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. Over the next few days, Dusky will appear in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. Check The Beacon again tomorrow for the next installment of Dusky’s Big Adventure, and click here to see Monday’s installment of Dusky’s Big Adventure.


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Dusky’s Big Adventure, Day 1: Dusky Turns to Oceana for Help

Dusky shark populations have declined by 99 percent

Dusky the Shark comes ashore to ask Oceana for help in rebuilding his population. (Photo: Oceana)

This is the first in a five-part blog series that features Dusky the Shark. Over the next few days, Dusky will appear in a comic strip that explains why dusky sharks in the northwestern Atlantic are at risk, and what actions he and Oceana are taking to protect his species. Check The Beacon again tomorrow for the next installment of Dusky’s Big Adventure.


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Meet the Dusky Shark: A Species that Needs Your Help to Literally Get Off the Hook (Photos)

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Co

A dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus). (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons)

You may not have heard of the dusky shark, a bronze-blue colored species found in warm coastal and pelagic waters around the world. While they may not be as famous as the favored great white or tiger sharks, dusky sharks are just as fascinating: These apex predators can live to be 40 years old, grow to be 12 feet long, and return to their natal regional waters to give birth. Unfortunately, dusky sharks off the Atlantic coast are in trouble.


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Setback for Shark Conservation: Hammerhead Sharks Denied Protection under Endangered Species Act

A great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran)

A great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran). (Photo: Wendell Reed / Flickr Creative Commons)

Last month, scientists, conservationists, and the ecotourism industry alike were all disappointed when the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determined that the great hammerhead shark will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS also decided against listing scalloped hammerhead sharks in the U.S. last year, a motion that was finalized this month.


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CEO Note: “Wasted Cash” Report Reveals Staggering Cost of Bycatch

Bycatch

(Photo: Oceana / María José Cornax)

Discarding fish is akin to throwing money into the ocean, yet the U.S. fishing industry wastes millions of pounds of seafood each year. Bycatch is not only wasteful, but kills countless numbers of marine creatures like dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks in the process.


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Fishery Managers Move to Clean up the California Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery

sperm whale

A sperm whale. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Cuetos)

The Pacific Fishery Management Council recently made a historic move by voting to clean up the California swordfish drift gillnet fishery—one of the dirtiest U.S. fisheries for bycatch.


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New Oceana Report Unveils Wasted Cash in U.S. Fisheries

Wasted Cash report shows the striking cost of bycatch.

(Photo: Oceana)

Bycatch, the capture and waste of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, costs fishermen and the marine environment in more ways than one.  In addition to being ecologically wasteful, discarding fish is akin to throwing money into the ocean.  Today, Oceana released a new report that spotlights the economic losses from bycatch—an amount that could reach a staggering $1 billion annually.   


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Oceana Wins Bycatch Victories from Northeast Fisheries Managers

(Photo: Oceana / Marek Budniak)

Last week, the New England Fishery Management Council took an important step forward for ocean conservation by agreeing to allocate $800,000 to support fishery research in the struggling groundfish fishery for cod, haddock and flounder. The Council has funds to support several projects and included bycatch reduction and solutions as themes in the call for research proposals.


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