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Remembering Rob Stewart a champion for sharks and the oceans

We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our good friend Rob Stewart. Rob passed away doing what he loved best- diving. Using a rebreather and reaching depths of 230 feet on Alligator Reef, south of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Rob was seeking to film the elusive sawfish for his latest documentary. He returned to the surface after his third dive of the day, but as crew dealt with an emergency with his dive buddy, Rob disappeared. After an extensive search his body was later recovered from the ocean floor.

The U.S. takes a stance against seafood fraud and illegal fishing

New U.S. regulations will protect marine mammals, such as this sea lion, in international fisheries (Laura Wais)

Last month, the U.S. made an announcement that could help reduce illegal fishing and seafood fraud in foreign fisheries.

The U.S. will now increase traceability of seafood imports from high risk countries to ensure compliance with national and international fishing regulations. This legislation will complement regulations enacted last fall to ensure international compliance with American fishing standards for protecting marine mammals. Together, these regulations ensure that foreign fishers wishing to import their products into the U.S.—one of the largest seafood importers in the world—take measures to curtail illegal fishing in their waters.

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Air China Bans Shark Fin: Imports to China down 82% in 3 years

HONG KONG, 06 January 2017 – The week after China announced it would end domestic ivory trade, Air China today announced its 'No Shark Fin' carriage policy.

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BREAKING NEWS: China Announces Domestic Ivory Ban

BEIJING (30 December 2016) — The end of the world’s largest ivory market was announced today by the Chinese government as it released a detailed timetable for ending its legal ivory trade. Domestic ivory sales will be banned by the end of 2017 with the first batch of factories and traders to close their business by 31 March 2017.

Hong Kong Government Announces Ivory Ban Legislation

AFCD director Leung Siu-fai (left) and the Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing (right)

HONG KONG, (21 December 2016) – In an early Christmas present to African elephants, today the Hong Kong government fleshed out its plans to ban the city's ivory trade.

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