Ted Williams's Blog Archive November, 2011

Mixed Results for Sharks at Atlantic Tuna Commission Meeting

ICCAT protects silky sharks, leaves porbeagles vulnerable and finning ban weak

Istanbul. November 19, 2011. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have acted on one of three shark conservation proposals. ICCAT Parties adopted protections for silky sharks, based on a proposal from the EU, Brazil, and the US. Proposals to protect porbeagle sharks and to strengthen the ICCAT ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) were defeated.

DRBC HEARS US AND CANCELS VOTE TO OPEN UP THE DELAWARE RIVER BASIN TO GAS DRILLING

The DRBC cancelled its meeting on November 21 where it was going to vote on opening up the Delaware River Basin to gas drilling. While all the facts are not yet in, it looks as if they cancelled because they just didn’t have the votes to approve. The DRBC is made up of representatives of 4 states – NY, NJ, PA and DE, plus a federal representative.