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Sea Shepherd challenges shark kill policy in Australia

Militant environmental group Sea Shepherd on Wednesday said it is seeking a Supreme Court injunction to halt a controversial shark culling policy in Western Australia. The group, best known for battling Japanese whalers in the Antarctic, has teamed up with Sharon Burden, the mother of a shark attack victim, to apply for a judicial review of the decision, claiming it involves the unlawful killing of a protected species.

Sea Shepherd challenges shark kill policy in Australia

Militant environmental group Sea Shepherd on Wednesday said it is seeking a Supreme Court injunction to halt a controversial shark culling policy in Western Australia. The group, best known for battling Japanese whalers in the Antarctic, has teamed up with Sharon Burden, the mother of a shark attack victim, to apply for a judicial review of the decision, claiming it involves the unlawful killing of a protected species.

Shark attacks down last year but fatalities up

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Shark attacks fell to a five-year low in 2013 but the number of fatalities rose to 10, up from an average of six deaths in recent years, according to a report released on Monday. There were 72 confirmed shark attacks in 2013, with Florida leading the globe with 23 and Hawaii with 13, according to the University of Florida's annual International Shark Attack File. (Shark study: http://r.reuters.com/zac96v)

Calif wildlife officials bust San Francisco man with more than a ton of shark fin

SAN FRANCISCO - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday. Michael Kwong, 42, of Kwong Yip Inc. was cited for having 2,138 pounds of the fins, which violates California's ban that went into effect in July, said Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Possessing shark fins, selling or trading them is a misdemeanour under California's law, so Foy said it will be up to a judge to determine any penalty.

Man feared dead from shark attack in Australia

A man was feared dead from a shark attack Saturday after going missing while spear-fishing off the South Australia coast. Police said the 28-year-old from Adelaide disappeared in the water off Goldsmith Beach, near Yorke Peninsula, with a helicopter and boats at the scene looking for him. "At about midday, the man was part of a group spear-fishing at a popular area at Goldsmith Beach when witnesses report seeing a shark attack the man," police said.

Thousands rally against shark cull in Australia

Thousands of people rallied across Australia Saturday against a controversial shark culling policy designed to prevent attacks, saying killing the marine animals was the not the answer. The controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches was given the green light last month after six fatal attacks in the past two years.

N. Zealand diver fights off shark with knife, stitches wounds

A New Zealand doctor fought off an attacking shark with a knife before heading ashore to stitch his own wounds and on to the nearest pub for a beer, reports said Tuesday. James Grant was spearfishing near Colac Bay on the southern coast of New Zealand on Saturday when he felt the shark wrap its jaws around his leg. "(I thought) bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg," he told Radio New Zealand.

'The world's biggest slaughterhouse' for whale sharks found in China

A factory which processes around 600 whale sharks annually has been found in southern China, a conservation group said Monday, calling it the world's biggest slaughterhouse for the endangered species. Hong Kong-based conservation group WildLifeRisk said it discovered the factory in the town of Pu Qi in Zhejiang province after a four-year investigation. It said the sharks are slaughtered and processed mostly to produce shark oil for health supplements.

Shark repelling devices jump in popularity on Maui after series of shark attacks

KIHEI, Hawaii - A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse. "They just cannot make these things fast enough," said Hawaiian Island Surf Users strap the devices to their ankles, wetsuits or surfboards. Some are about the size of an oversized watch, others the size of a wallet. They range in price from $399 to $649.

Australia to go ahead with shark 'kill' zones

A controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches got the green light in Australia, in a move the Humane Society Tuesday termed a "complete disgrace". The federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to approve Western Australia's shark mitigation plan, which is aimed at reducing the risks to water users after six fatal attacks in the past two years. It means baited drum lines with hooks designed to capture large sharks can be set one kilometre (0.62 miles) offshore at busy Western Australian beaches from now until April 30.
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