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During the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea, WCS urges government entities to protect sharks and rays from overfishing. WCS advocates improved management of fisheries, limits on catches of certain species, and increased CITES protections.
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Wildlife Conservation Society and partners call for regulation of international trade in sharks and rays  JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, September 4, 2012—The Wildlife Conservation Society and over 35 government agency and NGO partners participating in IUCN’s World Conservation Congress this week are urging the world’s governments to take urgent steps to save the world’s sharks and rays from the relentless pressure of over-fishing for international trade.  WC...
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Groundbreaking to Begin this Fall; Grand Opening Set for 2015  57,000 Square Foot  Exhibit to Feature Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles and Thousands of Fish August 16, 2012--Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper today unveiled the design and announced new funding for the New York Aquarium “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” building. The City’s Public Design Commission approved the design plan earlier this month for the 57,000 squa...
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Whale shark expert Dr. Rachel Graham presented with award by HRH Princess Anne One of World’s Most Prestigious Conservation Awards    NEW YORK (May 13, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society is pleased to announce that WCS shark conservationist, Rachel Graham, is this year’s winner of one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for grassroots nature co...
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One-time only “insider’s tour” gives visitors a closer look at some of the aquarium’s most amazing animalsSaturday, April 9 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.Register now at: www.nyaquarium.com  Brooklyn, N.Y. – March 29 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is offering some visitors the one-time only opportunity to go behind the scenes to get a deeper look into several of the aquarium’s beautiful animal exhibits.   Education staff will guide visitors through many exciting adventure...
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WCS researchers working on a New York Seascape study discover a female sand tiger shark, missing all its fins, swimming through Delaware Bay. The conservationists call the discovery a disturbing reminder about the ongoing threats to vulnerable shark populations around the world.

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Millions of sharks are finned every year for the global shark-fin soup trade Brooklyn, N.Y. – Jan. 7, 2011 - A photo released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium shows a finned shark caught in partnership with Delaware State University during a New York Seascape study in Delaware Bay.  The photo shows where the dorsal and pectoral fins were removed.  The female sand tiger shark had no anal fins, and most of its tail fin had been removed. Shark finning – the practice...
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500,000 gallons, swimming with sharks, sea turtles, rays,and thousands of schooling fishAn iconic element of the aquarium’s 10-year transformation“Ocean Wonders: Shark will inspire New Yorkers to celebrate the city’s maritime heritage and attract more visitors and business to Brooklyn’s oceanfront.” Groundbreaking: 2012 Brooklyn, New York – Dec. 14, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society has received approval from the New York City Public Design Commission for Ocean Wonders: S...
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