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New case of illegal shark fishing in Greece

Another case of illegal fishing of a protected species of elasmobranch has come to our attention after a friend of iSea posted an article of viannitika.gr news site in the group Is it Alien to You? Share it!!!. The article (now removed from the website) included photos of a professional fisher from Crete exhibiting a captured and landed individual of Isurus oxyrinchus (SMA), Shortfin Mako with the title  “A scary but … delicious capture”. Read more “New case of illegal shark fishing in Greece”

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Another scientific publication in the context of the project…

Many times in the context of Is it Alien to You?…Share it!!! citizen scientists send us their observations of species that are not alien but rare. Yesterday we published a paper that contributes 25 new records of five data-limited species in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. More specifically the species are:

  • Alectis alexandrina
  • Ranzania laevis
  • Dalatias licha
  • Lophotus lacepede
  • Sudis hyalina

Read more “Another scientific publication in the context of the project Is it Alien to You?…Share it!!!”

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New alien species with Atlantic origins recorded for the…

New alien species, native to the western Atlantic, captured by a professional fisherman in Isthmia, Argosaronic Gulf. A friend of the fisher contacted the Is it Alien to you…. Share it!!! team. The individual identified as Chaetodipterus faber (Atlantic spadefish) and the specimen sent to iSea for further study. Today the scientific publication published, which confirms the first record of the species in the Mediterranean and thus in the Greek waters. Read more “New alien species with Atlantic origins recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean”

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Letter to the competent Greek ministries and authorities regarding…

Following our recent scientific publication and the consequent press release, iSea and the University of Patras sent a letter to the Ministries of Environment and Energy, of Rural Development and Food and to the Bureau of Fisheries Control for bringing into their attention the issue of illegal fishing and trade of sharks and rays in Greece. Read more “Letter to the competent Greek ministries and authorities regarding the illegal fishing and trade of elasmobranchs”

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Putting the spotlight on Mediterranean angel sharks

Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan

Angel Sharks are chondrichthyans that live in tropical and subtropical coastal waters and growing to over 1.5 metres long, angel sharks are at risk from fishing and habitat degradation. Three species of Critically Endangered angel sharks are present in the Mediterranean – Sawback Angelshark Squatina aculeata, Smoothback Angelshark Squatina oculata, and Angelshark Squatina squatina. With over 20 coastal states and territories, the complex nature of the Mediterranean creates further need for highly collaborative action to build capacity for angel shark conservation. For this reason, the Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan was developed to provides a framework for conservation action for angel sharks in the Mediterranean, Read more “Putting the spotlight on Mediterranean angel sharks”

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Coastal Cleanup at the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki

With a collaborator the organisation ethelon and the participation of the Environmental Team of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Β.Α.Τ. – Bio Auth Team, Hikers Thessaloniki, Origen.gr, the team «Tην πόλη μου ΕΓΩ την φτιάχνω όμορφη. ΚΑΙ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΜΟΥ!!» and «νοια-ΖΩ- μαι για την πόλη μου και για τους άλλους» and also with local residents, we carried out a coastal cleanup in the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki and collected 440 kg of litter. Read more “Coastal Cleanup at the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki”