Tuesday, August 3, 2021


Public health experts are concerned many kids have missed important checkups and vaccinations, and a third DC Police officer who responded to the January 6 insurrection takes his own life.


The White House calls for states to rescue renters, Senators dissect a massive infrastructure plan, and both the White House and Congress are losing approval in the eyes of voters.

CA Shark Danger: Not Their Jaws But Their Fins


Friday, May 29, 2009   

Surfers will be out in force along the Pacific Coast as we head toward summer, and some will be thinking about sharks in the water, though experts say it's the sharks that are in danger - from over-hunting.

Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group, says, between 1926 and 2007, there were only 96 shark attacks in California waters and only seven were fatal.

"It's a very-rare occurrence that a shark attack actually takes place in California waters and that it's fatal. You have much better chance of dying by having a major incident with a vending machine."

Up to 70 million sharks are being killed each year in a quest for their fins, says Rand, which are a delicacy in some Asian cuisines. A management plan is needed to address the diminishing shark population, he adds.

Congress is debating a measure that would stop fisherman from killing sharks purely for their fins. One vessel was stopped recently with 32 tons of shark fin aboard, but the operators could not be prosecuted because it was not a fishing boat.

Julie Arner, manager of the Pew Environment Group, says Congress is crafting a measure that would apply to all vessels.

"Under the proposed law, if a ship were in U.S. waters and was carrying shark fins, those fins must be naturally attached to the shark. This is really important for enforcement of the law, and for scientific data collection."

One reason Californians should care about what happens to sharks, says Arner, is that they're a top predator. For example, sharks eat rays that prey on scallops and, with fewer sharks in the ocean, there have been drops in the scallop population as well.

get more stories like this via email

The commission charged with drawing Ohio's 99 House and 33 Senate districts meets this week. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- New congressional and legislative maps will soon start to take shape in Ohio. The Ohio Redistricting Commission convenes for the …

Social Issues

DENVER -- Today marks the day Black women in the U.S. will finally earn as much as a white, non-Hispanic man was paid in 2020. Ashley Panelli…


CHICAGO -- As Illinois residents get ready for more high temperatures this August, utility watchdogs are urging people to practice energy efficiency …

Chronic wasting disease can be transmitted between deer, along with food and soil contaminated by bodily fluids. (Adobe Stock)


WARREN, Pa. -- A temporary animal-feeding ban is being proposed for the Allegheny National Forest after a captive deer tested positive for chronic …

Social Issues

LOS ANGELES -- Hunger-fighting advocacy groups are speaking out in California, drawing attention to the continuing problem of food insecurity…

A new report from Georgetown University and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a coordinated and far-reaching public health campaign about childhood vaccinations. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Parents are gearing up for their children to return to the classroom for the first time in over a year, and public health …


LITCHFIELD, N.H. -- A 63-acre parcel of land along the Merrimack River is becoming part of the New Hampshire Agrarian Commons. The property, known as …

Social Issues

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's General Assembly Special Session begins today to budget more than $4 billion in federal COVID relief funds, and advocates …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021