With Fins Off the Menu, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor decades, the decline of sharks – sought for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.Along with the economic boom in China and other Asian countries came the ability for millions to afford shark fin soup. As more sharks were harvested to feed that appetite, it became clear to scientists how vital these top-predators were for the entire ocean ecosystem – from algae to sea-grass, turtles to tuna.In the last year, there’s been some good news leading conservationists to believe that the tide for struggling sharks, at last, may be turning.Man Expertly Grabs Pelican to Save it From Almost Certain Death (WATCH)Global fin trade is declining. The U.S., European Union, and India, along with close to 100 other nations from the Mideast to the Caribbean, have banned finning — the practice of catching sharks solely to harvest fins. Some of those countries, like New Zealand, were huge exporters.China, Hong Kong and Malaysia have all banned the soup at government functions, five hotel chains have taken it off their menus and 26 airlines have refused to transport shark fins. On a recent survey in China 85% of respondents said they no longer ate shark fin soup. In fact, so many people have lost their appetite for shark, that the fins are as cheap as squid — essentially destroying the market for them in some parts of China.Transforming Lion Killers into ‘Lion Guardians’ in AfricaA preeminent marine biologist praised a turnaround in US fisheries management in the last decade, saying officials have basically altered their direction on shark management 180 degrees, calling new policies “among the best in the world.” Sharks are also bolstered by pledges from 205 marinas and 103 other businesses around the globe to forbid or discourage the offloading of dead sharks.Even as sharks recover in some waters they’re getting hammered when they migrate to countries that don’t manage them, so nations and conservationists need to continue pushing for tough regulations to make sure the tide keeps turning for these crucial top-level predators.(Source: Yale 360, March 2015, from a feature by Ted Williams) – Photo by Travel Bag Ltd (travelbag.co.uk), CC licenseAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Commercial Vehicle Group Announces Retirement Of Director Richard Snell And Election Of Director Janice Stipp

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementCommercial Vehicle Group (CVG) has elected Janice Stipp as an independent director to the board, effective February 28, 2019. Stipp will serve on the board’s audit and nominating and governance committees. She will stand for re-election at the company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.Stipp brings more than 35 years of financial and accounting leadership experience and has served as chief financial officer (CFO) of both public and private companies. She currently serves as a director for ArcBest Corp. and is on the Michigan State University Foundation Board. Stipp is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University, in addition to a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.CVG also announced the retirement of Richard Snell, effective May 16, without standing for re-election at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Snell has served as a director since 2004 and was chairman of the board from March 2010 through May 2018. Current Chairman Scott Arves thanked departing Director Snell and welcomed Director Stipp to the Board. “Dick has been an invaluable contributor to the Board since the company’s earliest days and provided extraordinary leadership to the board and the company during his tenure. On behalf of the entire board of directors, I want to express my appreciation for Dick’s contributions and friendship as we worked together to support the Company’s strategic goals and priorities.”Advertisement“I also want to welcome Janice to the board,” Arves added. “We are very pleased to have someone of her caliber join us. She brings relevant skills and significant experience in areas of critical importance to the company that will enhance our board’s capabilities as we guide the company through the execution of its long term growth initiatives.”Snell said, “It has been a privilege to serve the shareholders of CVG for 15 years. It has been gratifying to work with the board and management at CVG and I look forward to following their future success.”He added, “Janice will bring relevant experience and fresh perspectives to the board that will help shape the company’s future. I wish her, my fellow directors and CVG the very best.”last_img read more

Norway: Siem Offshore Acquires Pct 50 of Secunda Canada

first_imgSiem Offshore and Birch Hill Equity Partners Inc., together the “Parties”, have entered into an agreement whereby Siem Offshore today has acquired 50 percent ownership in Secunda Canada LP at a purchase price of CAD 16.25 million paid in cash.Secunda has more than two decades of offshore experience in serving the oil and gas industry and currently owns and operates a fleet of six offshore support vessels on Canada’s east coast.Secunda has a total of 170 employees (onshore and offshore) and has offices at St. John’s and Halifax. The management team is represented by: Idar Hillersøy, President & Chief Executive Officer Sam Amendola, Chief Financial Officer Darrell Sheppard, Vice President Operations Colleen Alexander, Director Human Resources Chris Pitts, Director Business DevelopmentThe current Board of Secunda is represented by: Paul Henry, ChairmanJohn MacIntyre, DirectorBill Stedman, DirectorDean MacDonald, Director Johan Koss, DirectorThe Parties have agreed that each party shall have an equal Board representation in Secunda.Birch Hill established Secunda in March 2012 following an asset transaction. The 2012 financial statements for Secunda, covering the period from March – December 2012, includes revenues of CAD 33.4 million and an operating margin of CAD 7.8 million. Total asset was CAD 60.6 million at 31 December 2012. Shareholder equity was CAD 27.8 million.The ownership in Secunda will give Siem Offshore a strategic position in Canada’s east coast offshore sector. The aim is to grow the business of Secunda and also to develop Siem Offshore’s current business through the position represented by Secunda.[mappress]Siem Offshore, September 9, 2013last_img read more

Delta delivers in Albania

first_imgThe five gensets arrived at Piraeus Port from Houston, USA onboard one of Hapag-Lloyd’s container vessels on 40 ft flatracks.Once at the port, Delta Maritime loaded the cargo on to trailers for delivery to the site in Albania.In a separate project, Brunel Project Cargo (BPC) has transported a 41-tonne unit from the UK to China.BPC transported the cargo, which measured 4.3 m x 3 m x 4 m, from the supplier’s premises to Port of Felixstowe in the UK, travelling at a maximum speed of 40 mph (64.6 kph).Upon arrival at the port, the cargo was lashed and secured for onward transportation to China. Delta Maritime is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) in Greece and Serbia, while BPC is a member in the UK. www.delta-maritime.netwww.brunelprojectcargo.co.ukwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

Man United duo Schneiderlin and Depay ‘free to join Everton’ – Reports

first_imgManchester United will allow both Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay to leave the club in the January transfer window, with Everton reportedly close to landing the duo.The out-of-favour stars both cost the Red Devils £25million in the summer of 2014, yet neither have started a single Premier League game under Jose Mourinho this season.It is claimed United hope to recoup most of Schneiderlin fee from his permanent transfer to Goodison Park.Dutch winger Depay, meanwhile, is likely to only leave on loan.Koeman has of course worked with Schneiderlin during his time at Southampton, where the midfielder’s commanding performances in the middle of the park attracted Manchester United’s interest in the first-place.The manager likely sees the 27-year-old Frenchman as the successor to 35-year-old ex-England international Gareth Barry as his midfield lynchpin.Koeman’s compatriot Depay would give the Toffees extra zip in attack, with Aaron Lennon becoming as bit-part player this season, while both Gerard Deulofeu and Kevin Mirallas have been plagued by inconsistent and indifferent form.Depay’s move would also provide a short-term replacement for Yannick Bolasie, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.The United pair have been linked with the Toffees for some time, and when quizzed about the transfer reports, manager Mourinho said on Tuesday: ‘I am always open to listen to offers for every player. “Any player who knocks on my door and is not happy and wants to move, when the offers are correct, I will never stop a player from leaving, even if it is to a rival.“When Mata left Chelsea to come to United – no problem at all. I am always open.” Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay are set to join Everton 1last_img read more