The release of An overview of major shark traders catchers and species by TRAFFIC reveals the extent and trends in reported trade in sharks and rays. This follows the successful listing of Longfin and Shortfin Mako Sharks in CITES1 Appendix II at the 18th Conference of the Parties held in Geneva last month.

via Sharks Attacked! Overview of Major Global Shark Traders, Catchers and Species. — Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye


The New York Times reports The state’s beloved sea mammals have been plagued by the deadly Toxoplasma parasite. They’re catching it from feral and pet cats. Read story at What’s Killing California’s Sea Otters? House Cats – New York Times

via What’s Killing California’s Sea Otters? House Cats — Natural History Wanderings

By Jim Erickson-Michigan. Reblogged from Futurity. Invasions from alien plants, animals, and pathogens threaten the economies of the world’s poorest nations, according to study. One-sixth of the global land surface is highly vulnerable to invasion, including substantial areas in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots, according to the study published in Nature Communications.

via Invasive species aren’t just a ‘first world problem’ — The Invasives Blog