Fishing Boat Owner Pleads Guilty In Shark Finning Case

Oct 10, 2020
U.S. Attorney's Office via AP

A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday in a case involving Indonesian crew members who cut fins from sharks.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Today we focus our attention on sharks. We go sleuthing for DNA clues for the predators. Who are the culprits stealing the catch of fishers? And what's on the high tech horizon? What are the emerging tools that researchers can use to understand the ecology of sharks?

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Sharks have long held an important place in Hawaiian history and culture. To many they are protectors, family guardians or “amakua.” Now researchers in Australia are using lessons from sharks to fight disease. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Friday, June 24th, 2016

Jun 24, 2016
Marine Conservation Science Institute

Coral Reef Symposium; Studying Sharks; Collusion Among Contractors for School AC; Rising Stars Showcase

Coral Reef Symposium: Hugh Possingham

Flickr / Vic DeLeon
Flickr / Vic DeLeon

Hawai’i made international news yesterday with another fatal shark attack on Maui.  Makena State Recreation Area was closed after the attack that happened before 10:30 am.  Maui police identified the victim as 57-year-old Patrick A. Briney of Stevenson, Washington.  A companion says Briney was fishing with artificial lures from a kayak with his leg dangling in the water when his leg was bitten.  It was the second fatal shark attack off South Maui in less than four months.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there is one similarity in the Maui attacks.

Flickr / Vic DeLeon
Flickr / Vic DeLeon

One of the long-term concerns about that molasses spill in Honolulu harbor is the health of coral. The lingering damage of the spill on the reef ecosystem remains unclear. This week, an Australian study finds another connection between reef health and sharks. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.