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MessageSujet: SHARKS   Jeu 19 Juil - 8:16

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Imagining Pirates

Photo: Carolina A. CastroThe last two weeks of college were a struggle. While my friends at school had internships set up working for banks such as JP Morgan and various start-up companies in the San Francisco Bay area, I was planning to join the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – a so called “environmental terrorist group.” I found myself constantly trying to imagine what I would actually be doing this coming summer. I knew it was a shark campaign in the South Pacific but other than that my summer job was just a vague idea I constantly was trying to fathom. During exams week I found myself repeatedly watching Sharkwater and getting myself amped up. It was hard to focus on learning computer programming knowing that in only a few weeks I would be diving alongside a school of reef sharks and working in areas where there fate may be determined by my presence.

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Monday, July 16, 2012
I Love the Light
Today I went to church for the first time in years. I found myself asked by the chief of the village on Makongi to attend their weekly sermon. You see, later that afternoon we were meant to teach the village kids about sharks, so as is custom, they wanted to bring the guests into their Sunday morning festivities.

The room was bursting with excitement for the foreigners – 60 Fijians thrilled to welcome us into their special place. A single-roomed building that serves as the town’s classroom, church and meeting hall with a grass mat on the floor. And as the room filled with the most beautiful hymn, my eyes filled uncontrollably with tears.

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Friend or Foe? Discussions with a Long Liner
Last night, I ended up across the table from the person whom I thought was my enemy. After a long day spent at governmental offices getting handed off and shuffled around – all in the innocent hopes of receiving approval to serve as a volunteer teacher to teach Fijian kids about the importance of sharks in their waters – an urgent call came in. “Hurry up and get here. A commercial longlining captain will talk to you.”

Wait a minute… The owner of a tuna longlining boat wants to talk to me? Ok, must be some sort of miscommunication – certainly he doesn’t know what organizations I am with and my stance on tuna long liners and sharks – who have quickly become the target of their catch. In fact 7% of the tuna fishing catch in Fiji is shark – but it makes up 30% of their income/profit. And with up to 50% of sharks caught as “bycatch” by tuna longliners, I certainly have a strong opinion on these ships and their owners. I am still haunted by the memories of the horrifying images of 7,000 sharks landed in a single day in Kessenuma (LINK: ) by supposed tuna long liners (only a handful of tuna were actually landed that day.)

But what an opportunity. It is so rare to be able to talk candidly with the opposition without of course some sort of cover story and mistruths as to my identity. So I rushed over.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Misunderstandings in the South Pacific

Photo: Simon AgerHow does the saying go about the best of intentions? Today in Fiji it went something like this… The best of intentions lead to huge misunderstandings and massive discouragement all around. And once again, sharks draw the short stick.

A few months ago, the Fijian government shocked us when it came out with an unfounded warning prohibiting Sea Shepherd from its waters.

Sea Shepherd had not sought permission to enter Fijian waters – and we are certain that an unfortunate miscommunication occurred regarding our intent. We work collaboratively with governments – like we have in the Galapagos. We had full intent of approaching the Prime Minister and Attorney General, once the shark sanctuary decision in Fiji was made, to offer our assistance. We would not enter Fiji to perform illegal activities – we enforce laws and we aim to work collaboratively to protect sharks. Our response was summarized in this interview.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Turning fear into a passion... for sharks!
By Julie, Campaign leader


Meet Mercy, our newest Shark Angel. He is the youngest crew member of the Pacific Voyagers vaka, the Hine Moana. He grew up terrified of sharks, as most Tongans do. Yet, a moment in Cocos changed his life when he decided to overcome his fear ­ and he realized sharks are not what they seem.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Shepherds, Angels and Voyagers Unite

Julie rides the bow of the Fijian Vaka with the Bardot in the distance on one of our crew swap sails. Photo: CarolinaWe didn’t choose the Solomon Islands as our first stop in the campaign randomly. In fact, it was for a very specific purpose. We chose it because it was the final destination for the Pacific Voyagers. In the last week The Pacific Voyagers have become our brothers and sisters in a shared mission- to protect our planet by saving our oceans.

The Pacific Voyagers have spent the last two years travelling over 20,000 miles guided by the stars, powered only by the wind and the sun. 120 passionate and absolutely determined individuals from 20 different nations are carrying forward a critical and very personal message to local communities around the Pacific – that the oceans are in trouble – yet through local action and accountability there is hope. By reconnecting with traditional cultures which have long celebrated and respected the oceans, sharing stories of what they, the Voyagers, have personally witnessed in contagious song and dance, and by illustrating there are no-impact ways to travel the seas, the Pacific Voyagers are compelling voices for the oceans. Voices that are being heard around the world.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Swapping Crew to Save the Seas
By Julie, Campaign leader


The Pacific Voyagers, Shark Angels and Sea Shepherd have forged a partnership based upon a shared mission: thru art, culture, community and grassroots movements, we can positively celebrate the oceans, share our stories and work together to protect our blue planet.

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Monday, July 9, 2012
A Spiritual Journey into the Solomons

Photo: SimonSomething has opened up in me, Xavier Rudd’s heart wrenching ‘Spirit Bird’ in my head and heart, as we set forth to islands of the South Pacific. I am on a journey of self -discovery and spiritual enlightenment.

From the beauty of watching the traditional Vaka vessels arrive at sunrise carrying the nations of the South Pacific, to the war canoes racing into shore with a hundred men singing their hearts out in native tongue, to understand, you just had to listen. Raw and powerful!

The crews of the Vakas bound together by a single message, from different nations, brothers and sisters on an incredible two-year journey. The connection to the oceans, one love for nature, to save what we have before it's too late. It is truly an inspirational journey, one that has gripped me since our arrival here in the Solomon Islands.

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MessageSujet: Re: SHARKS   Mar 5 Fév - 11:56

february the 5th 2013

Dear Aurélie,

The brutal practice of finning is claiming the lives of tens of millions of sharks every year. Many shark species are headed toward extinction — unless we can end the insatiable and unsustainable trade in shark fins.

This March, the UN body responsible for managing the global trade in endangered species will consider proposals to regulate trade in oceanic whitetip, porbeagle and hammerhead sharks. These species are especially hard hit by the still-booming fin trade and need our help. At the last meeting, the porbeagle proposal lost by just one vote!

Panamá may cast the decisive vote on these critical proposals. Please urge the Panamanian government to support an Appendix II listing for oceanic whitetips, porbeagles and hammerheads.

The fins of 26–73 million sharks pass through the Hong Kong fin market alone each year. And this market accounts for only half of the global fin trade.

Twenty-six species of shark are now endangered, and an additional 115 species are vulnerable or near threatened. Continuing shark declines pose a threat to the species' future, but also to the ocean ecosystems that depend on top predators to maintain an ecological balance.

Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) only meet every three years. CITES coordinates global efforts to manage wildlife trade and to protect species threatened by unsustainable trade. A CITES listing will bring new conservation resources to the table and will create a framework for international cooperation to help the sharks’ recovery.

Proposals to list oceanic whitetips, porbeagles and hammerhead sharks are sponsored by many nations from Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Honduras and from the rest of the world such as the European Union, Croatia, Comoros, Egypt, and the United States. Panamá’s support could be a tipping point in favor of action to save these incredible animals.

Thank you for taking action today!


Alejandra
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MessageSujet: Re: SHARKS   Ven 5 Avr - 2:19

March 15th 2013

Success! Manta Rays Win CITES Protection
by Beth Buczynski

Manta rays and five special shark species will be banned from international trade thanks to the votes of delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Sharks have been heavily targeted for their fins and mantas for their gill rakers, despite their proven value to ocean ecosystem health and to global eco-tourism. The CITES decision is a victory for conservationists around the world, including the thousands of Care2 members who signed petitions demanding that countries stop overfishing manta rays and asking for the establishment of an international trade ban. CITES is the only international treaty with the power to designate which species are in sufficient danger of extinction to warrant protection from trade. Just days ago, at the 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok, Thailand, delegates from 178 countries voted to list the following species of sharks and rays under CITES’ Appendix II, which is reserved for species necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid “utilization incompatible with their survival.”

Oceanic whitetip shark; proposed by Brazil, Colombia and United States of America with 92 countries voting in support of listing them for protection. Scalloped hammerhead shark, great hammerhead shark and smooth hammerhead shark; proposed by Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Honduras and Mexico with 91 countries voting in support of listing them for protection. Porbeagle; proposed by Brazil, Comoros, Croatia, Denmark and Egypt with 93 countries voting in support of listing them for protection. Manta rays (all species); proposed by Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador with 96 countries voting in support of listing them for protection. For years we’ve reported on the ongoing fight to stop shark finning all over the world. Through the hard work and dedication of our members, we’ve helped to spread the word about declining ocean health and the important role of all sea creatures in a healthy, diverse ecosystem. The CITES move indicates that this pressure is working: governments are waking up to the devastating effects of over-fishing and shark finning, and taking action to stop it. “The addition of these seven shark and manta species to CITES Appendix II are an important step forward in stemming the incredibly destructive trade,” added Mary O’Malley, co-leader of Manta Ray of Hope Program and a Shark Savers’ Director. “We are so thankful to the international community of CITES delegates for protecting these important and vulnerable species, and to the host country of Thailand for speaking in favor of listing mantas.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/success-manta-rays-and-5-shark-species-win-cites-protection.html#ixzz2PZiHpULR
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MessageSujet: Re: SHARKS   Dim 4 Aoû - 15:47

May 16,2013

Sign the petition

http://www.causes.com/stopsharkfinning?reposter=74&utm_campaign=activity_mailer%2Fnew_repost&utm_medium=email&utm_source=causes&token=9KUlen0-xBMc77Mmfw1d-YjE

Prohibit the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins

“This is a great campaign to stop shark finning in Florida. A motivated high school student started this petition and is taking it all the way to state leadership! Please help stop the cruel practice of taking a shark's life for its fin. Five US states already have already stopped shark finning, and it's time for the great coastal state of Florida to do the same. Whether you're in Florida or elsewhere, please sign the petition today.” — Jessica Mendoza (Campaign Leader)

Prohibit the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins
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SIGN THE PETITION
My cousin Sarah and I started this petition because we wanted to stop the senseless killing of sharks for their fins.  We've taken our campaign to the streets of Florida to build momentum for a statewide ban.  We need your support to help us put pressure on leaders to protect one of the most important species in the ocean.

Between 26 million and 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins and some shark populations have declined by as much as 90 percent as a result, scientists estimate. The fin is often sliced off the living shark, which is then thrown back into the ocean and dies of blood loss or suffocation. [1]  Shark fins are used for soups and medicines but they haven't been proven to have any beneficial effects on people.

"The IUCN Shark Specialist Group considers that shark finning threatens many shark stocks, the stability of marine ecosystems, sustainable traditional fisheries, food security and socio-economically important recreational fisheries". [2] It's a shame that US currently ranks as the 7th largest exporter of shark fins in the world and as a coastal state, Florida plays a key role in helping stop the shark fin trade.

Sharks are killed regardless of sex, age or size. Since many sharks need 10 years to reach reproductive age, populations are declining rapidly.  At this rate, in a few decades, there will be nothing left in the ocean but jellyfish if the killing of this apex predator is not stopped. Please help us eliminate this horrific practice in Florida by signing this petition.

Sources:
[1] http://links.causes.com/s/clKGih?r=q8Oe

[2] http://links.causes.com/s/clKGii?r=q8Oe
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MessageSujet: Re: SHARKS   Dim 4 Aoû - 15:50

April 24, 2013

SIGN THE PETITION

http://www.causes.com/stopsharkfinning?reposter=74&utm_campaign=activity_mailer%2Fnew_repost&utm_medium=email&utm_source=causes&token=9KUlen0-xBMc77Mmfw1d-YjE

Prohibit the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins
Posted to End Shark FinningApr 24
4,053 SHARESSHARE TWEET INVITE FRIENDS
To: Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Wildlife Commission
We urge you to propose and pass legislation that bans shark finning in Florida to protect sharks from overfishing and extinction. Five states have banned the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins: Hawaii, California, Washington, Illinois, and Oregon. We ask that you take a leadership role and make Florida the sixth state with a shark fin ban.

This petition closed on August 1, 2013.
Stay informed about this campaign. Join Now.

My cousin Sarah and I started this petition because we wanted to stop the senseless killing of sharks for their fins. We've taken our campaign to the streets of Florida to build momentum for a statewide ban. We need your support to help us put pressure on leaders to protect one of the most important species in the ocean.

Between 26 million and 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins and some shark populations have declined by as much as 90 percent as a result, scientists estimate. The fin is often sliced off the living shark, which is then thrown back into the ocean and dies of blood loss or suffocation. [1] Shark fins are used for soups and medicines but they haven't been proven to have any beneficial effects on people.

"The IUCN Shark Specialist Group considers that shark finning threatens many shark stocks, the stability of marine ecosystems, sustainable traditional fisheries, food security and socio-economically important recreational fisheries". [2] It's a shame that US currently ranks as the 7th largest exporter of shark fins in the world and as a coastal state, Florida plays a key role in helping stop the shark fin trade.

Sharks are killed regardless of sex, age or size. Since many sharks need 10 years to reach reproductive age, populations are declining rapidly. At this rate, in a few decades, there will be nothing left in the ocean but jellyfish if the killing of this apex predator is not stopped. Please help us eliminate this horrific practice in Florida by signing this petition.

Sources:
[1] http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/03/08/shark-fin-ban-causes-confusion-in-chinatown/

[2] https://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/sharks-are-in-trou
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