ICCAT protects silky sharks, leaves porbeagles vulnerable and finning ban weak
Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have acted on one of three shark conservation proposals. ICCAT Parties adopted protections for silky sharks, based on a proposal from the EU, Brazil, and the US. Proposals to protect porbeagle sharks and to strengthen the ICCAT ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) were defeated.
Bali Crystal Diver's a hosting a special Dinner for Divers event where we will be celebrating collecting over 1000 signatures for Project Aware's Give Sharks a Fighting Chance petition! We wil be offering a 50% discount on Dinner for all Divers who arrive with their Certification Card between 6pm and 8pm and will be raising funds for Project Aware Shark Conservation on the night!
Scientists and law-makers across the world are prioritising the protection of sharks, but critics say the measures don't work.
The shark that lands on the deck of the Coral Princess boat is 6.5ft of thrashing grey muscle and teeth, and the crew can't wait to get their hands on him.
They slip a plastic breathing tube through rows of sharp, serrated teeth to pump water over its gills, and get to work: measuring, taking blood and tissue samples, and drilling a small hole in its dorsal fin to attach a satellite transmitter. The device looks a bit like a bath toy.
When Lee Johnson, owner of Perth Scuba in Western Australia, first read the AWARE Shark Conservation Study Guide he was horrified by the number of sharks killed every year. "The figures were very sobering. It makes you want to act to protect them, NOW!"
Lee has always had a fascination with sharks. Now Lee teaches AWARE Shark Conservation to inform his divers of major ocean protection issues and tell them how they can act locally and internationally to protect sharks.
Aquaria KLCC is joining with TRACC, Shark Savers Malaysia and others to launch a save the sharks campaign. Exhibits, displays, information & a school programme will all be used to raise awareness of the shark crisis. The campaign ultimately aims to change the law in Malaysia to add sharks to the protected species list.
Shark populations over the last 50 years have decreased dramatically. From habitat degradation to overfishing and finning, human activities have affected their populations and made certain species all but disappear.
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Global Shark Survey
The Global Shark Survey is extracting diver observation data from the records stored in dive log books around the world. Simple records, hours underwater, sharks seen, when & where. Remember zero sharks seen is a very significant number - send us all the dives where you did NOT see sharks.
On Thursday 19th May 2011, we took our shark petition to the streets of Bristol City Centre. We had so much fun! PADI colleagues and Phil from West Country Divers, a local dive center, also joined us. We asked as many Broadmead shoppers as possible to sign the Project AWARE "Give Sharks a Fighting Chance" petition campaign. The response was great and even though some people didn't want to sign it, we managed to, if not change their minds, at least make them think about the plight of our sharks.