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A Full Press for Sharks This Year

Jan. 23/12

Overfishing. Finning. Endangered. These are all words that we should not have to associate with global shark species.

The good news is, we know from experience, when we do the work, the ocean and its wildlife can be restored

Roger McManus, IUCN and Project AWARE board member

“Accumulating science tells us that sharks are critical components to healthy and thriving marine ecosystems,” says Roger McManus, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Project AWARE board member.

“When we slaughter sharks, the ecosystems are worse off. When we stop killing them, ecosystems are better, including being more productive,” says McManus. “The good news is, we know from experience, when we do the work, the ocean and its wildlife can be restored.”

AWARE divers, shark advocates and volunteers across the globe are willing and ready to do the work for sharks.

In 2011, we celebrated many victories together. And we’re dedicated to a full press in 2012, to ensure even stronger shark protection worldwide.

This year we’ll work together to:

  • Gain a majority vote for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) shark listings – a powerful international treaty with trade-enforcement powers to increase shark protection worldwide.
  • Work with regional fisheries organizations like the European Union Commission to close loopholes in finning regulations.
  • Deliver thousands of shark petition signatures from divers like you, to endorse strong shark protections.
  • Pursue fins-naturally-attached rules in place for major shark fisheries/regions.

This year, we’ll talk more in depth about specific species of sharks we’re targeting for protection. We’ll explore what brings each species to the brink and how, together, we can help secure their protection status.

LET'S START TODAY!

Comments

Awesome work and keep up the

Awesome work and keep up the pressure in 2012. One thing I'd really like to hear from you is an overview of the role sharks play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Good luck!

2 years ago

NICE JOB. YOU'RE LIKE GOD FOR

NICE JOB. YOU'RE LIKE GOD FOR SHARKS, AND I ADMIRE THE THINGS THAT YOU DO. I'D LIKE TO HELP IN THE WAY THAT I CAN...

2 years ago

To add up for the Year of the

To add up for the Year of the Shark in June of 2011 Honduras signed the agreement with UN declaring all national waters of Honduras sanctuary for all species of sharks. This was achieved by the commitment of NGO and government entities like Roatan Marine Park, DIGIPESCA, ICF, Shark Legacy Project, PEW and Others. Thank you for your effort.

2 years ago

A fantastic drive for 2012.

A fantastic drive for 2012. Start by banning shark food on menus. I recently went on a cruise with Carnival Cruise lines and found they were serving shark on the menu...loud and proud. When i asked for an explanation i never got a response, form the head chef, the F&B director or the environmental officer. It is an absolute disgrace a company this size, who's bread and butter comes form being on the ocean shows complete ignorance in the oceans conservation...

2 years ago

I hope you are keeping up on

I hope you are keeping up on this post. I just got off the Carnival Glory
5-6-12 and they had shark on the menu. I too talked to the Head Chief and i was told little, other than the sharks came out of Indonesia!!!! I am outraged by the lack of care from anyone i have talked to. in return i will try my best to make it known!!!!

1 year ago

Hei, Carnaval Cruises is the

Hei,
Carnaval Cruises is the parent company of the Costa Concordia.
What do you expect?
BTW,it is US company,in NY,I think.

2 years ago