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Stop Overfishing in India ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

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Fish caught in India's seas-- mainly commercial fish like tuna and halibut-- are being processed at record speeds by large, factory-like ships that can freeze, clean, and package them in one fell swoop.

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Rock H (254)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 8:35 am
Signed and noted. Thanks Cher!

Constance F (418)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 8:49 am
Signed, thank you !

Elizabeth O (94)
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Joe R (190)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 9:17 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

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Kay M (347)
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Alison A (244)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 10:43 am
Signed and noted, thanks Cher.

. (0)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 11:50 am
I signed,but I didn't comment on this .Honestly,doesn't India get anything right the first time?

Lisa N (207)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 1:01 pm
Lisa, You signed on October 27, 2012.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Minister of Agriculture Sharad Pawar

naomi cohen (55)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 1:48 pm
signed. thank you.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 3:57 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.

Bartlomiej T (296)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 4:14 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 4:51 pm
Noted, tweeted, signed, tweeted, shared, commented. Overfishing results in taking away the plenty. It's shameful how we waste.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 6:51 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks so much, Cher..

Ellen G (325)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 7:07 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 7:13 pm
Stop overfishing, or else we will all have to enjoy our "Soylent Green" for lunch!

natalie n (164)
Saturday October 27, 2012, 10:48 pm
thanks, signed. we must stop overfishing worldwide!

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Sunday October 28, 2012, 1:19 am

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Andrea Nemec (213)
Sunday October 28, 2012, 1:41 am
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Donna Hamilton (159)
Sunday October 28, 2012, 5:42 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cher.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday October 28, 2012, 6:44 am
done, thanks Cher

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Sunday October 28, 2012, 7:14 am
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Sunday October 28, 2012, 8:51 am
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Past Member (0)
Sunday October 28, 2012, 10:48 am
signed, TU Cher

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday October 28, 2012, 11:06 am
S & N

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Sunday October 28, 2012, 3:19 pm
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Monday October 29, 2012, 4:03 am
Signed,TY Cher.

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Tuesday October 30, 2012, 3:01 pm
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Thanks Cher

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Thursday November 1, 2012, 7:05 pm
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Friday November 2, 2012, 11:30 am
SIGNED!!! Thanks Cher

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Gabriela C (105)
Friday November 9, 2012, 9:11 pm
#729, noted and signed. Thank you Cher!

jaya S (26)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 1:54 am
How would you feel if your hands and legs were chopped off and you were left to die ? This is what Indian fishermen do to lakhs of sharks every year. Of the 100 million sharks killed last year according to the FAO, 70 million were killed in Indian waters.
Of the 368 species of sharks in the world, we have 50 in Indian waters. The largest is the 50 feet long whale shark and the smallest is the 8-inch long pygmy ribbontail catshark. . 98 percent of the sharks killed are for their fins bought by restaurants for ‘shark fin soup’.
In ‘shark finning’, sharks are caught and their fins are chopped off by fishermen with sharp blades. The shark, which is still alive, is dumped back into the ocean so that there is place for more fins on the boat. It either sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor, bleeding to death or it is killed by other fish that smell blood..

Divers across the world tell us about shark graveyards that exist on the Indian Ocean floor. India is the world’s largest shark finning nation.
Why on earth would anyone undertake such a bizarre and cruel practice? The answer, of course, is money. Shark meat is considered inferior to other fish species so it is not sought after. Shark fins are dried and processed to make ‘shark fin soup’, which is ironically nutrition-less as well as tasteless. The flavour comes from the broth, usually chicken stock, which is made separately . The shark fins are sliced into gelatinous fibres which act only as soup thickeners . The fins contribute prestige, rather than flavour, to this dish served in most luxury restaurants worldwide.

In 10 years there will be no sharks left. As it is, most of the adults have been killed and the sharks being caught now are less than 2 feet long – they should be 5-7 feet- which means they are all just babies. This means less breeding and less replenishment of the shark pool. Shark populations have declined by more than 50% in the last 15 years. Since 1986, hammerheads have declined by 89%, thresher sharks by 80%, great white sharks by 79% and tiger sharks by 65%.

As it is sharks have a low reproductive rate. Many sharks do not reach sexual maturity until they are in their "teens" or even 20 years old or more. After that also, they reproduce only once in two years and can give birth to a maximum of two babies at a time. Spiny dogfish, sold as "Rock Salmon" - has the longest gestation period of any animal. She does not mature until her early twenties, is pregnant for 22 months and then produces only 6-8 pups in her entire life.

We have a 7000 km long coastline. According to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, the Fishery Survey of India annually , around 70,000 tonnes of shark fins are sourced from India. For 1 tonne of shark fins about 650 sharks are killed .
Apart from this about 45,500 tonnes of shark fins comes as incidental or by-catch by fishermen who are looking for tuna, swordfish and other fishes with trawl and gill nets.

Trawl nets account for 60% of the shark landings and gill nets account for 38%. New Ferry Wharf and Sassoon Docks in Bombay, Pudumanai Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh, Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and Veraval in Gujarat are centres of shark landings by trawl net and gill net. Shakthikulangara and Cochin in Kerala are centres for gill net landings. There are more than 800 boats engaged in shark fishing in just one Thoothoor region of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India
There are hundreds of companies across the Indian coastline that carry on this trade. Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are responsible for 85% of the shark killings in India. Chennai and Mumbai are the major shark fin trading centres.

Mumbai has H.P. Enterprises , Kegien Enterprises, Unique Impex, Sharad Masala Products and Mumbai Nautilus Maritime Co. Chennai based companies include Goodwill Exporter, Marine Mercantile Company, Nachia Exports, National Seafood Corpn., Scanet Exports Ltd., South Star Exports Pvt. Ltd, Super Fish Marine Products and Union Electronics.

Do these killings bring in any money for India’s fishermen? An average small fisherman brings in 20 slices fins a day. He gets about Rs 25. The company sells them for Rs 250. The foreign restaurant retails the single bowl of soup for Rs 6,000. Is it worth losing these amazing creatures for this kind of exploitation?
China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan are the world's major shark fin buyers..The volume of trade has more than doubled in the last 20 years.
Shark finning is against the principles of the UN FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (Article 7.2.2 (g)) and the guiding principles of the UN FAO International Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (IPOA-Sharks). Finning is also contrary to the preamble to the United Nations (UN) Law of the Sea.

Bans are now in place in the US, Costa Rica, Africa, Brazil, Ecuador and the Maldives But , unfortunately, countries that have banned shark finning in their own waters are consistently undermined by the fact that sharks are migratory and travel thousands of kilometres into waters where finning is legal. What is needed is a universal ban on shark finning..

The Ministry of Environment and Forests vide Gazette Notification dated 11 July 2001 banned harvesting of 60 different marine species including the entire class of sharks, rays and skates, under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. But, due to intense lobbying by shark traders MOEF revoked the ban partially on December 5, 2001 and only nine out of fifty were considered protected – the nine that are not used for shark fin soup ! The fact is that these nine also continue to be killed as no one can differentiate between them and the others.. The fishermen are completely unaware of any ban.. How would fishermen know a Requiem Shark from a Whitetip Reef one or any other shark species till the catch is in the fishing net, obviously dead? A finning ban is the only way to reduce the colossal numbers of sharks being killed every year.

Sharks feed on fish, seals, turtles and other marine carnivores like crabs, grouper fishes, spiny lobsters. When the sharks disappear the latter increase and they prey on marine plants and coral as well. When these disappear so do the fish nurseries who breed in the coral. Already. coastal communities in India are reporting rapid declines in their fish yields..

All this killing for a bowl of soup! This wasteful, cruel and unnecessary industry in India is driving a 400-million year old species to extinction . Scientists warn that the removal of sharks from marine ecosystems is already devastating the natural balance of our oceans.

This is one industry that earns nothing for the fisherman , only for the industrialists – many of whom are NRIs.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Friday December 14, 2012, 10:05 am
N & S Cher :0 Tnx

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Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:23 pm

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Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:45 am
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