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ACTION ALERT: Ban the Sale, Trade, and Possession of Shark Fins in the Province of Alberta! PLEASE SIGN !

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Alberta, a land-locked Province, may not be considered a a hot-spot for shark conservation. Nonetheless, the reality is that Albertans, as citizens of the global community, can have an impact on the future survival of sharks.


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Naresh Kadyan (1180)
Saturday June 18, 2011, 10:43 pm
George and Aruldas, fishermen from near Kanyakumari, were hauling up a catch
on a beach in southern Tamil Nadu. It was a warm evening and they were the
only fishers on these secluded sands. The catch was special and I was
privileged, as an outsider, to be invited to watch as the enormous fish was
sliced and its fin, the most valuable part, handled with extreme care.

Shark fins of this size fetch a lot of money. It is not a hammerhead, which
brings the best price, but a smaller milk shark. Nevertheless, the fishers
told me, there were several more where this one came from, and they could be
caught easily using their specialised hooks and lines. The shark’s flesh was
set aside; all attention was on preserving the fin well. After all, the
flesh was for their consumption while the fin would soon be exported to
Southeast Asian markets.

Shark fins reportedly sell for Rs 250-400 per kg in the wholesale market and
there are regular dealers in the country. As the capture and finning of
sharks is not banned in India, the practice, shunned as illegal in several
other countries, occurs in broad daylight here. A friend recently reported
seeing an autorickshaw stuffed with shark fins to the point where it could
barely be seen, on a busy Puducherry street. Over 90 per cent of the 190
fishers I spoke to during a survey in southern Tamil Nadu, admitted to
catching and selling sharks. The fins they sold would reach the final
destination, China, through many pathways. Some would pass through Sri
Lanka, others through Singapore or Thailand, while still others were sold

Southeast Asian shark fishers often remove the uppermost, characteristic
shark fin and release the animal back into the sea. Unable to swim or
breathe, the helpless animal dies. India responded to this by introducing a
ban, but due to vociferous protests from Tamil Nadu fishers, the then
minister of environment and forests (MoEF), A Raja, partially revoked the
ban in 2001. Strangely, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
recommended there was scope to increase the exploitation of sharks in Indian
waters, despite no studies on its stock.

Meanwhile, shark fishing continues unchecked. Fishers in the Lakshadweep who
use long-lines do not always target sharks, but do not hesitate to use the
extra source of income that accompanies their mistaken hooking. A source in
the Lakshadweep fishery department revealed there was a recent shark fin
catch weighing several tonnes from a vessel. This means several thousand
sharks are killed and discarded or consumed. On the mainland, shark numbers
no longer allow for such blatant extermination. The fishers I spoke to felt
that shark numbers, like all the other fish they catch, were on the decline.

The picture is grim, but the Centre seems unwilling to take a stand. The
Action Forum for Sustainable Shark Fishery that supports a ban on finning
raises some important points. The government has no idea about how to
replenish shark stocks. Since there is no enforcement, the forum argues, any
attempt to conserve sharks turns futile. In a country where 60,000-70,000
tonnes of sharks are landed every year (as per FAO), choosing to overlook
this industry that leaves no paper trail and operates on an apparently
“small” scale, is a mistake.

The situation is complicated by the fact that the use of unsustainable gears
such as trawl nets has only served to further marginalise artisanal fishers,
who use selective gears. They are now forced to look at easy ways to earn
money, such as by selling shark fins.

The government and its people must realise that sharks are inextricably
linked to the marine world. There is no way to save them without saving
their prey, and there is no way to prevent the fishing of one species while
allowing indiscriminate gears to pick off anything that comes in their path.
The Fisheries Department and MoEF must act together if they want to ensure a
livelihood for fishers and a future for sharks.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday June 18, 2011, 10:51 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday June 18, 2011, 11:14 pm
Signed, noted with disgust, thanks Simone.

Sunday June 19, 2011, 12:14 am
Noted and signed. Thank you, Simone.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 12:23 am
signed and noted,thanks

Sunday June 19, 2011, 12:44 am
Signed Simone. I don't particularly like sharks,( except on TV,!) but I think you have got to be some sort of sadist to do this kind of thing to any living creatue!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 12:49 am
Noted & Signed. Thanks Simone.

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 1:03 am
thanks for sharing

Marzia F (31)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 1:16 am
Noted and signed #72, thanks.

Irene Ling (23)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 1:29 am
Signed and noted , thanks .

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 2:16 am
Signed and noted.

Ben O (129)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 2:44 am

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 3:24 am
Signed,thanks Simone.

Judith K (93)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 3:45 am
# 81

Agnes W (141)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 4:09 am
signed and noted, thank you Simone

Animae C (508)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 6:04 am
As long as the price stays high & it's paid, they'll be hunted.

10:27 pm
June 19

Mike M (8)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 6:18 am

Ruth C (87)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 7:08 am
It does not matter who it is, don't do wrong to others, or it WILL comeback to you!!

Andrea Nemec (213)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 7:56 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Patrick Donovan (344)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 8:23 am
Signed and noted. The more cruelty we stop, the better our society we become.

Lisa Neste (202)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 8:26 am
Noted, signed & shared, thanks Simone!

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 8:27 am
Noted and Signed and Forwarded Tks Simone

Sunday June 19, 2011, 10:00 am
Thanks! Signed.

Sanja T (154)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 1:30 pm
noted... and signed

liz meesters (176)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 3:50 pm
signed & noted, thanks

Mary T (178)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 7:53 pm
Signed and noted.

Esther Z (94)
Sunday June 19, 2011, 9:39 pm
Noted and signed.

Pamela Welsh (99)
Monday June 20, 2011, 12:23 am
Signed and noted.

SANDRA R (145)
Monday June 20, 2011, 3:10 am
Noted and already signed. Thank you Simone.

Jason Green (235)
Monday June 20, 2011, 3:47 am
signed and forwarded thank you

Past Member (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 4:02 am
Signed! Thank you Simone!

Past Member (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 6:36 am
signed, very strongly commented and noted.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 20, 2011, 6:45 am
done, thanks

Kay M (347)
Monday June 20, 2011, 6:49 am

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Monday June 20, 2011, 7:56 am
Signed and noted. Thanks.

Ma-ru C (144)
Monday June 20, 2011, 12:00 pm
Noted & signed Than you!

J. G (55)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 1:01 am
About to sign

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 11:12 am
SIGNED and Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Penelope Ryan (178)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 12:56 pm
Done ty Simone

Susan S (187)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 7:49 pm
We can all make a difference when it comes to saving sharks. Signed.

. (0)
Saturday June 25, 2011, 1:39 pm

Emily Drew (88)
Thursday September 8, 2011, 10:43 pm
Noted. Signed on June 18th.

Jane Parker (70)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 10:45 am
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