Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Destin Florida - Shark Tournament Poll

Shark conservation efforts often come from unusual sources. This month the Destin Log in Destin, Florida

Last week Shark Free Marinas Initiative Director, Luke Tipple was asked to write an Op Ed concerning Destins planned shark kill tournament in October.

The editors of the Destin Log published an online poll today to determine regional and national views of this event.

To add your opinion click on the poll down on the lower right hand side.

Change begins with "One". Opinions count.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

shark fishing is no different from any other type of fishing. sharks are fish - they do not feel pain. mako shark meat is as good to eat or better than lots of other game fish. they are growing in numbers and getting closer and closer to shore. the uneducated tree huggers on a "save the sharks" campaign wont shut up until one of their own are bitten and possibly killed. fishing is our way of life. it should not be subject to the approval of the uninformed public. it's what we do. the fleet understands and respects them, and the few reeled in from the Gulf in no way endangers the species. they are plentiful, to be sure. fishing is how we make our living and support our families. get some viable factual information before you criticize the fishing industry.

Shark Diver said...

The Shark Free Marinas Initiative is in no way a tree hugger operation.

In fact we go out of our way to agree that fishermen have a right to fish sharks...just catch and release.

www.sharkfreemarinas.com

We absolutely agree that one sided "shark huggers" who demand an end to fishing hurt the conservation effort.

Some are even in it for reasons that have little to do with conservation.

Look through our site and make up your own mind. Catch and release keeps the resource healthy and alive for years to come.

It also allows animals to get bigger.

Anonymous said...

Who are you to decide what feels pain and what doesn't? Any half intelligent person knows that some sharks feed at sandbars near the shore (They always have). I guess you can call me a "tree hugger" for caring about animal and ocean conservation, but I wouldn't say anything to anyone else about needing viable factual information until you get some as well. Sharks play an important role in their ecosystem and they are disappearing. If everyone just reeled in a "few" wouldn't you think that would add up? Just because accidental bites occur doesn’t mean they all deserve to die if they enter our territory (isn’t it really theirs anyway?).

Jade McCoy said...

Here is some viable factual information for you. Fish actually have very complex nervous systems. Therefore, they are definitely capable of feeling pain. Although, whether or not a shark can feel pain has little to do with why it is so important to conserve them.

Jade McCoy said...

Viable factual information? Fish actually have very complex nervous systems. Therefore, they are definitely capable of feeling pain. Although, whether or not a shark can feel pain has little to do with why it is so important to conserve them.