Friday, February 6, 2009

Sharks - What The E.U Needs

Voices and lots of them. Until now the driving forces behind new shark fishing regulations that would require vessels to come back to port with shark carcass, as well as fins, have been NGO's.

It is time for regular folks to step up to the plate. Once in a long while do issues like these come up for debate, discussion and action.

Make your voice heard. It is estimated that forcing near worthless shark carcass to return with shark fishing vessels in EU waters will curtail upwards of 30% of this out of control fishery. That's an excellent start.

Read Oceana Shark Report 2007

Kudos to Chumslick for the image.

Shark Conservation - On The Media

Woke up this morning to a veritable media buffet of shark conservation coverage regarding shark fisheries efforts with the EU.

Over 122 media outlets (not including blogs) have covered this story which is pro shark and pro conservation.

For all the negative shark press these papers put out pushing shark hysteria it is to be noted they also do an excellent job when the news is needed most:

Times Online U.K

Euro News

Guardian U.K

Over the past 20 years, the total E.U shark catch has increased by nearly 35%, to more than 800,000 tonnes. As a result, some of these beautiful species are threatened with extinction, such as the Spurdog.