MPAs are part of the management toolbox that can ensure sustainable use of the oceans and provide the world with fish proteins. Yet, even as benefits of MPAs related to food security, ecosystem services and livelihoods are known, we currently fail on our commitments to protect 10% of the oceans by 2020. Perhaps we need to look at the problem through a new angle: what if you woke up one day and all the oceans were protected? From now on, ocean users would have to make their case to convince governments of their need to have space allocated for their activity.
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Posted by Domino on March 16, 2013
In just a few weeks the fate of vulnerable shark and ray species including the beloved Manta Ray and Hammerhead Shark will be decided by CITES authorities. The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CITES CoP16) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 3 to 14 March 2013 offers an unique opportunity to secure trade protection for the most vulnerable species. We can’t let these magnificent creatures disappear on our watch. CITES delegates need to hear loud and clear that we want them to vote YES for sharks and rays. Extinction is NOT an Option. Take Action!
3 Easy Ways to Voice Your Support for Shark Conservation at CITES 2013:
- Sign the Petition – Join more than 120,000 concerned citizens who are urging decision makers to protect sharks. Sign the petition and ask your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
- Send a Letter to CITES Leaders – All you need to do is fill in the form and hit the send button. The letter asking CITES delegates to vote YES for sharks and rays will go direct to those who could make all the difference in just one click.
- Spread the word that Extinction is NOT an Option:
- Download the sign and contribute a photo to Project AWARE‘s CITES 2013 photo album
- Add the #CITES4SHARKS Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.
Whether you like sharks or not, saving them from becoming extinct is vital. The loss of sharks threatens the stability of the marine environment, and also threatens the socio-economically important recreational fisheries.
Sharks have been waiting a long time to get the protection that many terrestrial animals have received from CITES. They can’t wait any longer. Populations of several shark species have been decimated by over 95% and experts estimate that most of them will be lost within a decade if we don’t take urgent conservation measures to protect them from over-exploitation, including targeted fishing, bycatch and finning.
With your petition signatures in their hands, the Project AWARE team who has been campaign for better shark protection for years is ready to represent your voice and demand that sharks and rays receive trade protections they desperately need but they need your support. The time to protect sharks and rays is NOW!
- Guest post by Sonja Fordham: The ten best and worst events in shark fisheries management of 2012 (southernfriedscience.com)
- Fishing drives loss of shark and ray in the Adriatic (worldfishing.net)
- U.S. backs adding teeth to global shark protection (rawstory.com)
Posted by Domino on February 2, 2013
It is estimated that up to 100 million sharks are killed by people every year, due to commercial and recreational fishing. Meanwhile, the average number of fatalities worldwide per year between 2001 and 2006 from unprovoked shark attacks is 4.3.
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- Sharks’ Bad Rap May Hurt Conservation Efforts (livescience.com)
- Another Victory for Sharks (ecology.com)
Posted by Domino on December 15, 2012
The Caribbean’s coral reefs have collapsed, mostly due to overfishing and climate change, according to a new report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “I’m sad to tell you it’s a dire picture,” Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme, said at a news briefing Friday at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, South Korea.
Posted by Domino on September 7, 2012
Via Scoop.it – Ocean News
Recent carbon dioxide emissions have pushed the level of seawater acidity far above the range of the natural variability that existed for thousands of years, affecting the calcification rates of shell-forming organism.
Posted by Domino on January 26, 2012