10 Amazing but Endangered Shark Species: How Many Do You Know?

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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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An image of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcha...

Confusing Vote on EU Shark Finning Regulation

Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries backed the European ban on shark finning and confirmed that the Committee wants to see stricter controls but the vote on a report by Maria do Ceu Patrao Neves (EPP, Portugal) has led to confusion on the issue of whether or not special fishing permits that allow fishermen to remove shark fins on-board vessels will be upheld.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who sit on the Fisheries Committee supported the essential principle of the current regulation but their position on whether or not to maintain these special permits was distinctly less clear. Spain and Portugal are the only EU Member States that still issue these permits …

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I Made the Push to Protect Europe’s Sharks

The public support to close loopholes in the EU shark finning ban during last year’s European Shark Week (October 15th – 23rd) has been phenomenal. Thanks to the 165,000 people who signed the “Make the Push” petition, we are getting closer to make shark protection in Europe a reality! I am proud to be part of this effort.

The EU Parliament now needs to agree to the Commission’s proposal on the shark finning ban and CITES delegates need to grant trade protection to the most threatened shark species. So let’s keep the pressure on! We’re nearly there …

The Countdown to Secure Trade Protection for Sharks Starts NOW

Did you know? Only three shark species are protected under CITES regulations (great white, whale shark and basking shark). Yet many shark species such as scalloped hammerhead, porbeagle and spiny dogfish are on the brink of extinction!

In less than one year’s time, Government officials from all around the world will meet in Thailand to discuss the fate of the most threatened and heavily traded shark species. With 175 member countries the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) sets controls on the international trade and movement of animals and plants at risks of becoming extinct.

Many shark populations have declined dramatically over the past thirty years, some by as much as 99%. By supporting the Big Shark Shout Out campaign and signing the CITES petition you can give sharks a fighting chance and ensure the most vulnerable shark species get the trade protection they desperately need.

Sign the CITES petition TODAY

SHARK FINNING

The burgeoning and largely unregulated trade in shark fins represents one of the most serious threats to shark populations worldwide.

Shark finning (the cruel practice which involves slicing fins from sharks at sea and dumping their bodies overboard) is not only an Asian problem. Shark fin soup can be found in many restaurants across the world and many countries export shark fins to the Asian market.

According to some studies, every country with a coastline export fins to Hong Kong. Despite a shark finning ban implemented in 2003 in Europe for instance, EU countries (particularly Spain) continue to be the single largest supplier of shark fins to the Hong Kong market.

WHY SHARKS ARE IMPORTANT

Sharks play an important role in keeping the ocean healthy and in balance. They regulate the quantity and health of other species of fish and invertebrates. Sharks quite often prey on sick, diseased or old animals. This prevents the disease or sickness from spreading and  creates habitat space for other animals. Oceans without sharks are oceans out of balance, which means trouble for everyone who depends on oceans for food, jobs and enjoyment. All of us really!

Support for shark protection is difficult to achieve because of the persistent irrational fear of sharks. A change in attitude, perception, media coverage, and improved conservation legislation and fishing policies are desperately needed. Public support for shark conservation is crucial to balance short-term interests and ensure that strong and enforceable shark conservation measures are implemented.

We can’t afford to ignore the fate of sharks because some of us are afraid of these animals or because this slaughter happens miles out at sea where no one sees it. The results of the loss of sharks will have effects beyond our  imagination and beyond our current ability to understand.

The Tide is Turning for Sharks

This short film highlights how nations, cities and people around the globe are saying No to Shark Fin Soup, Shark Fishing and Shark Finning.

As a diver I am proud to be part of the change and contribute to turning the tide for sharks! Project AWARE with other Shark Conservation groups are currently working on making the next CITES meeting in 2013 a success for sharks, so let’s keep the pressure on …!

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