Friday, January 30, 2009

Vote Cocos onto the 7 Modern Wonders of the World List. This Status will Bring International Focus to Cocos and Help Protect Her.

Vote Cocos onto the 7 Modern Wonders of the World List. This Status will Bring International Focus to Cocos and Help Protect Her.

Cocos Island, a Costa Rican National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is close to being included in the list of 7 Modern Wonders of the World. Winning this honor will bring world attention to Cocos, and therefore additional protection for her marine resources.

The second stage of voting will end July 7th. The N7W Panel of Experts, led by Doctor Federico Mayor, former Director-General of UNESCO, will
announce the 21 Official Semi-Finalists on July 21, 2009.

If you voted in phase one, please vote again now!

Http://www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/nominees/northandcentralamerica/c/CocosIslandIsland/

Make a difference with a few clicks of your mouse.

Do not forget to invite your friends.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ocean Destruction is Market Driven

Imaging Foundation Exclusive by Min Poh

Reported from Indonesia- We see many examples of ocean products around the world. Some are sustainable and others are not. Everything from shell adornment sold en-mass to fins, harvested for soup are sold internationally.

Thes images were taken at the local market in Kota Belud. Coral heads recently harvested from the local reef are on sale.

Sharks were also documented after they had been finned. I will continue to keep the Imaging Foundation posted


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bob Timmons and other activists take to the cold Toronto Streets to protest Shark Finning

Bob Timmons and other activists braved the cold Toronto Streets to protest Shark Finning and Poaching. A police escort lead the group through the heart of Chinatown. Imaging Foundation, Director, Georgienne Bradley conducted a telephone interview with Timmons while he was on site. This is the year of the shark and this may be just the first of many other protests and rallies of this type.

It's Your Ocean. DO Something About it!



Shark Poaching and Shark Protection Rally and March

Imaging Foundation Director, Georgienne Bradley interviews Bob Timmons. During a march, calling for the end of shark poaching and the wasteful practice of shark fin soup production, a great turnout braved the bitter cold in an effort to shed light on a growing problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qISU8y3zBnY

IF Correspondent Min Poh Exclusive from Malaysia Fish Market

Poaching Victims are Getting
Smaller and Smaller - Uncovered
by Min Poh
These pictures were taken at the Sandakan Market in Sabah, Malaysia yesterday morning January 15th.

These sharks were probably bycatch by trawlers.

The first picture shows baby white tip sharks (my guess, harvested for their fins since they had been cut off!).

These were very small, juvenile sharks.


The second picture is a bamboo shark... couldn't see any wounds on it, so it may have drowned in a net.


The third picture shows several baby bamboo sharks that had just arrived at the market from a trawler.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Loblaws and Great Canadian Superstores sells Shark Fin Soup

Originally posted by Felix Leander:

"The Great Canadian Superstores (owned by Loblaws) are now selling canned shark fin soup in time for the Chinese New Year. After Sharkwater’s release in Canada, Galen Weston, the CEO of Loblaws, brought me out to dinner with his wife Alexandra, and expressed his great interest in supporting the cause…..

Selling shark fins en masse; supporting the destruction of sharks, the oceans and the ecosystems we depend on for survival is how Loblaws supports the cause. Its outrageous that its happening in our own backyard… after we already know shark populations have dropped more than 90%.
Help us fight this, and show Loblaws and Galen Weston that this was a bad decision… and lets get shark fin removed from Canadian Superstores. There’s still time to turn this around.

The link to the original blog entry is:
http://fleander.blogspot.com/2009/01/loblaws-and-great-canadian-superstores.html

From Imaging Foundation: Many of you are helping the Imaging Foundation as we wage the battle against shark finning. Posts show us the Rob Stewart played a key role in turning around the problem stated above. Loblaw authorities have promised to remove the shark fin soup from their shelves. Please post and let us know if there are any other large chains selling Shark Fin Soup!

This proves that together we can make a difference!

10 Species You Can Kiss Goodbye

The Ganges Shark is #8 out 10 animals listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List as critically endangered.

Animals on this list face an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future and may not live to see the end of the next decade without the effort of human intervention that brought them to the brink in the first place.

View a slideshow of this list at http://www.livescience.com/animals/top10-species-kiss-goodbye.html.