Saturday, February 21, 2009

OUTRAGEOUS

The police greet photo-journalists docking from the anti-whaling ship the Steve Irwin, docking in Australia last night. They confiscate the photos and video which show the brutal slaughter of a whale. Read about it in Austrailian news:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25086051-5006788,00.html

Monday, February 16, 2009

Feb 2009 Shark Finning Trial -AUSTRALIA

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/InNews/disgusted2009.html



Release from: ABC News (Australia)
The Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has revealed charges have been laid over a shark slaughter on the north-west coast.

Photos recently released to the media showed the mutilated remains of sharks scattered across 80 Mile Beach, they had been killed for their fins and dumped.

The photos were sent to the Department of Fisheries 10 months ago but the then Minister Jon Ford decided not to release them, fearing a backlash against the local fishing industry.

However the new Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has told the ABC a number of charges have been laid

"There is a listing for Broome Court sometime in February when this matter will come to trial," he said.

"I thought it was dreadful that someone could catch that number of sharks and simply dispose of them dump them on the beach.

"What offended me most was the wanton waste, of these fish, that they'd been left on the beach and not even buried."

Two WA fishermen operating in the area at the time of the offence have already had their licences revoked by the Department.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Shark Slaughter in Mirbat Harbor, Oman
Uncovered




by Jessica Simms

These photos were taken last year. The photos were submitted to the Ministry of Environment in Oman and this action helped curtail mass slaughter such as this. Unfortunately, it is still happening, albeit perhaps on a smaller scale.




Again, please do all that you can to spread awareness that sharks are being caught in an unsustainable manner, like just about all of the other species in the ocean. They take a long time to reproduce and livelong lives, if they don't wind up on the end of a longline or in a net. Most species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. All shark species have declined 60-90% in the last 60 years.


Don't eat shark fin soup. Don't buy shark products and please speak out against shark finning and brutal practies such as this one. Ignorance and fear play a large part in the practice of shark finning and slaughter, as well as money. Lots and lots of money is paid for shark fins.




Friday, February 13, 2009

Take a Stand

S. O. S - Save Our Sea

By Dan Laffoley and Sylvia Earle Published: February 10, 2009

International Herald Tribune


Could the oceans become the place where humanity finally gets its act together? Or will we become the victim of the many environmental threats now coming together?
Already over-fished and used as a garbage dump, the oceans now face all the risks posed by climate change - rising water levels, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, to name a few. If the oceans were a human patient, we'd be saying that it is suffering from a severe burn-out.
As a species, we have a seemingly endless quest for knowledge, which builds generation upon generation. Yet we appear at times to be incapable of acting on that information.
Despite hundreds of years of map-making and more recent advances - increasingly good acoustic mapping at affordable prices, for example - which have improved our knowledge of the oceans, today the ocean area mapped by humans still stands at only about 5 percent of the total.

If we act only where we have ample data, our actions will always be too little too late when viewed against the vastness of the ocean realm and the dire consequences of human abuse. Countless species and habitats will be lost before they are even discovered and described.


Part of the challenge is to connect the population at large to the fate of the seas. The oceans and marine conservation must become much more visible on the digital media of our age - the ubiquitous laptops, Blackberries and cell phones - much as Jacques-Yves Cousteau awakened earlier generations to the sea's marvels on film and television.

That is why we believe that the recent announcement of Ocean in Google Earth, which extends Google Earth by allowing users to navigate through the Ocean beneath the surface of the sea - a program for which we were both advisers - is an important step.
This new tool can open up the wonders of our marine world, and it can also show the impact we are having on it. With Ocean, every Internet surfer now has the capability to be an armchair ocean explorer.

Knowledge can have an impact. In 2004, an expedition of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Marianas region in the Pacific Ocean used a robotic system to bring pictures of amazing undersea volcanoes and smoking chimneys rising from the inky depths.

One beneficial consequence was that the data from that study contributed information that resulted in the declaration of new marine national monuments by the outgoing President George W. Bush, pushing the scale of maritime protection up a notch.

The declaration encapsulates the approach developing in several areas around the globe. "Going large," either with large individual marine protected areas or large networks of smaller ones, is the most efficient way to secure the wildlife and a renewed stream of benefits for people, be it tourism or sustaining local communities and industries. While we have more than 4,500 individual marine protected areas across our oceans, it is striking that 10 of these comprise three quarters of the area under protection.

The U.S. declaration on marine national monuments is a significant step in the right direction. But it is still striking that after so many decades of effort to protect the seas, the areas under protection amount only to 0.80 percent of the total ocean area.

Three years ago, almost 200 countries made a commitment to increase the protected area of the oceans by 700 percent by 2012. That would cover 10 percent of all ocean areas that fall under national jurisdictions.

The total global marine protected area has increased since 2005 from 2.2 to 2.9 million square kilometers - a huge achievement, representing a 30 percent increase, but simply not enough. Another 28 countries need to do what the United States did over the next three years if we are to meet our modest target.

In short, the network of marine protected areas - both large and small - needs to grow, and it needs to grow fast. Protecting our ocean world for the future requires a rapid evolution in thinking and action.

As we consider how to increase the protection of our oceans, we need to move beyond individual habitats and species to large-scale protection of ecosystems and marine "landscapes."

We need to increase interest in large-scale marine mapping, and to start making the best use of new technologies to help us decide where and what to protect, especially on the High Seas.

We also need expeditions to study and document new habitats and species. We need to make oceans and what we know about them much more "visible" to the public. More and better information about our oceans can only help us make better decisions about their future.

However disconnected you may feel from the oceans, remember this - that every breath you take, every sip of water you drink and even the very balance of salt in your blood ties you and every one of us to the fate of our oceans and seas.

Dan Laffoley is marine vice-chairman of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, marine adviser for the Chief Scientist's Team at Natural England, and one of the advisers for Ocean in Google Earth. Sylvia Earle is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographical Society, founder of the Deep Search Foundation and lead adviser for Ocean in Google Earth.

To view the original online article please refer to:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/10/opinion/edlaffoley.php?page=2

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hammerhead Shark Atrocities
Smaller and Smaller - Uncovered
by Min Poh

Smaller and Smaller sharks are harvested for fin soup as we deplete our ocean resources.  This image was shot in 2007 in Sandakan Market, a small town located on the Malaysian portion of Borneo.  It shows a newborn Hammerhead Shark (see size in proportion to hand).

Hammerhead Shark Profile:  Hammerheads mostly feed on stingrays along the ocean floor.
Fast Facts:  Hammerheads live 20-30 years in the wild;  Grow to 13'-20' in length;  Have a gestation period of 10-12 months.  Because the pups are born in coastal waters they are vulnerable to human fishing and other predators.