Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celebrating Shark Protections in Pohnpei

Officials attend airport ceremony unveiling new welcome sign which celebrates state shark protection
Governor Ehsa and Micronesia Leaders Call for Swift Passage of National Shark Sanctuary

On October 20, 2014, Pohnpei Governor John Ehsa, Chief of Staff Falcam on behalf of FSM President Emanuel Mori, and other state leaders attended a ceremony at Pohnpei International Airport unveiling a new welcome sign which celebrates the state’s shark protections. With the passage of Chuuk’s law in May, all four states now fully protect sharks in their waters. A draft bill is currently being reviewed by the FSM National Government which would create a shark sanctuary in FSM’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

In 2011 at the Micronesia Chief Executive Summit, the Presidents and Governors of Micronesia, committed to create the Micronesia Shark Sanctuary. The administration and its NGO and private partners have been working with members of the FSM National Congress to have this draft legislation passed to fulfill its regional commitment and to secure the nations ocean resources for future generations.

“We are immensely proud of our shark protections here in Pohnpei State and this new sign will share with visitors and citizens alike that Pohnpei is committed to passing on our natural resources to our next generations,” said Governor Ehsa. “We look forward to the day when sharks are protected throughout FSM’s EEZ.”

The sign features an iconic Pohnpei image—Sokehs Rock—as well as images of sharks found in our waters. It reads, “Welcome to Pohnpei where sharks are protected.”

The unveiling comes on the heels of a recent resolution by Pohnpei’s traditional leaders who called on the Congress to pass legislation for the creation of a shark sanctuary in FSM’s national waters. More than 8,000 Micronesian students have signed a petition in support of an FSM shark sanctuary. The signers come from all four states of FSM, Palau, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Guam.

“I’m delighted to see Pohnpei taking the lead in this effort,” said Willy Kostka, Executive Director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust. “Sharks are critical to the health of our oceans, and when FSM passes our national shark sanctuary we will have joined Palau, Guam, CNMI, and Marshall Islands to create the largest shark sanctuary in the world.”

Approximately 100 million sharks are killed each year and the latest science finds that nearly 30% of known shark species fully assessed by scientists are threatened with extinction. Sharks are currently unprotected in FSM’s EEZ with the exception of oceanic whitetip sharks and silky sharks, which are protected by regional agreements under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A New Shark Stanley is Coming

We have exciting news!  We are a few short months from launching a new Shark Stanley book with a new campaign.  There will be a new story with new adventures, as well as more than a dozen new characters.

We are grateful to the dozens of partners and thousands of supporters who helped us protect sharks at CITES last year, but the time has come to archive the old campaign to make way for the new.  Pasted below is our post-CITES campaign landing page for, and it will soon be replace with the new materials.  We want to recognize our partners in perpetuity, so those links will live on here.

Thank you again for your untiring support.

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Thank you for participating in our first Shark Stanley campaign! On March 14, 2013, member countries approved listing five species of shark and two species of manta ray on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. Thank you again to the thousands of supporters who participated and sent in photos!

In July 2013, Leah Meth, manager of the Shark Stanley campaign and contributing editor at Shark Defenders, was a finalist for Oceana's Ocean Hero Awards.

The following organizations partnered with Shark Defenders to build worldwide public support for the protections at CITES.

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