Monday, January 24, 2011

ACTION ALERT: YOUR TESTIMONY NEEDED TO PROTECT SHARKS IN GUAM

UPDATE: The Guam shark fin ban was signed into law on March 9, 2011. Thank you for all your support. TESTIMONY IS NO LONGER NEEDED.

Earlier this week, Guam Vice Speaker BJ Cruz and Guam Natural Resources Committee Chair Senator Rory Respicio introduced Bill No. 44-31, banning the sale and possession of shark fins in Guam. This action follow’s the passing of a similar measure in the Northern Mariana Islands, and a total ban on shark products in Hawaii that went into effect in July 2010.

A hearing for Bill No. 44-31 is set for Tuesday, February 1, AND SHARKS NEED YOU TO SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY ON THEIR BEHALF.

It does not matter where you live, the shark fin trade is a global problem and it effects shark populations worldwide.

PLEASE WRITE A SHORT LETTER OR EMAIL IN SUPPORT OF GUAM’S SHARK FIN BAN. E-MAIL YOUR LETTER TO INFO@SHARKDEFENDERS.COM AND SHARK DEFENDERS WILL INTRODUCE IT AT THE HEARING. CAN YOU HELP US GET LETTERS FROM 50 COUNTRIES?

Your letter should include:
1. Your name.
2. Where you live.
3. Who you are and what you do.
4. Your reason for wanting to protect sharks.
5. A request to “please pass Bill No. 44-31 with no weakening amendments.
6. Why not finish your letter saying something nice about Guam and the Pacific?
Possible reasons for protecting sharks:
1. The IUCN Shark Specialist Group has found that 1/3 of all shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction. Another 50% of species do not have enough data to determine their conservation status.
2. Sharks are slow growing, mature late, and produce few young, and biologically are not able to adapt to modern fishing pressures.
3. Sharks have been the ocean’s top predators for 400 millions years, but only in the last 50 have they become prey. Removing predators from ecosystems has cascading effects on lower trophic levels.
4. The practice of shark finning is inhumane and wasteful. It is like cutting down a coconut tree to get a single coconut.
5. Sharks are cool! As a society we’ve stopped killing the big predators on land, the biggest fish in the sea deserve the same protections.
6. Or maybe you have your own reason for wanting to protect sharks?
Your letter need not be long. Here is a draft letter:
Honorable Rory J. Respicio
Majority Leader
Suite 302
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910

January 25, 2010

Dear Senator Respicio:

Thank you for introducing Bill No. 44-31, banning the sale and possession of shark fins on Guam. My name is Joe Smith and I live in Australia. I am an accountant by trade, but I am also an avid scuba diver.

When I am diving, there is nothing more exciting to see than a shark. I’ve been diving for years, and I can tell you that there just aren’t as many sharks in the water as there used to be. Your shark fin ban is visionary and serves as a model for my country to follow.

I urge you to pass Bill No. 44-31 with no weakening amendments. I actually visited Guam as a child, and now I hope to come back one day and dive with your sharks.

Sincerely yours,

Joe Smith
Perth, Australia
EMAIL YOUR LETTER TO INFO@SHARKDEFENDERS.COM.

AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO OTHERS AND HAVE THEM SUBMIT TESTIMONY.

4 comments:

Keith and Katie said...

Let's go Defenders! Five minutes of your time for a shark's lifetime is all. If you took the pledge it is your obligatory duty.

Aubrey said...

Done. I was born on Guam and nothing would be as exciting to me right now as seeing my homeland become shark fin-free. <3

Gaye said...

Done! Come on, let's influence this!
Gaynor
www.kennaecodiving.net

Alek13 said...

I also stand beside you on behalf of my country. I hope we can make a difference...

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