Monday, October 24, 2011

Fiji Times Shark Overload

Shark Defenders syndicates the Fiji Times' weekly shark stories on this blog, but with the Coral Reef Alliance and Pew Environment Group's launch of an awareness campaign this week there has been an overload of shark stories. Instead of posting them all in individual blogs, here are some of the highlights:

Editorial: The Shark Fight

Fear them or feel sorry for them. Emotional attachments will mean nothing if we are not aware of their plight.

Article: Rhythms of Life


"Our youths need to regain and protect their Pacific identify. The future will be bleak if youths are disjointed from their natural environment," he said.

"The sea, the land, our traditional medicine, we need to regain that knowledge so that our children know and learn the rhythms of life.

"The young, and I also mean those in their 40s and 50s, are already disjointed. Imagine the younger generations.

"If the protection of sharks stand a chance going into the future, we need to rectify this. For conservation efforts to be successful, the young need to regain that knowledge. The knowledge has to be passed down."

Article: Taiwan in Top Four Kill List

TEN months after releasing a landmark report revealing the planet's top 20 shark-fishing catchers, the Pew Environment Group has expressed concern about new images and video taken in Taiwan that detail the expansive and unregulated nature of shark fishing globally.

The depictions show fins and body parts of biologically vulnerable shark species, such as scalloped hammerhead and oceanic whitetip, being readied for market.

"These images present a snapshot of the immense scale of shark-fishing operations and show the devastation resulting from the lack of science-based management of sharks," said Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation at the Pew Environment Group, in a press statement.

"Unfortunately, since there are no limits on the number of these animals that can be killed in the open ocean, this activity can continue unabated."

Sharkman Manoa Rasigatale said the trend was alarming, that's why Fiji needed to push for legislation to curb the indiscriminate killing of these ancient predators.

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