Monday, April 23, 2012

World Wide Attention on Fiji

Letters from around the world are pouring into Fiji congratulating them and encouraging the government to move ahead with shark protections.  These letters were published in the Fiji Times on Tuesday, April 24, 2012:

Dive destination
I have heard through the bubbles that your government is close to making a decision on shark protection in your waters. I strongly support any positive decision. Fiji is on the top of my list as a destination to dive with sharks, I have a video clip from a friend that was taken at Beqa and I watch it often. The world is starting to wake up to the fact that we need sharks, an ocean with sharks is a healthy ocean. Please don't let the only sharks I see in Fiji be the ones that I watch in the video.
Gina Mascord

Citizen of the world
As a citizen of the world, I urge you to please support shark protection in Fiji. Sharks are a very important part of the ecosystem and essential to the health of the world's oceans. Plus, one of the main reasons I scuba dive is to see sharks. If you protect your sharks, shark loving divers will spend money in Fiji! It is a win-win situation for everyone involved, and the world will know how smart folks in Fiji are!
Pittsboro NC USA

Shark visit
Sharks are important to the environment, economy, and culture. I pledge to support policies and initiatives that protect shark species in Fiji and throughout the South Pacific. I can't wait to come visit Fiji sharks and just hope when the time will come there still will be some of them alive.

Shark vote
As a fellow pacific islander living in South Florida, I was so proud and happy of my people voting to protect our local sharks of the Northern Mariana Islands, especially during these really tough times. As you know, sharks are being killed by the millions on an annual basis and conservation experts have stated that at this rate our grandchildren will not have the opportunity to enjoy their presence in the oceans and our marine ecosystem. They play their part in the sea and we ours on the land. Let them have the chance to replenish, so that we don't destroy our seas for our future generations. Pacific Islanders realise the importance our fellow sea creatures play in the way this world runs. Because of our island roots, we have a deeper connection to our oceans. A strong ocean signifies a strong beating heart and spirit of our native people. Help maintain the peace of our seas and protect the sharks in our oceans from the irreversible impact of overfishing and exploitation. On behalf of Fijian sharks and sharks all over the world.
Northern Marianas native

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