Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hafa Adai, Mr. President

We need your help! Three years ago we rallied to protect sharks in Guam’s local waters and now those protections are being threatened by federal bureaucracy.


Sharks are essential for maintaining balance in the entire marine ecosystem, but these critical species are being driven to the brink of annihilation. About 100 million sharks are killed each year and more than half of all species of sharks and rays are threatened or near threatened with extinction. The global demand for shark fins is fueling their demise.

To stem the decline of sharks, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands banned the trade in shark fins and prohibited the catch and possession of sharks in our waters. This effort was championed by students who rallied the global community to show their support.

Now we need your help again!

A proposed rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could weaken our shark protection laws. NOAA claims that the laws banning the trade of shark fins conflict with federal fishing rules.

To make matters worse, NOAA is proposing a shark cull in the Marianas to “reduce shark biomass.” There is no scientifically justifiable reason for culling sharks here and in fact, every stock assessment completed in the western and central Pacific Ocean to date has shown drastic declines.

Send a message to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Eileen Sobeck, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, and President Barack Obama and urge them to respect our existing, broadly-supported laws. Our people want a shark sanctuary, not a shark fishery.


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About the Music
The Olomwaay Band let us use their song "Ow Woloo" about protecting indigenous cultures for the "Hafa Adai, Mr. President" video. Their album, Trip to Paradise is available on Amazon.com. We encourage you to purchase their album.
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