Image: Fred Buyle, Oceanic White Tip Shark - one of the newly protected species
HUGE VICTORY FOR SHARK CONSERVATION AS CITES MOVES TO PROTECT FIVE SHARK SPECIES AND TWO RAYS
This morning marked a bright new dawn for shark conservation, carrying with it the news that five shark species, along with both species of manta ray and the freshwater sawfish have officially been approved for trade protection under CITES law. Shark and ray conservationists around the world have been waiting with baited breath for this confirmation of their efforts since talks began on March 3rd, and are hailing the results as nothing short of historic. Held this year in Bangkok, Thailand, CITES is the world’s biggest wildlife summit. Its purpose is to regulate cross-border trade in wild animals and plants in order to ensure sustainability, and it is attended by 178 delegates from governments all over the globe.
This weekend, as 30 Harleys rumbled into Blue Wilderness, their riders eager to experience and protect sharks, we were in tears, realizing this is so much bigger than any of us ever expected. Together, and with the strength of so many unexpected others, we can and will save sharks.
All the hard work, sacrifice and sadly, conflict even from places there should be none, is worth it – and days like this prove it. Much love to all the Shark Angels around the world working hard independently, and as a powerful movement, to save sharks. We are positive, united and a force for good making a real difference.
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What better way to celebrate Valentines Day than to celebrate one of our serious shark crushes. Dr. Eugenie Clark is a legend and inspiration to all of us at Shark Angels and so we thought it appropriate on this day to share a little bit more about an important lady – for sharks and for those who love them. Many of us are honored to have had the opportunity to spend time with Eugenie who has welcomed us into her office, her research and even her home – and we also adore Mote Marine Laboratory, an incredibly special place doing good work on the behalf of sharks and all creatures in the sea. Eugenie, thanks so much for inspiring our wings - you are, and will always be, the ultimate Shark Angel.
"You don’t have to get in [the ocean to study it], but those of us who do love that aspect of it perhaps more than anything." - Dr. Eugenie Clark
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Sharks kill fewer than 4 humans on average each year, while humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks annually.
Sharks have been honed to perfection, having existed on this planet for over 400 million years.
Sharks play a vital role at the top of the food chain by maintaining balance in the oceans.
* An estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year (that works out to more than 10,000 sharks per hour).
Shark fins are tasteless, and may contain high levels of toxic methyl-mercury.
Only a small number of countries have banned finning - many more need to be encouraged to enact legislation.
Many people assume that because they don’t eat shark fin soup – then they can’t possibly be contributing to the demise of the sharks and rays.
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