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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shark news!

For all the people that have been following this blog you might have noticed the banner on the right hand side about providing better protection to sharks, which is an initiative promoted by PADI aware. We have signed the petition along with many people and a month ago we got some exciting news that we would like to share with you:

“On November 22nd, the European Commission announced the long awaited proposal for closing the loopholes in the European Union’s ban on shark finning. And the European Union has become a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sharks. These are important steps forward in Project AWARE’s work to protect threatened and vulnerable shark species. To learn more you can check out the full stories at: 

Sharks Given a Fighting Chance as EU Inches Toward Closing Loopholes

European fishing fleets play a major role in shark fishing worldwide with a number of loopholes in legislation which have long threatened sharks not just in European waters but globally too. We’ve been battling this issue for the past few years and you’ve made your voice heard to help us get there. Thank you!

In 2012, we’ll be pushing EU Member States to agree to the proposal for a strong, loophole-free EU finning ban. And we’ll be pushing harder for our goal to protect vulnerable shark species from trade under the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the next CITES meeting in Thailand in 2013. There’s much to be done between now and then.
For now, thank you for supporting shark protection alongside Project AWARE”

Unfortunately, in some countries shark fin soup is still considered as a delicacy and many supermarkets have special offers for it so the battle is still going. You can contribute by not consuming shark products and tell the people about the harm they do as they might not know.  For an interesting blog on shark fin soup and supermarkets in Thailand please click here.
Thanks GVI Thailand for sharing it with us!