A Plastic Ocean, An Ocean Without Sharks
Is this the future? The oceans are filling up with plastic at the rate of 8 million metric tons per year. One study estimates the San Francisco Bay has one of the highest concentrations of microplastics in the world. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish by weight. We are putting too much plastic in and taking too many fish out.
Keep the Plastic Out of the Ocean and the Sharks in the Sea
This week, Shark Stewards, as part of the Earth Island Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the major plastic manufacturers to hold them responsible for plastic pollution. Read the press release.
Last week the National Marine Fisheries Service Chief Chris Oliver came out with an unusual statement that shark fin bans will not protect sharks
. Under US Law, all sharks must be landed with fins attached (excepting smooth dogfish), but they can sell the fin in states without shark fin bans. Florida shark fishermen claim that fins value 50% or more of all sales. This infers that without the demand for shark fins (nearly all are exported to Asia) it is unlikely the fishery would continue without this market. Over 100 million sharks are killed for fins each year, and our US shark fisheries are contributing to the problem by feeding the demand. As Shark Stewards works to educate consumers and intervene shark fin imports into Asia, supporting shark fin bans in the West helps reduce the demand and the flow East. Just last month 1400 pounds of shark fin was confiscated at a Miami port headed for Asia, valuing around 1 million dollars. Shark fins caught legally are mixed with illegal fins in the world market and their traceability is nearly impossible once they are in the hands of traders.This make US part pf the problem.
Fisheries managers should apply science to proper management, not politics. Shark fin bans raise awareness across the Pacific as they reduce the flow of illegally or unsustainably killed sharks. This is why we are urging NMFS to ban new longline fisheries and support the US Shark Fin Ban.
If you are a Florida
resident or have family and friends in the state, please contact your House Representative and Senator to Support HB 401
As we support laws like this in the USA including the US Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act
, we are also an international organization with chapters in Asia targeting consumption and trade. Join us!
Shark Movie Night Series Begins
Saving sharks can be fun. Whats the campiest shark movie you have ever seen, and want to see again? Join us for the shark movie contest and watch it at Sports Basement, Berkeley February 28.
See our Event Schedule below or host your own movie night and raise money to save sharks.