Pacific Islander and Asian American Heritage Month – A Hawai’i Perspective

May is recognized as Pacific Islander and Asian American Heritage Month established to recognize the history, contributions, achievements and importance of Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans. With mixed Asian- Hawaiian blood, I represent two island peoples, both who have suffered from discrimination, but also two races who are close to ocean. In recent years I have learned about Hawaiian cultural values like pono (wisdom ) and malama, (care) for the ocean has been recognized by the state of Hawai’i.

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Singapore Trades in Endangered & Protected Shark’s Fins

A 2023 study of shark fins in Singapore using DNA bar-coding technology has revealed a large deficiency in accurate labeling of shark fins, and an alarming presence of protected and endangered species in the Singapore market. Accurate labelling and better accountability in the supply chain can protect endangered sharks and protect consumers from toxic metals.

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Conservation of sharks: safeguarding the apex predators of the ocean

The conservation of sharks is not just about saving a single species; it is about preserving the entire marine ecosystem. By recognizing the intrinsic value of sharks and taking action to protect them, we can secure a future where these fascinating creatures continue to roam the oceans for generations to come, and even keep the oceans a healthier place.

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More Sharks Killed Despite Finning Laws

A new study reports that 76 to 80 million sharks  were killed between 2012 and 2019, with about 25 million of them threatened species. The study published by Worm et al in the journal Science shows that overfishing continues to present a dire threat to shark populations over much of the world, despite the widespread adoption of anti-shark finning legislation and related regulations over the same period.

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Saving Hammerheads along the Baja Peninsula

Shark Stewards has joined Pelgios Kakunja to develop a protected migratory swim-way that connects critical nursery and aggregation areas like Las Animas along the eastern peninsula. We are also working with local communities and artisanal shark fishermen to develop sustainable ecotourism between Cabo Pulmo and Loreto to support a no-fishing zone, to allow endangered hammerhead sharks to recover.

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Saving Endangered Sharks Through Science, Art, and Community Action

overfished by fisheries around the world, primarily for the fins. Once abundant, oceanic whitetip (OWT) sharks have been depleted on a global scale. International demand for shark fins is the major force behind OWT shark mortality. The fins are exported from around the globe to Asia, particularly China, for use in shark fin soup. 

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Hammerhead Sharks Nearly Gone From Sea of Cortez

Scalloped hammerhead sharks have nearly disappeared completely from most of the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez) a new scientific study finds. The study reported that Scalloped hammerhead sharks, once common, are now nearly absent, especially from seamounts where they once proliferated.

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