"WHALE SHARK RESCUE" (1:50)
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, December 2014
- ▶ WHALE SHARKS, BIGGEST FISH IN THE OCEAN RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION FROM CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL FISHING.
Whale sharks are among the largest living fish in the world - weighing up to 40,000 pounds and 40 feet in length. They are also so docile that humans often swim with them without concern, snapping photographs of their incredible size.
But it is exactly their enormous bulk that had an international commission adopt restrictions protecting them from impacts associated with the international tuna purse seine fishing in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO).
Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with many other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Fishermen often build floating structures called FADs, or fish-aggregating devices, to attract tuna to an area, allowing them to capitalize on this behavior. Using FADs makes the job of finding and encircling the tuna in the purse seine nets much more efficient.
Fishermen also learned that whale sharks are so large that they naturally attract tuna, much like a FAD. This led some fishermen to deploy nets around a whale shark to capture tuna swimming beneath it. In many of the cases, the encircled whale shark was also caught in the net and injured or died. http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2014/18_12182014_whale_shark_protection.html
Oceana Marine Animal Encyclopedia
The whale shark is a graceful, slow-moving giant and the largest fish in the world. At 5 ft (1.5 m) wide, its mouth is large enough to fit a human inside, but it is a harmless filter feeder that eats only plankton and small fish. http://oceana.org/en/explore/marine-wildlife/whale-shark
Quartz, January 2, 2014
-▶ AMERICA'S HEALTH CRAZE FOR FISH OIL IS WIPING OUT WORLD'S MOST GENTLE, RAREST SHARKS http://qz.com/171454/americas-health-craze-for-fish-oil-is-wiping-out-the-worlds-rarest-shark/
WHALE SHARK FINNING
PORTRAITS FROM THE DEEP
WHO IS STEALING WHOSE FISH??
WHALE SHARK CAUGHT STEALING FISHERMAN'S CATCH FROM FISHING BOAT IN INDONESIAN WATERS
Planet Earth, BBC:
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL CREATURE: WHALE SHARK
-▶ HUNTING DOWN THREATENED SPECIES... FOR THEIR LARGE FINS: EMERGING WHALE SHARK 'CRISIS' IN CHINA http://phys.org/news/2012-07-emerging-whale-shark-crisis-china.html#jCp
Mongabay, January 29, 2014
-▶ INVESTIGATION: CHINESE FACTORY ILLEGALLY SLAUGHTERS 600 WHALE SHARKS A YEAR -- FOR COSMETICS AND HEALTH SUPPLEMENT OIL http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0129-whale-shark-slaughter-china.html
Salon, January 27, 2014
-▶ UNDERCOVER ACTIVISTS BUST "WORLD'S BIGGEST WHALE SHARK SLAUGHTERHOUSE" IN CHINA http://www.salon.com/2014/01/27/undercover_activists_bust_worlds_biggest_whale_shark_slaughterhouse_in_china/
Dawn, May 03, 2014
-▶ PAKISTAN: FIVE WHALE SHARKS KILLED WITHIN 10 DAYS http://www.dawn.com/news/1103739
-▶ WHALE SHARKS, Pictures, Facts - National Geographic http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/whale-shark/
BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF OUR OCEAN FRIENDS
Whale Sharks and More by alastair.pollock
-▶ VICTORY FOR VULNERABLE WHALE SHARKS http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Victory_for_vulnerable_whale_sharks_at_Pacific_meeting_999.html
The Nature Conservancy, Cool Green Science
-▶ WHALE SHARKS: SWIMMING WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST FISH http://blog.nature.org/science/2014/04/09/whale-sharks-swimming-with-the-worlds-largest-fish/
-▶ SHARK POPULATIONS HAVE PLUMETTED BY 90% IN RECENT DECADES. EXTINCTION AHEAD Shark populations have plummeted by 90% in recent decades...will be extinct in a few years. The Guardian reports that 2011 may be the last year that eating shark fin soup is regarded as a sign of middle class prosperity: the worldwide movement to ban this casually cruel, wasteful practice (sharks are de-finned by the hundreds, left to bleed-to-death and drown on the ocean floor) is gaining momentum even in Hong Kong... http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/11/shark-populations-have-plummeted-by-90-in-recent-decadeswill-be-extinct-in-a-few-years/
-▶ 100 MILLION SLAUGHTERED A YEAR, JUST FOR THEIR FINS. SHARK POPULATIONS PLUMMET BY 90%...COULD BE EXTINCT IN NEAR FUTURE http://sco.lt/6lqeED
OF SHARKS AND PEOPLE DOCUMENT A VULNERABLE SPECIES
DO SHARKS HAVE CULTURE? SHARK SPECIES FACING EXTINCTION http://sco.lt/4oWoQT
DO WHALES HAVE CULTURE? http://sco.lt/8ikO49
-▶ THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/61gcWf
-▶ WRECKING THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM: OVERFISHING, COLLAPSING FISHERIES, OCEAN DEPENDENT SPECIES STARVING -- AND CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/89htxZ
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