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What can you do to stop shark finning?
12. Use your imagination! These are just my ideas. You may have some much more original and interesting ideas of your own to help bring attention to shark finning. Please post your ideas on thefacebook page or email them.
Cutting fins off live sharks is already illegal in NZ but the senseless and wasteful practice of killing sharks just for their fins and then dumping their bodies back in the sea is not.
Gazprom is nominated for the Public Eye Awards for going ahead with their reckless and environmentally damaging drilling plans in the Arctic. Vote now! #PEAwards14
Gazprom’s plans to extract the first Arctic oil in December 2013 have been heavily criticized due to the serious risks to the environment. Gazprom has to date refused to make its oil spill mitigation plan public.
From the available summary, it is clear that Gazprom is not prepared for the high risks which drilling under Arctic conditions entails. Nevertheless, Gazprom claims the company is committed to upholding high environmental standards and is moving ahead with its plans.Consequences
Independent research on the potential impacts of an oil spill has revealed that Gazprom would not be able to respond to an oil spill. Such a spill would lead to serious, long-term pollution of this fragile region.
The US Geological Survey concluded that “there is no comprehensive method for cleanup of spilled oil in sea ice”. It is estimated that the total area at risk is over 140,000km2 of sea and 3,000km of coastline, and that nearby wildlife reserves and critical habitats for Arctic seabirds and walrus would be heavily threatened.
Once again oceans are being put at risk by anti-government dogma. Rep. Bill Flores of Waco, Texas (a non-coastal district) has attached a rider to the Water Resources Development Act that would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps Engineers from coordinating with coastal states on any ocean project.
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Authorities say they suspect that fishermen using explosives may have killed the animals found at the town of Punta de Choros on Chile's north central coast.
Scientific objections to such a programme of culling sharks centre on the fact that in order to reduce attacks, a substantial number of animals will have to be removed, which will have a serious impact on the survival of already threatened species in the region. “If they take enough sharks out of the water, sure it’s going to reduce shark attacks,” says Burgess. “If you get all of them out of the water you’ll never have a shark attack again.”
Still, while a shark attack is undoubtedly a very scary thing, it is incredibly rare, and certainly shouldn't put you off diving. Sharks kill on average five people a year.
As an example, if a shark smells blood, it can go into a feeding frenzy, attacking everything around it to the point where it may even take a chunk out of its own tail.
Also, some sharks never sleep. If they stop moving, air stops passing over their gills and they suffocate, so they look like they are always awake, but they are in deep rest.
Still, while a shark attack is undoubtedly a very scary thing, it is incredibly rare, and certainly shouldn't put you off diving. Sharks kill on average five people a year. Here are five things that you should be far more worried about:
While the thought of a Coke machine probably doesn't fill anyone normal with the same sense of dread as a Great White, vending machines are responsible for an average of 13 deaths a year. That's more than two and a half times as many as Jaws, though I wouldn't have thought a movie about killer vending machine related accidents would be very exciting.
While sharks grab the headlines if they attack someone, jellyfish actually kill eight times as many people every year. While they look harmless, they can be highly poisonous, and are also often hard to see and avoid. As well as causing 40 deaths a year, jellyfish also cause a vastly larger number of injuries than sharks.
There's also that whole thing of having someone pee on your jellyfish stings. There is no scenario I can think of where an encounter with a shark could lead to you having to get your buddy to pee on you.
When it comes to terrifying animals, the shark may top many people's list, yet in terms of kills, they are far, far behind Bambi's mom, who kills 130 of us a year. Deer can attack people, and also cause road accidents, though as herbivores they will at least spare you the indignity of being eaten once you're dead.
Nowhere in the world could possibly be safer than your own bed, right? Well, actually, you're safer in open water risking the sharks, and even the jellyfish – 450 people every year die falling out of bed in the US alone. This isn't the number of people who die in their beds, that is much higher, this is the number of people who actually die because of their beds. Or their floors, depending on how you look at it.
If you're heading to tropical waters on your diving trip, it may or may not reassure you (probably not) to know that you are much more likely to be killed by one of the coconuts on those idyllic trees by the beach falling and dashing your brains out than by a shark biting your torso in half. Falling coconuts cause 150 human deaths every year on average, that's 30 times more than sharks.
There are very few things in fact, that are less statistically likely to be the cause of your death than a shark attack.
Whether this information should make you less scared of sharks or more scared of everything else in the world is hard to say. Other things that cause more annual human deaths than the sharks do include hotdogs, rollercoasters, dogs, lightning, hippos, wasps, airplanes, bathtubs, volcanoes and your hot water tap.
Sharks are our friends, and no man eaters. We have a responsibility to conserve this apex predator. A lot of shark species are on the brink of extinction due to human interference.
What would happen if this creature would not be roaming the seas any more? What would happen to the eco system as we know it? Do we realize we are depend on this same eco system?
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SEEtheWILD connects travelers with shark conservation sites who directly benefit from the visit, a unique wildlife experience. Choose from Costa Rica, Baja California Sur Mexico, or Trinidad & Tobago.
There are more species of dolphins than in any other cetacean group (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). This incredibly diverse group of animals, from coastal to oceanic to river species, span the globe in their distribution. With their streamlined, hydrodynamic bodies, and their ability to "see" their environment using echolocation these animals are perfectly suited for their aquatic world.
Unfortunately, dolphins are increasingly under pressure from threats such as habitat degradation, pollution, incidental capture in fisheries, climate change, commercial harvest, and depletion of prey species. For more about the threats that dolphins face click here.
Did You Know?
Dolphins use echolocation to navigate and locate prey. Sounds are produced and emitted from an area of the head and are reflected off an object. The sound echo is then received by the dolphin giving it a 'picture' of it's prey or surroundings.The 5 species of 'River Dolphins' have evolved to live in muddy, murky waters of rivers and estuaries and hence have poorly developed eyesight. These species rely on echolocation to 'see' their environment.Dolphins are highly intelligent, social animals living in groups called pods. The strongest bonds are between females and their offspring.All dolphin species exhibit countershading - meaning the ventral surface of their body, or belly is lighter than the dorsal (back) surface, which allows them to blend into their marine environment making them less visible to predators.There are 33-35 recognized species of dolphins and they are highly variable in size and coloration - with various markings, blazes, capes, spots, and color patterns in shades of grey, white, pink, and black.Dolphins and their closest relatives, porpoises, have some different physical characteristics that set them apart. Dolphins have conical teeth, while porpoise have spade-shaped teeth. Dolphins are also generally larger in size and have longer snouts.
Effective protection of an animal relies to a large extent upon how much we know about it. The recent separation of the genusManta into two distinct species allows scientists and governments to make more relevant management decisions based upon their differing lifestyle histories.
For example, whilst regional or national fishing bans might completely protect a population of resident reef manta rays, similar action in an area where the more transient oceanic mantas are seen might only provide a short-term refuge in one area of this species’ habitual range.
Effective protective measures for a species can therefore be applied at local, regional and/or international levels, and a number of laws, conventions and organisations exist to help facilitate such actions. This page details some of the legal measures already in place to help protect these rays throughout their range, as well as what more needs to be done…
New measures to combat WA shark risksTuesday, 10 December 2013 Government announces baiting and catching initiative for heavily used beachesFaster, more aggressive response after attacks with more vesselsLong-term coastal zones established with protection measures determined by local communities
Premier Colin Barnett and Fisheries Minister Troy Buswell today announced new measures to address public safety and help mitigate the risk sharks pose to water users.
Setting baited drum lines to catch large sharks one kilometre from shore, with vessels monitoring the drum lines. These drum lines will be set along heavily used beaches in the metropolitan area and the South-West, and will be deployed 24 hours a day initially from January 2014 through until April 2014.
Mr Barnett said the new measures would improve public safety and build on the State Government’s strong approach to shark hazard management.
“These new initiatives come on top of a raft of measures the State Government already has in place to protect beachgoers, like increased aerial surveillance, beach patrols, shark tagging and a trial of a shark enclosure in the South-West,” the Premier said.
“We are aware of the risks sharks pose to our beach users and the Western Australian way of life and we are implementing strategies to reduce these risks.
“But whatever the State Government does to try to minimise the risk there are still no guarantees, it is very important for Western Australian ocean users to always be aware of the risks of entering the water and to take responsibility for themselves.”
Mr Buswell said the new strategy was a result of extensive consultation with stakeholders and should help Western Australian beachgoers make responsible decisions when using the water.
“Through our new response plan the State Government will become faster and more proactive in catching and removing sharks after an attack. Beachgoers should have more security when using the water,” he said.
“These measures are just another step in the State Government’s long term shark strategy which will include the establishment of Coastal Shark Management Zones.”
The State Government has consulted with the Federal Government about these measures.
“The preservation of human life is our number one priority and these measures are designed to do that, with minimum impact to the surrounding environment,” Mr Buswell said.
The Minister said the strategy would enable Western Australians to make responsible decisions about their water-use.
Includes reduced response times to a fatal shark attack and monitored zonesWA waters will be divided into Coastal Management Zones and specific shark mitigation plan or ‘tool kits’ will be developed according to needsThe South-West and metropolitan regions will be priority regions for the initial risk assessmentThe WA Government has allocated more than $20million over four years to 2015-16 for shark hazard mitigation strategiesAny shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600Anyone wanting to receive alerts about shark sightings or detections can follow @SLSWA on Twitter or refer to the Surf Life Saving WA Facebook pageGeneral information on sharks is also available online via the Department of Fisheries’ shark information pages at the easy to remember web address of http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/shark
Premier’s office - 6552 5000
Fisheries Minister’s office - 6552 6400
Cities on the coastline remain disaster sites, with administrators and former inhabitants unsure they will ever be rebuilt. More than 200,000 are still living in temporary housing.
Victims were allocated around $40,000 per household to rebuild their homes. The money is not nearly sufficient to rebuild the houses, particularly as many victims also lost their jobs.
240 ports – often economic hubs for smaller Japanese towns – remain closed.
Across the disaster zone itself 60 percent of applications from businesses seeking help to re-open have been rejected by authorities due to insufficient funds and red tape. Businesses have to re-open first before they are given financial aid, and have to be judged as “essential” by a local administrative panel.
Stunningly, not only has the money been misallocated, but half of the relief fund has not been given to anyone at all, due to a nominal lack of suitable applicants and procedural delays. On the one hand, the recovery is being blighted by the slowness of Tokyo’s bureaucrats to make centralized decisions to relieve troubled regions. On the other, local authorities have little experience in managing such large-scale construction projects.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, whose DPJ party came to power in 2009 on promises of confronting long-standing corruption, was forced to defend the government in the Diet.
"We must listen sincerely to the voices calling for the utmost priority to be accorded to disaster area reconstruction,” said Noda, who was finance minister at the time of the disaster. He also promised to“narrow down” apparent unrelated spending, though he did not specify to what extent or on what criteria.
“The government has lost all public trust,” said Masako Mori, from the opposition Liberal Party.
"That's a fundamental characteristic of bureaucrats. It is the Diet that should check how money is used, but the Diet hasn't put any effort into it," Takayoshi Igarashi, a professor at Hosei University, told Japan Times.
Yoshimitsu Shiozaki, an academic specializing in urban planning at Kobe University, who has conducted his own survey of the spending, believes that little will be done to reverse the spending priorities.
"Legally speaking, there are no problems with these projects," Shiozaki told the Japan Times, noting that before signing off on huge subsidies, bureaucrats only had to prove that a company was in some way connected to the disaster area, even if it is through a single supplier.
He also pointed out that previous relief efforts in the country, such as the Kobe earthquake recovery in 1995, have also been marred by similar scandals.
"But this time the funds are being used in a more deceptive way," said Shiozaki.
In total Japan plans to spend $295 billion on disaster recovery over the next decade.
The chemistry of the oceans is changing. And it isn’t just the corals and the baby oysters that are unhappy. It makes juvenile rockfish really anxious, and it upsets the digestion of sea urchins.
The pH (a measure of acidity – the lower the pH, the more acid the water) of the planet’s oceans is dropping rapidly, largely because the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are increasing. Since carbon dioxide dissolves in water to form carbonic acid, the seas are responding to global change.
The first and clearest victims are likely to be the corals, which are adapted to a specific value of pH in the oceans, but there have also been problems reported by oyster farmers.
Now Martin Tresguerres of the University of California, San Diego reports in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B that at least one species of juvenile fish responds badly to the changes in ocean chemistry.
There is a natural aspect to ocean acidification – submarine volcanoes discharge carbon dioxide and turn the deep seas around them to a kind of fizzing champagne, and upwelling ocean currents can occasionally deliver a stressful level of lower pH sea water to blight fishing waters.
But Tresguerres reports that he and colleagues subjected young Californian rockfish to the kind of water chemistry predicted as atmospheric carbon levels rise, and then measured their behaviour in response to changes of light in the aquarium, and to an unfamiliar object in the tank.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc