‘Biggest Ever’ Whale Shark Slaughterhouse Discovered in China

Environmental activists have claimed to have uncovered the world’s largest whale shark slaughterhouse in south eastern China, killing around 600 of the endangered species a year.

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Shark attack survivors unite to save sharks

Shark victims, including Aussie navy diver Paul de Gelder, have come together to help protect the predators.

THEY’VE LOST ARMS, LEGS and ankle parts, but nine survivors of encounters with sharks – including Australian navy diver Paul de Gelder – say that the ocean’s greatest predator has more reason to fear the water than we do.

The survivors gathered at the United Nations in New York on Monday to tell the world that their attackers, like the great white, desperately need protecting. Paul, whose right hand and lower right leg were torn off last year in Sydney Harbour, says he wants to “speak out for an animal that can’t speak for itself.”

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Australian shark-cull plan draws scientists’ ire

Baited hooks in Western Australia could damage vulnerable white shark populations.

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Educational trip to China very successful

Beijing, November 2013. In co-operation with YD-Communications, organizer of the “China International Animal & Nature Film Festival”, the PTSF visited China for an educational trip to Beijing and Qingdao.

Lectures and screening of our short documentary GIMME A HUG were held at the Beijing Museum of Nature History, the Beijing Normal University and the Qingdao Ocean University of China.

Hundreds of enthusiastic students and visitors were visiting the venues. Their warm welcome was very encouraging. Many of them changed their mind about sharks in favour of sharks and realized that this fascinating animal isn’t that dangerous as they though it was, and realized that it is very important to prevent it from overfishing.

Photos of the lectures can be found here:

Beijing Museum of Natural History
Beijing Normal University
Qingdao Ocean University of China

Beside Ms. Li Jianwen and Ms. Shuang Qin of the Beijing Museum of Natural History, we also like to express our gratitude to all Teachers, Environmental Leaders, Students of all Universities and YD-Communication. Their support and co-operation during this trip was of great importance and very much appreciated!

Shark conservation event in Hong Kong

Children in Hong Kong are shaping a huge shark on the beach at Ocean Day for children. The event is intended to raise awareness of the trade and consumption of shark fins for which many sharks are killed.

Drying Shark Fins in Hong Kong

This photo was taken this past December, 2012. You are looking at a rooftop covered in shark fins in the center of Hong Kong. This image does not even capture the magnitude of this shipment. Around the backside of that second level there were stacks of pallets full of fins (ten feet by ten feet wide, and at least ten stacks high). The fins have to be laid out in the sun to dry before they can be packaged and sold in the marketplace for dishes such as shark fin soup. This takes space, which can be hard to come by in Hong Kong, particularly if you’re trying to be inconspicuous..

The drying process: In short, they dry-preserve them. This makes them available for re-hydration at future times, like jerky or dried mushrooms. Unfortunately this practice is at an all time high. Not only is the $ going extinct and the world’s attention turning into ‘their ‘ livelyhoods, But the shark finners know that this dark practice has an immediate end. Therefore they are RAMPING up efforts to fin as many sharks as possible before the $ dies… Sharks are an INTEGRAL part of our eco systems. For millions of years they have played their role in protecting us from demise with their (the sharks) efforts. If or when we wipe them out, we will see our future dim. Please help. Spread the word. Share our post.

Photo: OCEAN DEFENDER – Hawaii

Killing 90 sharks is NOT going to solve this problem

In response to a surge in shark attacks, government officials in Reunion Island have banned surfing outside of the island’s lagoons until October 1 of this year. Anyone caught surfing outside of the lagoon will face a $50 fine. Additionally, they plan to cull 90 sharks—45 tiger sharks and 45 bull sharks—from the island’s waters to help combat the attacks.

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Japan rejects international shark trade regulation

The Japanese government has decided to reject landmark rules on the trade in sharks, an official said Friday, opting for status quo despite a global push to protect the predators.

Japan is filing a “reservation” about the regulation under the 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to restrict cross-border trade in the oceanic whitetip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead shark.

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Airline exposed as shark fin trafficker

International airline Air Pacific – soon to be rebranded as Fiji Air – has been exposed as one of the world’s major carriers of shark fins into Hong Kong.

In an extensive investigation, the South China Morning Post has reported that the airlines’ new Airbus A330 aircraft were, according to a group of pilots familiar with its operations “basically a thinly-disguised freighter” carrying shark fins to the territory from Pacific islands.

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‘Historic’ day for shark protection

Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok.
The body, which regulates trade in flora and fauna, voted by a two-thirds majority to upgrade the sharks’ status.

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