Miami Beach Commissioners Ask Stores To Stop Selling Dead Sharks In Jars – Sea Voice News

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Buying a dead animal flowing in a jar of preservatives usually does not sound like a good gift but yet sharks in jars continue to be a staple in many Florida gift shops across the state and it looks like Miami Beach Commissioners agree with us.

City commissioners last week have passed a resolution asking merchants to stop selling the grotesque souvenir immediately. It is an absolute shame that this request has to be put in to begin with put the fact that this is not against the law is the real concern.

City Commissioner Mark Samuelian said in a statement, “Miami Beach stands for a lot of things: We’re very pro-environment; we really care about wildlife and all the animals. And I don’t think having dead species like alligators and sharks — some with the label ‘Miami Beach’ on them — is consistent with that.”

The Florida Wildlife commission is the government body that regulates marine life in the state therefore, the most city commissioners could do is ask shop owners to remove them from shelfs. In the resolution, the commissioners condemned the practice by calling it a “disturbing and unsavory practice” and a “grotesque enterprise motivated by profits”.

The city commissioners also released a second resolution that calls for the state to step in and enact stricter regulations on the fishing and harvesting of shark and alligator species.

“I have seen some of these things in tourist shops,” says Vice Mayor Michael Góngora, who cosponsored both resolutions. “I’ve always thought it was gross, personally. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to buy this or have this. But I guess people do.”

The sharks are typically brought in as a product of commercial fishing bycatch but reports have also pointed towards sharks being born in man-made pools with the purpose of being killed for selling. When a pregnant shark is captured, the fisherman caught open the pregnant shark to reveal shark pups which are then sold to place in jars. The most common sharks found are dusky sharks and spiny dogfish but other species have been known to be placed in jars to sell.

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petition: They Thought It Would Be Cool to Ride a Whale Shark and Nearly Killed It

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti

11,328 SUPPORTERS
12,000 GOAL
The whale shark — the world’s largest fish — is under threat. Its numbers are in decline and it is up to the global community to implement laws that ensure their survival.

That’s why Indonesian marine laws stipulate that divers — who come from all around the world for a chance to see them in the wild — keep a distance of at least three feet from the enormous creatures.

But those warnings weren’t heeded by a few careless scuba divers in Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay National Park. In a video that recently went viral, the group can be seen decked in full scuba gear and with no regard for their safety or that of the sharks. One person straddled the shark’s back while two others held down its fins and another clung on to its tail. Others then proceed to take photos.

Whale Sharks like other sharks must keep moving to breathe. Although they are huge, the fish are extremely fragile, and any type of human contact can lead to injury which could quickly lead to their death.

While the scuba divers are clearly at fault and have been arrested by authorities, there is one other person that should be equally accountable — the tour guide. Tour guides supposedly know the laws that protect Indonesia’s endangered marine species, but this one decided to ignore them and allow his clients to treat the fish like a plush toy.

Indonesian authorities should make sure to find the tour guide and make sure they also pay a price for endangering the whale sharks. Sign the petition and encourage Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti to take action against all guilty parties.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/173/283/627/

 

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It’s Shark Week Take Action for Blacktip Reef Sharks

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Take Action for Blacktip Reef Sharks

The blacktip reef shark’s home around the coral reefs is being damaged by ocean acidification—which occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon and becomes acidified. Increasing acidification degrades the physical structure of these reefs, putting blacktip reef shark habitat and food supply at risk. This affects all the creatures living among the reef—not just blacktip reef sharks.

Federal research funding can help deepen our scientific understanding of this problem and enable us to respond in order to protect thousands of jobs. This expanded ocean acidification research will provide desperately needed resources to help us address one of the most widespread threats to coastal communities and the ocean today.

Please write to your members of Congress today—urging them to fully fund ocean acidification research projects.

https://takeaction.oceanconservancy.org/page/27395/action/1?ea.tracking.id=18LPGCBFXX&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=20180723ReefSharkAdvocacy&utm_content=20180723-SharkweekAA-Prospects-Email1-18LPGCBFXX

Injured shark asks diver for help by repeatedly nudging up against him( video)

https://positiveoutlooksblog.com/2018/06/19/injured-shark-asks-diver-for-help-by-repeatedly-nudging-up-against-him/#comments

Petition:Stop shark finning in Florida! · Change.org

Christopher Richardson started this petition to Florida State House

Recently the Miami Herald published a investigative report on the port of Miami being the largest port of landing of shark fins in the United States. (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article210157954.html

Sharks are a apexs predator that are essential to the health of the oceans and indeed are also exceptionally valuable to tourism in Florida. You can learn more about the practice of shark finning and why it is so horrible with a simple google search.

This is unacceptable and must stop.

We the undersigned are divers and tourists who visit Florida to dive and experience the beautiful and exceptional outdoor and underwater experience that Florida offers.

Knowing that Florida is allowing this internationally condemned practice to be conducted legally is forcing us to reconsider visiting Florida as our playground.

We ask you to take a strong stand and pass legislation to stop the trade in shark fins in Florida

https://www.change.org/p/florida-state-house-stop-shark-finning-in-florida

Petition: MTV: Drop Reality Star Who Shot & Killed an Endangered Shark!


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/389/672/948/

Urge Fairs to Cancel Cruel Shark Encounters!

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Sharks don’t belong in captivity. Please urge fairs to cancel these cruel events.

Source: Urge Fairs to Cancel Cruel Shark Encounters!

Petition: Ban the Sale & Trade of Shark Fin Products in the USA


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/796/761/442/ban-the-sale-trade-of-shark-fin-products-in-the-usa/?TAP=1732

Germany: Take Action To Stop ‘Shark City’ – The Biggest In Europe – Sample Letter To Copy And Send.

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Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

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I was informed by an animal protection organization that a shark aquarium is planned in Sinsheim. Sinsheim has 35,000 inhabitants and is located in the south of Germany.

An investor wants to build the biggest shark aquarium in Europe: “Shark City”.

Dives in the basins are planned, but also a so-called touch pool for touching the animals.

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My first thought was: in which century do these cave-men live? But with thoughts we can not save animals, actions maybe more helpful!

I wrote and sent this letter to the mayor.

If someone wants to protest, can also send the same letter. The more the better.

Regards

Venus

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Please copy the letter (preferably the German version) and send to the Mayor as soon as possible.  Please ensure you state your nationality so that he is aware of the worldwide attention on this issue.

Thank you – SAV

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Demand a National Ban on Shark Fins

The cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning should have been made illegal long ago. Rhode Island just passed a law to end this inhumane industry, and now the entire U.S. must act. Sign this petition to demand a nationwide ban on this irresponsible trade.

Source: Demand a National Ban on Shark Fins

Shark aquarium in Sinsheim | OceanCare

Sign our petition to the city council of Sinsheim and help us protect sharks from being subjected to a sad existence in an aquarium!

Source: Shark aquarium in Sinsheim | OceanCare

Petition · Tell FedEx to Stop Shipping Shark Fins· Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/sharks?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=recommended_share&grid_position=18

Petition · Tell Congress to Support a USA Ban on Shark Fin, Without Exemptions · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/tell-congress-to-support-a-usa-ban-on-shark-fin-without-exemptions

Urge Fairs to Cancel Cruel Shark Encounters!

Sharks don’t belong in captivity. Please urge fairs to cancel these cruel events.

Source: Urge Fairs to Cancel Cruel Shark Encounters!

End Illegal Shark Fishing in Protected Sanctuary

Protected grey reef sharks are being illegally killed and sold in a shark sanctuary in the central Pacific. Urge the local government to increase enforcement of shark fishing bans to end this cruel practice.

Source: End Illegal Shark Fishing in Protected Sanctuary

57 dead sharks found on Mobile Bay shore (Alabama, USA)

The ocean update

dead-bullsharks-mass-stranding-theodore-Alabama-USAJuly 10th, 2016 (Kent Faulk). Alabama’s Marine Resources Division and Dauphin Island Sea Lab are investigating the deaths of dozens of sharks found Saturday morning along the shore of Mobile Bay, WKRG television news is reporting.

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Petition · Nathan Deal: Ban shark fins in Georgia! · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/nathan-deal-ban-shark-fins-in-georgia?source_location=discover_feed

Justice for Shark Killed for Photo Opportunity

 

 

 

Tourists and lifeguards then used the shark as a prop and began to take photos with it. Some were holding the shark down as others sat around it. One man (pictured) held the dying creature's tail fin in the air as he posed for a photo.

A group of tourists and employees allegedly dragged a shark out of the ocean and posed for pictures with the creature’s lifeless body. Demand that these cruel and inhumane individuals be punished for murdering such a precious creature.

Source: Justice for Shark Killed for Photo Opportunity