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Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries: Stop Killing sharks
Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to stop the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to take steps is protecting sharks when fishing for tuna and other catch. Too many sharks are caught up in the nets of one of the largest fisheries in the world. Something needs to be done to protect the endangered species of sharks while bringing up their tuna and fish catch.
It has been noted that one of the largest fisheries in the world is not only producing tons of tuna, their catches also includes metric tons of sharks. A majority of the sharks that are caught and killed are among the list of endangered species. A crane is used in an effort to bring the fish up and placed into a flat bed truck at the edge of the wharf in Indonesia. Among the catch are sharks with missing heads and fins and includes hammerhead, oceanic white tip, reef and saw tooth sharks.
The Cove: Help Save Japan’s Dolphins
In The Cove, a team of activists and film makers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labelled as whale meat.
The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It’s critical that we get the word out in Japan. Once the Japanese people know we believe they will demand change.
Prevent the Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise
the world’s most endangered marine mammal
A new study by an international committee set up by the Mexican Government to advise on the recovery of the vaquita (CIRVA – the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita) has shown that the vaquita is much closer to going extinct than anyone thought. Delays in eliminating the legal gillnet fishing and a new, illegal gillnet fishery for totoaba (an endangered fish endemic to the northern Gulf) have resulted in a dramatic increase in the decline rate of the vaquita, from about 5-8%/year to the current 18.5%/year. Only an estimated 97 vaquitas remain, and probably less than 25 of these are reproductive females.
Save the New Zealand dolphin
The New Zealand dolphin is the smallest dolphin in the world. Also known as Māui and Hector’s dolphins, there are just four populations left. They live in shallow coastal waters around New Zealand. But very few remain and they are heading for extinction.
Fishing nets are killing these little dolphins at a catastrophic rate.
In 1970 there were around 30,000. Now there are around 7,000. And in 10 years?
At least 110 dolphins die in set and trawl nets each year — faster than they can reproduce. The total number of deaths maybe as high as 300 every 12 months.
You do the maths. In just a few years they will be gone — FOREVER.
You can help save them. Don’t wait.
Sign now and ask the New Zealand government to ban these destructive fishing methods in the dolphins’ home — before it is too late.
The Global Ocean Commission has started a petition to empower UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September to call on world leaders to develop a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure ocean health and the sustainable and equitable use and conservation of high seas resources.
The UN Secretary-General is committed to ocean health and protection but he needs our support. Please join the mission for a healthy, living ocean and ask Ban Ki-moon to join our call for high seas protection and ocean health.
Within one week, we have received over 80,000 signatures on our petition and this is growing daily — this is encouraging but we need your help to ensure that all voices are being heard and make a clear statement that the current state of ocean affairs is not acceptable.
Protect Rare Sea Fans from MOD’s Warship Dredging
Because pink sea fans are so vulnerable to damage and slow-growing, they are supposed to be protected. But this rare coral found off the coast near Plymouth, England is being buried in silt.
Dredged from Devonport docks in River Tamar, the silt is being dumped in Whitsand Bay — where parts of the reef are already completely submerged.
Since the 1980s over five million tonnes have been deposited at Whitsand, and now the Ministry of Defence wants licence to continue its dumping for yet another two years, adding over 300 thousand more tonnes to the bay!
Although the MoD says the dredging is essential to clear channels for warships at the docks, environmental groups argue that Lyme Bay has been protected from dredged silt — so why not Whitsand Bay? They’ve written the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which grants dumping licences, asking for an explanation.
But a BBC report says the MMO is demanding evidence that Whitsand’s sea fans are at risk, while refusing to consider further investigation into the matter.
Tell UK’s Marine Management Organisation to protect Whitsand Bay’s pink sea fans from dredging.
Sign the Petition now and share with everyone.