“Endangering sharks by overfishing”


Sharks are prized for their meat, and in Asia especially for their fins, a prestige food thought to convey health benefits.
The most comprehensive survey of 64 shark species of open water, or pelagic zone is published days before an international meeting on high-seas tuna fisheries.

endangered great white

endangered great white

Why is this meeting important for shark conservation?

1. For decades, significant numbers of blue and mako sharks have perished as “by-catch” in commercial tuna and swordfish operations.

2. Recently, the soaring value of shark meat has prompted many tuna fisheries to target sharks as a lucrative sideline, said Sonja Forham, Policy Director for the Shark Alliance, and co-author of the study.

3. *The Spanish fleet of surface longline fishing boats supposedly targets swordfish, but 70 percent of its catch, by weight, fcomes rom 2000 to 2004 were pelagic sharks.

Unprotected sharks will perish to human greed

endangered hammerhead

endangered hammerhead

With no restrictions on the number of sharks that these fisheries can harvest and despite mounting threats, sharks remain virtually unprotected on the high seas.

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The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is an exceptionally large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. Reaching lengths of more than 6 metres (20 ft) and weighing up to 2,240 kilograms (4,938 lb), the great white shark is arguably the world’s largest known predatory fish. It is the only surviving species of its genus, Carcharodon.

The hammerhead sharks belong to the family Sphyrnidae, the hammer sharp of their heads, which are flattened and laterally extended into a “hammer” shape called a “cephalofoil”. The cephalofoil, probably contains sensory reception, maneuvering, and prey manipulation ability. The nine known species of hammerhead range from 0.9 to 6 m long (3 to 20 feet). All the species have a projection on each side of the head that gives it a resemblance to a flattened hammer. The shark’s eyes and nostrils are at the tips of the extensions. Hammerheads are found worldwide in warmer waters along coastlines and continental shelves. Hammerheads are notably one of the few creatures in the animal kingdom to acquire a tan from prolonged exposure to sunlight, a feature shared by pigs and humans. Tanning occurs when a hammerhead is in shallow waters or close to the surface for long periods.

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Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Terradaily.com/reports/Third_of_open_ocean_sharks_face_extinction_study

Excerpts courtesy of En.wikipedia.org

Image 1. courtesy of Myanimalblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/great-white-shark-picture-01.jpg

Image 2. courtesy of Images.google.com/wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/Hammerhead_shark.

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“Needed clicks to feed abandoned animals”


Please help  feed abused and neglected animals
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting  enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of  getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals.  It takes less than a minute (about 15 seconds) to go to their site  and click on the purple box ‘fund food for animals for free’. This  doesn’t cost you a thing.
Their corporate  sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food  to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for  advertising.

abandoned boxer

abandoned boxer

Here’s the web site! Please pass it along to  people you know.
Click here: Theanimalrescuesite.com

“Endangered albino green turtles hatch under Navy’s watch”


Khram Island, Thailand, June 17, 2009–A Thai Navy sailor holds a baby albino green sea turtle at a nursery for the reptiles, which are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

albino green turtle

albino green turtle

These babies turtle will live in this pond at Khram island, about 30 km (19 miles) from Pattaya, east of Bangkok, Thailand. Once the baby turtles’ shells are larger and strong enough to protect them from various predators, the  young turtles will be released to the sea.

The Thai Navy hatch and raise about 15,000 green turtles and hawksbill turtles annually at the navy’s conservation center.  The navy will keep watch over these endangered turtles for about six months before releasing them into the sea.

Thank you for your service. The Thai Navy is setting a great example for how the military can be of more sservice to our living planet.

Resources

Image and Excerpts courtesy of  News.nationalgeographic.com/Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters/news/2009/06/photogalleries/week-in-news-pictures-136/index.html

Excerpts courtesy of  English.sina.com/life/p/2009/0623/250680.html


“Seal pups by the thousands slaughtered for fashion”


Gucci, Prada, and Versac use slaughtered  seal pup  pelts to create some of their fashions, which are exported to Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Turkey, Russia, and other

Seal pups slaughtered for fashion

Seal pups slaughtered for fashion

countries. The pelts will be used to make expensive designer-label coats and accessories.

Brutally hunted and killed

For six to eight weeks each spring, the ice floes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the eastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador turn bloody, as some 300,000 harp seal pups, virtually all between 2 and 12 weeks old, are beaten to death—their skulls crushed with a heavy spiked club called a hakapik—or shot. They are then skinned on the ice or in nearby hunting vessels after being dragged to the ships with boat hooks. The skinned carcasses are usually left on the ice or tossed in the ocean.

Thousands of other wounded pups (estimates range from 15,000 to

shooting thousands of seal pup

shooting thousands of seal pup

150,000 per year) manage to escape the hunters but die later of their injuries or drown after falling off the ice (pups younger than about 5 weeks cannot swim). The seals are hunted chiefly for their pelts, which are exported to Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Turkey, Russia, and other countries, where they are used to make expensive designer-label coats and accessories. Among the major vendors of these products are the Italian fashion-wear companies Gucci, Prada, and Versace.

Namibia, Africa  seal hunting season begin

Now the seal hunt has begun anew in Namibia, Africa where 80, 000 pups they are brutally clubbed to death. South Africa stopped sealing in 1990, with no further need to control the population. It has not experienced  a negative impact on jobs or fisheries, environment or ecosystem. sealer ready to club the pup

By stopping sealing and promoting eco-tourism in seal viewing has flourished. Now viewing is considered one of the top ten attractions in South Africa, earning in excess of R30 million ($3,787,878.788 US)
Under the Seal Protection Act it is now a criminal offence to kill a seal in South Africa.

However,  Namibia’s  has not become enlightened by South African example. Seal clubbing with spiked clubs continues under controversy and scandal. The former  Director of Marine Mammal Resources,       Dr Burger Oelofsen, Namibia’s, a staunch supporter of seal clubbing, leaves the Ministry to become a partner in the only luxury guest lodge, Cape Cross Seal Lodge, whose sole attraction is offering tourists seal eco-tourism to the seal colony.

It is all about $$$.

Please help the groups listed below to stop this slaughter.

Click on any of the links below.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of wflendangeredstreamlive.org/namibianseals.htm

Image 1. courtesy of Images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/wp-content/uploads/harpse003p4.jp

Image 2. courtesy of http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/wp-content/uploads/sealmn002-cu1.jpg

Image 3. courtesy of http://animalrescue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/seal_photo.jpg

“The threatened Lynx making a come back from Colorado to Spain”


The threatened Lynx are hopefully making a come back from Colorado to Spain. The discovery of 10 lynx kittens this spring marks the first newborns documented in Colorado since 2006,. This good news raises the hopes of  biologists overseeing restoration of the mountain feline and all those that love this beautiful endangered cat.. The tuft-eared cats with big, padded feet were native to Colorado, but were wiped out by the early 1970s by logging, trapping, poisoning and development.

The threatenedLynx on the comeback trail in Colorado

The threatenedLynx on the comeback trail in Colorado

They are listed as threatened on the endangered species list. Biologists found no kittens the past two years, possibly partly because of a drop in the number of snowshoe hares, the cats’ main food source. This year, seven male and three female kittens were found in five dens.

More than 200 lynx from Alaska and Canada have been released in Colorado since 1999. It is unknown how many lynx are currently living in the state.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of News.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090627/ap_on_re_us/us_lynx_kittens

Image courtesy of Turtletrack.org/Issues01/Co11172001/Art/LynxKitten.jpg

“White lion reintroduction to the wild-volunteers needed”


Tsau! White Lion Conservation Project

An opportunity to work with the ‘world-first’ reintroduction of White Lions back to the wild in their endemic area – the Greater Timbavati region, in South Africa. Volunteers are trained as active members of the scientific monitoring and research team. Participants have a rare opportunity to gain hands-on game-ranging experience whilst making a valuable contribution to the long-term conservation of the white lions.

white lions of South Africa

white lions of South Africa

Tsau!* Global White Lion Protection Trust The Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT) is a South African based non-profit conservation and community development organisation, established in 2002 by author and conservationist, Linda Tucker. The White Lion Trust’s conservation ethos integrates science, culture, education and enterprise development to protect the rare endangered White Lion and to help alleviate poverty in surrounding rural communities. This integrated approach is the only way to realise wildlife conservation objectives whilst creating long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability for South Africa’s vast rural poverty nodes

Take action for nature and conservation.-Volunteer today.

Resource

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.workingabroad.com/page/172/tsau-white-lion-project.htm

Image courtesy of   http://www.asiact.org/archive/events/img/white_lions.jpg

“Model for sustainable fishing -we can do it!”


Traditional Dutch fishermen sustainable fishing practices for a successful livelihood.

In the Netherlands, Louwe de Boer explains the reasons why after six generations of fishing using traditional, wasteful methods his family has embraced sustainable practices and safe nets as the way of protecting their livelihoods.

Sustainable fishing

Sustainable fishing

They spent about two million euros (about 2.8 million dollars) three years ago for new nets. Result it has cut doen his by-catch, animals caught along with the fish unintentionally and discarded, to a few percent. Before using the old methods, fifty percent or more of his catch was by-catch. His new safe nets are more gentle on the ecologically sensitive North Sea bed.

“It is better to innovate before being forced onto your knees by the consumer,” De Boer

Ekofish, a company owned by De Boer and his five brothers, has just obtained official credentials from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to certify that all his fish are caught in a sustainable way . This is the first such award to be given to fishers in the Netherlands.

Benefits the sustainable tag has given Ekofish:

  • *better quality product,
  • increase demand for fish with a sustainable tag
  • Increase wholesalers in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland
  • “Our fish is sold even before it leaves the sea.”
  • massive savings in fuel consumption -dropped by 70 percent,(new nets whose larger grid reduces drag)
  • protect the resource from which you hope to continue making a living
  • new, bigger-grid nets leave smaller fish to develop in the sea to grow to a decent size, and then get a good price

The idea is ecologically and economically sound.

The European Union had put aside 48.6 million euros (67.4 million dollars) for the sustainable renewal of the Dutch fisheries sector for the period 2007 to 2013, which together with the national government contribution comes to about 120 million euros.

Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg of the Netherlands, one of Europe’s few net exporters of fish, recently predicted that only fishermen who can offer a product with a sustainable tag will remain viable in the future. Those few who remain will use more energy efficient engines and sustainable nets that differentiate between desirable fish and return the rest gently to the sea.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Seeddaily.com/Traditional_Dutch_fishermen_turn_to_innovation_for_sustainability

Image courtesy of Seeddaily.com/images/netherlands-dutch-fisherman-louwe-de-boer-innovative-fishing-nets-afp-bg.

“Endangered Omo decorate with nature’s best”


The Endangered Omo Tribe of Ethiopia

An ancient tribe of farming peoples making strides to live peacefully with each other. Some of these people create beautiful artwork from the plants around them. Then they decorate their bodies with their creations.

Resources Video courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGLR8wEvRfQ

“Rare Whales hunted for their toxic meat, blubber and oil”


By consensus the 85-nation IWC agreed to reconstitute a working group set up last year which would “intensify its efforts to conclude a package or packages” by the 2010 IWC conference “at the latest,” Miller said at the meeting held on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

IWC chairman William Hogarth supported the call for more consultations.

“There is a will, now we have to find the way. If in 2010 we haven’t had any progress, set a course and made some changes, there will be no more delays,” he said.

Whales are protected by a moratorium on hunting dating back to 1986 with some exceptions limited by quota.

whales slaughtered

Regardless of the moratorium, almost 40,000 whales have been killed worldwide since 1985 by countries which refuse to sign up to the IWC treaty, or use loopholes allowing scientific or “lethal” research, or maintaining “aboriginal” or subsistence hunting.

Of 679 whales reported to have been killed during the 2008-2009 whale hunt in Antarctica, 304 were female. Four of the female whales were lactating, and 192 were pregnant at the time of death. The Japanese government’s “Cruise Report” gives gruesome details on the fetuses killed. The four lactating females killed would each have had a dependent calf who would inevitably have starved to death.

The main stumbling block in the negotiations is a proposal to let Japan resume commercial whaling off its coast in exchange for a cut in its “scientific whaling” in the Antarctic.

Countries wanting to harvest more whales

Japan, which says whaling is part of its culture, kills more than 1,000 whales a year through a loophole in the treaty that allows the ocean giants to be killed for “research”, although the meat still ends up on dinner tables. This animal’s meat and fat is filled with toxic substances that are potentially harmful to anyone that eats the meat. These toxins like PCBs (polychlorinated biphen) and mercury are not indigenous to the animal but enter its body through the food it eats. The slower metabolism of the creature does not allow the toxins to be excreted so it is stored in its meat and fat.

A delegate from New Zealand warned that unless an agreement is reached by 2010 the whaling organization is in trouble. “If we fail, the IWC will die,” he told the meeting.

Iceland, looking to join the European Union, has significantly raised its self-imposed quotas for this year in a move condemned by countries including Britain, France, Germany and the United States.

Denmark on Tuesday officially requested permission from the IWC to resume hunting humpback whales off Greenland, with a quota of 10 per year for the 2010-2012 period, in a move that has angered environmentalists.

Good news

Meanwhile, a Norwegian fisheries organization said Wednesday that Norway’s whalers had suspended their hunt mid-season this year with less than half a government quota of 885 whales killed because demand was saturated.

Japanese whaling video view

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of News.yahoo.com/whalingenvironmentiwc

Video link courtesy of Youtube.com

Image courtesy of Thewhalehunt.org/common/highlights/6/23-15-00.jpg

“Iberian lynx coming back from extinction”


At the Donana National Park on the Iberian coast in Spain, veterinarian Astrid Vargas an American has been running a captive breeding program for the past five and a half years to bring the Iberian Lynx back from the brink of  of extinction. She began in December 2003 with five adults in Donana, four females and a male to bring the most endangered cat back from extinction.

Critically endangered Iberian Lynx

Critically endangered Iberian Lynx

Now with 17 surviving cubs born in captivity in Donana and 77 lynxes in captivity at the two centers run by Vargas and in the zoo in the southwestern city of Jerez, she will now begin reintroducing the species to the wild to years ahead of schedule. The next big challenge is to prepare the captive-born animals for their survival in the wild.

Spanish lynx cubs

Spanish lynx cubs

The plan is to begin releasing a few animals next year into areas where they were at one time abundant forming an overlapping linking system where the animals have corridors that allow exchanges between populations where possible away from human populations of humans.


Investing  in one species to help a whole ecosystem

Two more breeding centers are planned, in southern Portugal and in western Spain’s Extremadura region, to cope with the growing number of lynx.

In Donana, the captive animals live in a fenced compound with 20 separate enclosures, where they are fed mostly rabbits, including live ones so the cubs can learn to hunt. In a small building nearby, Vargas and her team of experts monitor them 24 hours a day using 57 closed-circuit television cameras. The only time humans intervene in the breeding enclosures is if a fight breaks out between the cats. Cubs can get killed.

Vargas, who has worked on saving the black-footed ferret and the Mexican wolf in the United States and the Siberian tiger in Russia, said the work is “satisfying and very terribly tiring”.

“When you are responsible for a lot of live animals that are critically endangered you never disconnect. It’s day and night.”

The captive breeding program is only the beginning of the process that could take another 16 years and in which the Iberian lynx must pass from being “critically endangered”  the highest category of risk for a wild animal under the International Union for Conservation of Nature — to “endangered” to “threatened”.

The ultimate goal is to protect the entire endangered habitat, which is the Mediterranean forest and scrub land, and we are using the lynx as the key species to accomplish this goal. By reestablishing one key species animal for the well-being of a whole the entire ecosystem will benefit.  For 20 years,  this ecosystem has suffered. By protecting the lynx, we are protecting the entire balance of nature, including other endangered animals like the Spanish imperial eagle.

You too can make a difference help something or some animal. Do not stop until you have made a difference-one person at a time.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   Terradaily.com/

Worlds most_endangered_feline_brought_back_from_the_brink


Excerpts courtesy of  Wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/Linces19

Image 1. Animal.discovery.com/mammals/lynx/pictures/lynx

Image 2. Emiljung.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/iberian_lynx_cubs

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