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Malaysia one of world's top 10 shark finning nations

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:11 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: A 10-year-old international effort to conserve sharks has largely failed as only 13 of the top 20 shark-catching countries have developed national plans to protect the endangered creatures, according to a new analysis.
In the analysis, Malaysia was placed in the top 10 list of shark catchers worldwide.

The top 10, in order, were Indonesia, India, Spain, Taiwan, Argentina, Mexico, Pakistan, United States, Japan and Malaysia.

The top 20 shark-catching countries account for more than 640,000 tonnes of shark meat annually, nearly 80 per cent of total shark catch reported globally.

With 30 per cent of all shark species now threatened or nearly threatened with extinction, there is little evidence that the countries' plans, approved by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO), have contributed significantly to the conservation and management of these animals.

The analysis by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade-monitoring network, and the Pew Environment Group reviewed the fisheries information given to UNFAO to identify the top 20 shark-catching countries and other entities, and assessed whether they had taken the management and conservation measures they agreed to in 2001.

The analysis was entitled "The Future of Sharks: A Review of Action and Inaction".

In a statement released here, TRAFFIC said according to the analysis, it was unclear if the 13 countries that developed national plans to protect sharks -- one of the primary recommendations in 2001 -- had implemented them or if they had produced effective results.

Indonesia, India, Spain and Taiwan accounted for more than 35 per cent of all sharks captured annually, based on their own reported data.

Worldwide, shark populations are in decline due to unregulated fishing.

Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins, which is the main ingredient in shark's fin soup, a popular dish in many East Asian countries.

The analysis was released ahead of a crucial meeting of UNFAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI), starting from tomorrow until Feb 4 in Rome, Italy.

The two organisations recommended that COFI perform "a comprehensive review into the actions being undertaken to manage fisheries in which sharks are taken".

"The fate of the world's sharks is in the hands of the top 20 shark catchers, most of whom have failed to demonstrate what, if anything, they are doing to save these imperilled species.

"They need to take action to stop the decline in shark population and help ensure that the list of species threatened by overfishing does not continue to grow," said Glenn Sant, TRAFFIC's global marine programme leader.

"Sharks play a critical role in the ocean environment. Where shark populations are healthy, marine life thrives; but where they have been overfished, ecosystems fall out of balance.

"Shark-catching countries and entities must stand by their commitments and act now to conserve and protect these animals," said Jill Hepp, the global shark conservation manager for the Pew Environment Group.
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Re: Malaysia one of world's top 10 shark finning nations

Post Number:#2  Postby decimal86 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:47 am

unfortunately we as divers/advocates of conservation are out-numbered by the ppl who continue to devour, without logic, sharfin. even the great yao ming's effort in his homeland has drawn a nought. this is not to say that we should re-join our colleagues and slurp shark-fins at the dining table but...

it is the government's effort-case in point, Palau- that will bring about an end to this slaughter. not us, not on our keyboard.
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Post Number:#3  Postby Ian J » Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:07 am

Sadly it is not the folks that catch them that are the root of the problem. It is the affluent biggotted scum bags that create the demand by demanding it now that they have a few bucks to spare. Educate educate educate 
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Post Number:#4  Postby decimal86 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:14 am

sad to read Straits times a couple of days ago, couples are beginning to offer shark fin soup in their wedding dinner menu AGAIN! WTF happened? it dipped in 2009..then of late, the restaurants are noting that they are beginning to see more couples asking for it?

then of course the article continues to report that Singapore is handling US400 to US500 million worth of shark fin import/export a year!! holy sxxt! no wonder the spore govt keeping quiet....
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Post Number:#5  Postby decimal86 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:23 am

saw an episode of Gordon Ramsay-Shark Bait-and his effort to stop this carnage. very courageous and intimidating i must say considering his status in the culinary circles.

one word--Taiwan! needs to be reeled in. i have seen  2 documentaries now and both point a finger at Taiwan. their fishing fleet have sailed across the Pacific to harvest off the coast of south america. the 'law' requires that they land the shark before finning at the port (personally i think that is wrong already) but when Gordon saw the no. of fins in the bags and the number of sharks they brought back, the numbers do not tally. at the end of this episode, he could only get 4 London restaurants to remove shark fins from their menu.

but i think he has a point here, maybe the food channels on TV should be approached to champion this cause? the cooking celebs and the restaurants need to be coerced to sign-up. and the audience will get the picture.

the episode is here

http://bolt.org/board/showthread.php?t= ... shark+bait
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