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Stop Killing Our Sharks, Stop Shark Finning

11 Dec 2014 Written by 

 

Thursday 11th December 2014shark fins

Prince William has sharply denounced the rapid growth of illegal wildlife trading worldwide but praised Air New Zealand for leading the way in refusing to ship shark fins on its planes. Citing statistics from Interpol, the international police organization, William said recent seizures of illegal wildlife products were the largest the agency has seen. Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks starve to death, or are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if sharks are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian “delicacy”. Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Estimates of the global value of the shark fin trade range from US$540 million to US$1.2 billion a year.

This is something that has to stop, please while you are on holiday or even at home if you see restaurants serving and displaying shark please, please, please DO NOT eat there as this will only encourage this kind of behaviour. Koh Taos most popular dive site Chumphon Pinnacle used to be famous for its sharks, 4-5 years ago I could honestly with my hand on my heart promise my divers that we would see at least one shark if not more when we would dive there, I would even go as far as to say if we did not see any sharks I would buy the whole boat a beer- I never bought beer because we always saw them. Now we only really have sightings around Shark Bay and Liem Thain Bay. Save the Sharks Save the World!

The island is getting pretty busy right now on the lead up to Christmas so if you want to go diving with us we strongly recommend that you book online to save disappointment of not having any accommodation. We start courses every day, so whether you want to learn how to dive and do your Open Water course or if you are already certified and would like to further your diving education with the Advanced or Rescue or even your Divemaster course you can start when you like. If you would like to just go fun diving as a certified diver we have 2 dives every morning and 2 dives every day that you can sign up for with our Divemasters. Night dives are also available upon request. So what are you waiting for send us and email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and come and join us for Christmas

 

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