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Update From The Road: Shark Finning
By Jason Heller, November 27, 2007 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

Just a quick update from the road ... After a week of rain and foul weather, the sky finally cleared up and we hit the water. As we continue our exploration of the unknown reefs and marine ecosystems of Guatemala, which otherwise has been a lot of fun and very productive, we came across a gruesome find - a shark processing facility.

Hundreds of sharks are hauled in daily. At least they land the entire animal. But we did watch as they hacked off the prized fins and separated them from the lesser valued meat. The main issue is the size of the sharks, which indicate that thousands of these beautiful young creatures are being pulled from the waters before reaching reproductive maturity.

We are working closely with scientists and pioneers in the Guatemalan dive industry and will be featuring a detailed story on this upon our return. Stay tuned...

 

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Marcus J. Lyng
Nov 28, 2007 7:01 PM
Marcus J. Lyng wrote:
Let me know who was doing this and you can count on my support for getting this stoped.
Marcus
Jason Heller
Nov 30, 2007 3:11 PM
Jason Heller wrote:
Marcus - Glad to have more help! We are about to blow the lid on these guys. That's 140,000 young Thresher sharks per year just from this one facility. Are you in Guatemala? Please email me (jason@divephotoguide.com)
Beth and Shaun Tierney
Dec 5, 2007 10:51 AM
Beth and Shaun Tierney wrote:
Jason, heartbreaking image. Keep us all informed as to whether there is some pressure that can be applied, Beth
David R. Kearnes
Dec 5, 2007 11:29 AM
David R. Kearnes wrote:
why is there an ad for shark jaws and teeth on ebay on this page?
Jason Heller
Dec 5, 2007 12:36 PM
Jason Heller wrote:
We'll be running a big story on this with many more images and video.

Diverdave thanks for the heads up on that! I just noticed that the google ads on the left are pulling in totally inappropraite ads. I will figure out how to fix that. Unfortunately google deems them relevant - what a world we live in! I am actually in the process of writing an article for a marketing publication about this type of mis-targeting from google 'contextual' ad system, and will use this as a prime example. We should also all email ebay and ask them not to allow shark parts to be sold on the site! They were very helpful in removing shark fin soup products last year. Thanks for the heads up again!
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