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Bahamas Sharks Need You
By Sandrah Gurash, October 25, 2010 @ 04:00 PM (EST)
Source: care2 petitionsite

Bahamian dive master, Cristina Zenato, and Bahamian conservationist, Pedro Baranda, have brought together both Bahamian and international environmental activist groups for the purpose of convincing Bahamian authorities to provide permanent protection for sharks in Bahamian waters.  The petition goal is 25,000 signatures.  The group currently has just over 20,000. 



Target: Bahamas Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources

Sponsored by: Cristina Zenato, Pedro Baranda

Every year, up to 73 million sharks are slaughtered for their fins, meat, cartilage, liver and skin. And 30% of shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction. 

In the Bahamas, sharks bring in ecotourism and are treasured members of the ecosystem. Yet even in this tropical paradise that took the strong step to ban longline gear 15 years ago, more could be done. 

Two Bahamians, dive master Cristina Zenato and conservationist Pedro Baranda, have joined forces with local Bahamian and international environmental groups including The Bahamas Humane Society, The Bahamas National Trust, EARTHCARE, Friends of the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), reEarth and the Pew Environment Group to support shark conservation in the Bahamas. 

n style="font-size: small;">Tell Bahamian authorities to put in place permanent protection for the sharks of the Bahamas before it's too late.





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