During a time when "Australia links organised crime to illegal fishing", claiming that species such as sharks are particularly vulnerable to the pressures of organized crime backed efforts to fullfill demand, the Queensland, Australia Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries is creating a dedicated shark fishery of their own.
A disturbing new proposal may establish a dedicated shark fin fishery within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and other marine parks in Queensland, Australia.
Shark Savers has also posted a petition that we urge you to sign, which helps protest:
- Licensed shark fishing in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The
Great Barrier Reef is a delicate ecosystem and one of the world’s most
important marine protected areas. Shark fishing should be off-limits
within the entire Great Barrier Reef area because sharks are critical
to a healthy reef ecosystem.
- Creation of a dedicated shark fishing industry. There
is no reason to believe that establishing new licenses for shark
fishing will result in improved sustainability in the absence of
- A non-enforceable catch 'trigger' of 700 tons of sharks. The
700 tons 'trigger' matches the current level of catch, does not reflect
scientifically determined levels of sustainability, and is not a true
'ceiling'. Reaching the catch trigger will not stop further shark
fishing, but merely triggers a 'review'. Serious restrictions are
warranted, such as a firm catch limit and enforcement.
- Fishing for threatened or endangered shark species. Only 4 species are protected by this proposal while 28 Australian shark species are listed by the IUCN's Red List or Australia's EPBC as endangered or threatened. To allow fishing of 24 species that are nearing extinction is by definition unsustainable and irresponsible.
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