Monday, 30 September 2013

Hi guys!

Oh my goodness! Has is really been that long since I posted? Apologies as yes, it actually HAS been that long since I posted! Been through exams and a really busy and stressful few weeks!
Well seen as I'm here now I may as well tell what i plan to do in order to keep your attention.
I quite like the idea of reusing posts and giving them a bit of a revamp as I learn more about them, and seen as this was my favourite post to write and the one that received me the most attention and got me a mention at NZ Seaweek launch, (even if the lady did say my name wrong and get what college I was from wrong) I'll start with this one; my post on shark fining!

Shark fining is basically the practise of catching a shark, cutting off its fins and then if you want, you can legally, (yes legally) dump the carcass back into the sea. Where it falls dead or dying, lacking the physical ability to move. This Practise means about 98% of the shark is wasted.

Shark fining has increased in recent years because of the increase in demand for the fins to make things like shark fin soup in Aisan countries. The actual shark meat isn't economical as it takes up room in the hold and can also contaminate other fish. So just fins are taken, and are put into soup that can fetch $100 a bowl.

Out of sight: Traders have begun airing the fins on the of this industrial building following a public outcry over them being scattered on pavements
These fins were being dried on a roof because there was too much public outcry drying them in the street .... As is happening below.
Hacked off: Fins cut from live sharks litter a street in Hong Kong ahead of being made into the sought-after broth
To see the full affect of the above picture, check out the video below.
Shark fining is a global issue. Although most of the shark fins are consumed in China and the Far East, many countries contribute to the killing of the sharks. Shark fining isn't banned in New Zealand.
A shark body is dumped over the side
In the 2010/11 season 73,000 Porbeagle Sharks were landed in New Zealand waters. Yet these are slow reproducing sharks and their stock numbers are not known for NZ waters.
Sharks play a vital part in any ecosystem, they prey upon sea creatures, but given the chance, these sea creatures could overrun and destroy the habitat, with out sharks numbers of fish would rise, needing more food articles and area, meaning they will desecrate that area, like how Crayfish are needed to keep Kina Barrens at bay in NZ waters. Fish produce must faster than sharks and removing the sharks will only result in overpopulation of fish and the smaller fish wont service because of the lack of food. The sharks are needed to balance everything out, just like whales or Dolphins. They play their respective part in maintaining a healthy environment.
It is proven that sharks can live in harmony with other sea creatures, the Great Barrier Reef is a thriving Eco-system, home to 80 species of sharks.
Shark numbers have fallen dramatically in the past few years. New Zealand waters alone are home to 112 shark species but our QMS only covers 11 of them. Some may be protected, like the Great White, but that number is no where near the majority of the remaining 101 species not covered by the QMS.
This video is amazing, this boy says it like it is! hector on shark fining....
Couldn't work out how to put it here, but please go check it out!
Shark fining is a barbaric and wasteful practise in which only 2% of the shark is harvested, the remaining is dumped back into the ocean. Sharks play a vital part in the marine environment and by desecrating their numbers, we are also desecrating our environment and thus desecrating our life, as humans.
Please check out some of the awesome sites below to find out more about shark fining,
Feel free to comment on anything,
And to anyone here from MAD, Shout out!!!
Nadine :D

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