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San Francisco non profit Shark Stewards combine with New Zealand Sailors at the America’s Cup to protect sharks

Concurrent with the America’s Cup -currently lead by Team New Zealand-Air Emirates, the title sponsor of the Team New Zealand Americas Cup effort has announced they will no longer ship shark fin as cargo. This is a major advancement towards reducing the destruction of shark populations and welcomed by the New Zealand Shark Alliance, represented in the US by Shark Stewards.
“The racing is the best ever and the Team New Zealand Team has excelled in sailing with three out of four matches on the water.” said David McGuire, Director of Shark Stewards a San Francisco and leader in the shark conservation movement. “We are confident that the best sailors will do their best to excel bot on the race course and for protecting the most swift and the most crafty beneath the waters: the sharks.  We are working with the Air Emirates New Zealand Team to speak out for sharks and support the New Zealand Shark Protection Regulations.”
It is time for the New Zealand Government to ban shark finning in our waters, said the New Zealand Shark Alliance today.

“It is a senseless waste to be killing sharks just for their fins and dumping their bodies. The Government needs to do the right thing and stop this happening in New Zealand,” says Milena Palka WWF-NZ Marine Species Advocate.
The Government is about to release its National Plan for Action on Sharks for public consultation. It will set out a plan for sharks for the next five years, and Ms Palka says it is crucial that it commits to a ban on shark finning.
Shark Awareness Week starts today, it will feature a series of events that focus on the vital role sharks play in maintaining the healthy balance of the world’s oceans, the need for improved shark conservation in New Zealand, including a ban on shark finning.
A massive mural is currently being painted by street artists BMD in central Wellington to highlight the issue. It will be approximately 50m long and 6m high, and will feature the estimated 190 sharks that die every minute. It is located on on Cable Street (on the car park wall across from Waitangi Park.)
“Sharks often make the headlines for the wrong reasons. However, rather than being a threat many species of shark are under threat themselves,”
Around the world about 270,000 sharks are killed every day – many just for their fins. This practice has been banned by almost 100 countries and states but is still legal in New Zealand.
“That’s got to stop. Globally, shark finning is threatening the survival of many species of shark. It is time for New Zealand to catch up, and show that it really is clean and green,” added Ms Palka.
Shark Awareness Week is being organised by the New Zealand Shark Alliance – a coalition of organisations that are working together to promote awareness of sharks and the need to end shark finning. As well as public talks there will be hands on activities and singer Jamie McDell will swim with the Sharks at Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium, in Auckland.
Katrina Subedar, Forest & Bird Marine Conservation Advocate says, “Shark Awareness Week is a great opportunity for people to learn more about all the sharks that call New Zealand home.
“We have a series of events aimed at raising awareness of sharks, and the research that is happening here to learn to better manage and protect sharks living in our waters,” says Ms Subedar.
The New Zealand Shark Alliance is made up of Greenpeace, Forest & Bird, WWF, ECO, Sea Shepard Our Seas Our Future, White Shark Conservation Trust, New Zealand Underwater, Shark Fin Free Auckland, ITM Fishing show, Kelly Tarlton’s, and Earthrace.
A full schedule of Shark Awareness Week events is available at www.nzsharkalliance.org.nz/Events.html.

 

WWF New Zealand Fuseworks September 9, 2013, 5:25 am

It is time for the New Zealand Government to ban shark finning in our waters, said the New Zealand Shark Alliance today.

“It is a senseless waste to be killing sharks just for their fins and dumping their bodies. The Government needs to do the right thing and stop this happening in New Zealand,” says Milena Palka WWF-NZ Marine Species Advocate.
The Government is about to release its National Plan for Action on Sharks for public consultation. It will set out a plan for sharks for the next five years, and Ms Palka says it is crucial that it commits to a ban on shark finning.
Shark Awareness Week starts today, it will feature a series of events that focus on the vital role sharks play in maintaining the healthy balance of the world’s oceans, the need for improved shark conservation in New Zealand, including a ban on shark finning.
A massive mural is currently being painted by street artists BMD in central Wellington to highlight the issue. It will be approximately 50m long and 6m high, and will feature the estimated 190 sharks that die every minute. It is located on on Cable Street (on the car park wall across from Waitangi Park.)
“Sharks often make the headlines for the wrong reasons. However, rather than being a threat many species of shark are under threat themselves,”
Around the world about 270,000 sharks are killed every day – many just for their fins. This practice has been banned by almost 100 countries and states but is still legal in New Zealand.
“That’s got to stop. Globally, shark finningPalka.
Shark Awareness Week is being organised by the New Zealand Shark Alliance – a coalition of organisations that are working together to promote awareness of sharks and the need to end shark finning. As well as public talks there will be hands on activities and singer Jamie McDell will swim with the Sharks at Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium, in Auckland.
Katrina Subedar, Forest & Bird Marine Conservation Advocate says, “Shark Awareness Week is a great opportunity for people to learn more about all the sharks that call New Zealand home.
“We have a series of events aimed at raising awareness of sharks, and the research that is happening here to learn to better manage and protect sharks living in our waters,” says Ms Subedar.
The New Zealand Shark Alliance is made up of Greenpeace, Forest & Bird, WWF, ECO, Sea Shepard Our Seas Our Future, White Shark Conservation Trust, New Zealand Underwater, Shark Fin Free Auckland, ITM Fishing show, Kelly Tarlton’s, and Earthrace.
A full schedule of Shark Awareness Week events is available at www.nzsharkalliance.org.nz/Events.html.

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