💔🦈 fins belong on sharks, not in soup. update via @candace.crespi: “over the last few decades shark populations have declined tremendously, with one of the leading causes being bycatch. the term ‘bycatch’ is used for fish caught unintentionally in a fishery that is designated to catch other fish. one one of the worst offenders? gillnets - large net walls that hang vertically in the water column. floats line the top of the net, while weights line the bottom. it is made of transparent monofilament line, so fish and other animals are unable to see it. fishermen vary the mesh size of the net holes depending on the size of the species they want to capture. they are designed to be large enough for the head of the fish to pass through it, but not its body. as a result, when fish swim into the net they are entangeld by their gills. hence the name. these death nets from a small coastal fishery off the island of arguni in west papua are what led to the demise of the sharks whose fins you see here. but this is just the tip of the iceberg: approximately 50 million sharks are caught globally as bycatch each year. 💔🦈
until recently, shark bycatch was considered a nuisance and sharks were cut loose and disposed of overboard, sometimes still alive. however, as shark fins have become increasingly valuable, there is little incentive to take measures to reduce shark bycatch. it is easier, and more profitable, to cut off the fins and discard the bodies at sea. if it wasn’t for the valuable fins, these sharks would probably not be retained!
so what’s the solution? education, alternative fishing methods/gear, and enforcement. thanks to the efforts of the @conservationid teams in west papua, i have hope we can turn things around here. but we must act quickly! when the buying stops, the killing can, too.” #savesharks#worthmorealive#provinsikonservasi#racingextinction#sharkfin
There are only approximately 10k remaining on earth. this is 93% lower than their population numbers during the middle of the 20th century. @greatwhaledoc is shedding light on the serious issue of blue whales and ship strikes. with your help, we can make sure their population rebounds for generations to come! 🐋💙
learn more about the project here >> bit.ly/greatwhaledoc
😡 some 1,500 tonnes of whale meat and related whale products were sent to japan last saturday, mbl reports.
“the ship carrying the meat set sail from hafnarfjörður last saturday, and is reportedly taking the northeast route, meaning the ship will be traveling through the arctic sea. not everything that was hunted over the summer was sent to japan; there is still plenty of whale meat in frozen storage in iceland.
146 whales were hunted by hvalur hf., iceland’s last fin whaling company, during the summer whaling season. this includes not only 144 fin whales, but two blue-fin hybrids.
as reported, the killing of a blue-fin hybrid sparked outrage from around the world. hunting endangered blue whales is flat-out illegal, even by icelandic law. any company that killed a blue whale would have their operations grounded immediately, and it could result in additional penalties.
inexplicably, though, hunting a hybrid of a blue and another whale is perfectly legal by icelandic law, even if the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (@cites ) expressly forbids the practice.
whether or not hvalur hf. will still be in operation next year remains to be seen.” #stopicelandwhaling#stopthehunt#worthmorealive#racingextinction
Update from the field via ops campaign director @candace.crespi: “we are uniquely positioned at a critical moment in time to play a decisive role in the adoption of sweeping protections for west papua, indonesia – the most biodiverse region on earth, much of which is completely unexplored.
in 2015, the provincial governor of west papua established the groundwork to create the world’s first ‘conservation province,’ or provinsi konservasi, managed to ensure the long-term environmental heath of the entire region. right now, critical legislation is on the table that would bring this vision into reality.
1) establishing comprehensive ecosystem-based marine and terrestrial protected areas and other zoning protections from ridge to reef;
2) enacting regulations and oversight to achieve sustainable development practices across all industries; and,
3) empowering communities to control & protect crucial community resources.
passage would set west papua on course to become the new gold-standard for regional conservation and sustainable development, and create a blueprint for conservation initiatives that protect earth’s most critical ecosystems. without the passage of this new legislation, this vision will likely fade and ultimately be lost. the final vote on this critical bill will be held in december of 2018.
we are headed into our fifth show on the provinsi konservasi tour, which we have been working on the film and strategy for almost three years. this campaign will play a vitally important role in the drive to adopt the legislation, to build lasting support for the provinsi konservasi initiative across the province, and ultimately achieve the initiative’s lofty goal: the long-term protection of west papua. thank you for following along on our journey - together we can #protectwestpapua.” ✊🏽🇮🇩💙
photo by @shawnheinrichs@bluespherefoundation#papuabarat#provinsikonservasi#turningthetide
From president of @whalesanctuaryproject dr. lori marino: we’ve known for a long time that whales and dolphins are intelligent and socially complex animals with large brains that are organized differently from our own.
and we’ve known that the neocortex of a whale or dolphin brain has more folds than ours. all those folds mean that the surface area is greater and therefore may have more units to process information.
but recently, when we used a special imaging technique to study the brain of a dolphin (who had died naturally), we were astonished by what we learned. read more - link in story.
An important message from west papua via @shawnheinrichs: “hi friends. i want to take a moment to say thank you for the support you’ve given to the team and i over the years. 🙏 i am beyond grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organizations and individuals who believe in the power of media to inspire real change.
if we are going to save the oceans, i mean really save the oceans, we must inspire the other 99% of the planet, people who have no connection to the sea, to care and act! we only protect what we love!” #provinsikonservasi#indonesianoceanpride#turningthetide#racingextinction#bethechange
As you may know, a member of our team is on the ground in west papua supporting the work of @bluespherefoundation and @conservationid on their provinsi konservasi film and media tour. but what does the #provinsikonservasi initiative entail exactly?
in 2015, the provincial governor of west papua declared the entire region as indonesia’s first conservation province. the declaration is uniquely farsighted in its intent to 1) establish comprehensive ecosystem based protections, 2) establish sustainable development practices across all industries, and 3) empower local communities to control and protect vital community resources. @conservationorg is leading the charge for conservation in west papua and have worked closely with the provincial government to draft new legislation formalizing the governor’s declaration. it has the potential to bring about ridge-to-reef conservation of west papua, setting a new gold-standard for regional conservation and sustainable development and creating a blueprint for conservation initiatives that protect earth’s most critical ecosystems – but only if the initiative is well implemented. and implementation will require new sustainable industries. ✊🏽🇮🇩 #protectwestpapua#papuabarat@shawnheinrichs@sea_legacy
Provinsi konservasi has the potential to bring about ridge-to-reef conservation of west papua, setting a new gold-standard for regional conservation and sustainable development and creating a blueprint for conservation initiatives that protect earth’s most critical ecosystems. 💙🌏 our team at @oceanicpreservationsociety is honored to join @bluespherefoundation and @conservationorg on this important film and media tour to #protectwestpapua. we are halfway through and it’s been such a success! swipe up in our story to learn more. #provinsikonservasi#papuabarat
A film that truly should not be missed! thank you, rob for everything you did and are still doing to save these precious animals. 🙏💙🦈
・・・ #repost@shawnheinrichs some heroes are real. rob was certainly one of them. #sharkwaterextinction will be playing in canadian theaters starting on october 19th. @teamsharkwater