Excuse Me Waiter, But There’s an Endangered Species in My Bowl of Soup!
Would you eat a bowl of soup if you knew that is was made with minced endangered species? What about if it was also packed full with neurotoxins that can cause degenerative brain disease? Still hungry?
This is the case when it comes to shark fin soup, primarily a Chinese delicacy. The soup itself has no color, taste, or smell and requires addition of chicken, beef, or pork broth to add flavor. However, the cartilage from the shark fin provides texture to the soup. So, why consume it? Because it is a cultural sign of wealth and traditionally consumed at celebratory events including weddings.
Recent shark activity in both, local and Australian waters have bought Great White Sharks into the spotlight once again. Unfortunately when this happens it is almost always bad publicity for the Great White Shark, the backlash in Australia to a shark attack which resulted in a call for the killing of the Great White Shark that was responsible has prompted this article by Chris and Monique Fallows. Chris Fallows has been interacting with Great White Sharks for decades and in the name of research has gotten himself remarkably close on several occasions to these surprisingly accommodating predators. Read more about Chris’ experiences when interacting with the sharks in their territory.
R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD)
The R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD) at the University of Miami is to conserve our oceans by combining cutting edge research and educational outreach activities. Through RJD, we will explore the planet’s final frontier using hands-on field and virtual learning experiences. Whether online or on board our boats, join us and help save our oceans for generations to come by ‘Making Waves.’
RJD continues to conduct research that generates critical information for implementing ocean conservation strategies; however, uniquely RJD provides high school, undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to participate in exciting hands-on field experiences. The Program exposes students and teachers to the importance of oceans in their daily lives through virtual expeditions, online high school curriculum, webinars and online workshops.
Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in the Americas and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance.
The Shark Conservation Society
"In 2008 Richard Peirce Shark Conservation became The Shark Conservation Society (SCS). In the ten years of its existence the Society has achieved some remarkable results in the areas of shark conservation and awareness. SCS concentrates on running research and filming expeditions to areas of the world where little or no shark work has been done. The Society is made up entirely of volunteers and has run twelve expeditions since 2003. Many of the volunteers have been on several expeditions and as such the Society is now able to deploy fully trained teams into the field wherever they may be required. SCS work in the Gulf involved the discovery of species new to the area, and ground breaking conservation legislation. SCS work off Cornwall secured the first free swimming footage of Porbeagle sharks anywhere in the world, and SCS deployed the first tags on Porbeagles on the eastern side of the Atlantic which led to the publication of a scientific paper. SCS work in the Mediterranean has included assisting with enabling White shark protective legislation, and the collection of data resulting in the publication of Blue shark papers.
The Society has helped with the production of various powerful conservation films including Porbeagles in Peril, The Search for White sharks in the Mediterranean, Sharks in British Seas, and Shark Attack Britain.
Shark Trust chairman Richard Peirce is also the founder and current chairman of SCS and his wife Jacqui is deputy chair. Richard commented. "Nowadays there are loads of people around the world doing really good shark conservation work. Fifteen years ago when I started there were very few of us, and one of the reasons that SCS is so successful is that we don't try to do the easy or the obvious. We succeed because we are working in places where work has not been done before and this will continue to be at the core of our philosophy. Our mission statement is The Shark Conservation Society seeks to further conservation through research expeditions and campaigns based on fact and practical experience, and to promote best practice when interaction with sharks is necessary.
AILERONS, the Association Ichtyologique pour L’Etude la Recherche et l’Observation dans la Nature des Sélaciens, is a French non-governmental organization founded in May 2006 by the marine biologist and French member of the Mediterranean Shark Research Group, Nicolas ZIANI. The organisation is located in Montpellier (Hérault), Southern France. AILERONS aims to study sharks and rays for their conservation and the education of the people about sharks' ecological importance and the urgent need for global shark conservation. The primary goal is to study shark and ray populations in the French Mediterranean in order to participate in their conservation.
Oceans Artists Society
Protect the Sharks (Holland)
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