February 02, 2021
While I appreciate these types of articles that remind us how bad the state of our ecosystems are, even better yet would be include immediate action steps available to the common person. Perhaps, links to various organizations needing funds to restore ailing coral reefs? Or links to organizations that are cracking down on illegal fishing practices in the Indian Ocean, for example? Or, for those who live on the coast, links to programs and organizations that clean beaches and remove Ocean debris from shallows and reefs.
This type of article is really not that shocking…it is actually surprising there are still that many sharks. What we need is ACTION. The author states “If we don’t do anything, it will be too late.” True, so demand action and others will join you.
As a reefer I have always been a strong proponent of a 1-2$ tax (or a %) on every captive coral purchased with 80%+ of the profits being redistributed into supporting coral reef health and recovery. If you are in the hobby and have had the privilege to observe a majestic ecosystem in your living room, you should be eager to do anything possible to ensure the health and longevity of wild coral reefs, and understand the importance of such a delicate ecosystem.
February 03, 2021
I am not surprised since, black market for shark fins are very active.China and Japan and many other nations should be forced to stop doing illegal fishing and killing animals just for their own satisfaction. This is so selfish and arrogant.
February 07, 2021
Thanks for your message, Peca. The issue you bring up is a reality. But, realize that shark deaths are also the result of bycatch. In other words, none selective fishing practices. If you eat marine fish and are not purchasing the product from reputable sources you may be inadvertently funding these unethical fishing practices. So, it’s easy to cast blame on another culture (and I agree that the practice should be stopped), but we all need to reanalyse the decisions we make as consumers since the consumer has the power to implement change if we all ban together.