Shark Death: A Waste of Life (7 Comments)

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Good Morning Friends,

I need your help please! I am trying to stop the needless shark killing here in my home town. Although this has happened many times at this marina, it was the first time I was in town to catch it, thank god!

Please click here and vote for the video so this needless killing of an endangered scalloped hammerhead shark, will have more impact! If enough people vote it may go to national news which means more support for stopping the needless slaughter of these beautiful creatures that are so vital to the health of our oceans!

Feel free to post this everywhere! Below is the actual story with images! Thank you for your help!

At this moment I am very sad to say that the fisherman that did this will not be penalized in anyway, because of a interpretation of the law that makes no sense to me what so ever! If you need to reach me, email is best!  Many of you know me very well and know that because I live at sea, swimming with these beautiful creatures everyday year round, I see this the horrific act the same way most people would look at your pet dog, left on a cart to die and bake in the sun, as if no one gives a dam! I do give a dam and I hope you do to! Please make this count and make a difference! This type of behavior infuriates me and needs to be stopped! Thanks so much for your help!

Save The Sharks,

Jim

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures, Inc

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Today I received a report of another needless killing of an endangered animal

at the Sailfish Marina.

When I got to the marina, I found a 9 foot female scalloped hammerhead shark — possibly pregnant — laying abandoned on the dock in the sun.  The dock attendants informed me that this shark — this endangered animal — was brought in by the Capt. John Krohn on the Boomerang, a 43 foot sport fishing vessel.  Capt. Krohn had already left the marina.

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Sharks like this scalloped hammerhead have existed in our oceans for hundreds of millions of years and are absolutely vital to maintaining the health of our oceans.  But hammerheads have declined by over 80%  in the past thirty years.**

They’re being driven closer and closer to extinction because of commercial fishing to their fins, and also because of careless and wasteful practices like what we’ve seen today.   Sharks don’t spawn millions of eggs like other fish — they give birth to a small number of live young, like mammals.  This makes them extremely vulnerable and when their populations are depleted, they can’t recover.

What would compel someone to kill this beautiful and endangered animal for absolutely no good reason?

1. Scalloped hammerheads are endangered animals.  The are listed on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species as “Endangered” which is defined as “Very High Risk of Extinction”.

100823-081804-37322Killing a large, potentially pregnant, mature female like this one is especially damaging.  There are only a small number of these mature females left andthey should be protected in order to sustain and rebuild the current population.

2. Sharks of this size are not suitable for consumption because of the high levels of mercury and other toxins that accumulate in their bodies.  The FL Dept of Health publication “Your Guide to Eating Fish Caught in Florida” states with regard to sharks:

All coastal waters, Shark, all species 43 inches or more: Do Not Eat

It’s obvious that no one intended to eat this shark anyway since Capt. Krohn of the Boomerang left the dead shark lying in the sun on the dock.

3. It’s also illegal to killa fish that you are not going to eat. This is called willful and wonton waste of wildlife and it is prohibited under Florida statute.

Fl Statues 379.2421

Fishers and equipment; regulation.

— (4) RETURN OF FISH TO WATER.—All persons taking food fish from any of the waters of this state by use of seines, nets, or other fishing devices and not using any of such fish because of size or other reasons shall immediately release and return such fish alive to the water from which taken and no such fish may be placed or deposited on any bank, shore, beach or other place out of the water.

What would compel someone tokill this beautiful and endangered animal for absolutely no good reason?

4 The reason might be to push a potential sale with a taxidermist for a possible mount as a trophy for the wall. It is a well known fact that thecaptains get a commission from the taxidermist for the sale. The dead animal is often used as a lever to push the sale so it will not be viewed as a total waste! It is also well known fact that taxiidermist no longer use any part of the animal. They just measure it and make a fiberglass replica from previous mounts!

They’re being driven closer and closer to extinction because of commercial fishing to their fins, and also because of careless and wasteful practices like what we’ve seen today.   Sharks don’t spawn millions of eggs like other fish — they give birth toa small number of live young, like mammals.  This makes them extremely vulnerable and when their populations are depleted, they can’t recover.

Hammerheads need to have legal protection from all fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is going to consider adding hammerheads to the Prohibited Species List this year.  I’m thrilled that they’ve recognized the need to protect these animals and hope to see this regulation passed soon.

But Florida is just one state.  These animals desperately need Federal and International protection as well!!

** Stock Assessment of Scalloped Hammerheads in the Western North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico – Christopher G. Hayes, Yan Jiao, Enric Cortes – North American Journal of Fisheries Management – 29:1406-1417, 2009.  “The present study is the first species-specific assessment of scalloped hammerheads in the western North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and it synthesizes all available data.” P. 1407

“The level of population depletion (relative to 1981) found in the present study (83%) is similar to that found by Baum et al. (2003), who estimated an 89% decline in the western North Atlantic Ocean population of scalloped hammerheads during 1986–2000, based on pelagic longline logbook data.” P. 1415

7 Responses to “Shark Death: A Waste of Life”

    1. Marysia Nieciecka September 9th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

      Jim,
      What a beautiful creature just lying there to die. I am so saddened by the greed and wastefulness of humanity. When will it stop? Thank you for caring enough to take this picture and making us more aware of this. I do give a damn too!!

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    1. Jess January 15th, 2011 at 12:58 am

      This is just so sad. How can anyone kill such beautiful creatures? How can people be ok with knowingly driving a species into extinction? I just don’t get it.

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