Spiny Dog Fish Hunt (No Comments)

tn_spiny_dogfish_shark_andy_murchDear Abandon Fear,

I wanted to write to you about a magazine article I read from Canadian Geographic called the Great Green Shark Hunt about British Colombia’s spiny dog fish population.

In the article they are claiming that there is a sustainable shark fishing within the spiny dog fish population. They are calling the spiny dog fish the first sustainable or “Green Shark” as they call it, this is very untrue the sharks take up to 30 years to reach sexual maturity, they have roughly a 2 year pregnancy, resulting in the live birth of 12 pups, and takes another 2 years to be able to have pups again, the other amazing thing is they can live to be 100.

The thing that is ticking me off is the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification on British Colombia raises the possibility of a new local market for Spiny dog fish fins!!! This is promoting the slaughter of the shark. Even though the B.C fisheries claim that they use all of the shark and just don’t fin them and throw them back, that a good thing in a sense but thief still killing an unsustainable resource, and promoting the selling of shark products.

I wanted to write to you because I know that Rob Stewart could make a difference In this matter by letting people know, like he did with Sharkwater. I’m hoping he could share this on his twitter and facebook page so we can get the word out on this matter.

By my understanding and what I know about the Spiny Dog Fish they cannot be a sustainable species by any means at all.

Even though I don’t live in B.C but the other coast in N.S I just can’t stand to know that there is going to be the collapse and slaughter of such a beautiful animal.

P.S
I am the same girl that emailed you about the tickets to see Rob in Halifax to see the screening of Revolution. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go, but I read Robs Save the Humans book and loved it! So I will impatiently wait until earth day 2013 to see the movie. Oh and one other thing . . . Please tell Rob that he is my hero, and that I want his job.

Thank you so much please help me save the Spiny Dog Fish.

Shaelene

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