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Give Sharks a Fighting Chance

Wednesday July 20, 2011

Mention the ‘S’ word and one thing for sure you’ll get a mixed bag of reactions.

The truth is however that sharks are amazing creatures and the highlight of many a holiday for diving and snorkelling guests of Tokoriki Island Resort.

Species likely to be seen on dive trips from Tokoriki include Black Tip Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Pacific Nurse Sharks and Grey Reefs.

None of these species are aggressive; none are threatening to human beings…yet all are facing a possible future of eradication from our planet.

Imagine a world without sharks – they’ve been on the planet since the dinosaurs…still don’t care…well consider this:

Sharks are the apex predator of the reef. So what exactly does this mean? Well, in a nutshell they weed out the dying, diseased fish of the reef, allowing all fish to maintain a healthy gene pool for future generations. Get rid of sharks and everything beneath them in the food chain is affected.

Shark populations are devastated by overexploitation, including targeted fishing, bycatch and finning.

Together with Project AWARE we would like you to gain the attention of policymakers worldwide.

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by Earth’s most dangerous predators – humans. Too many of them fall victim to the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning – the act of removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark overboard. As Asian demand for fins remains strong, markets for shark meat are growing, helping to push shark species to the brink.

Please sign this petition (you can be anonymous) to place all species of shark on the CITES endangered list: meaning that all shark species are protected.

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