The sharks of Guam need your help! Bill number 44-31, which would make selling or possessing shark fins illegal in Guam, was just introduced by members of the Senate. The Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the bill next Tuesday night Guam time, which is Monday night our time.
This bill is expected to face strong opposition from the fishing industry, which has a powerful voice. However, you can help! You send a letter in support of this policy to Shark Defenders, and they will make sure that it gets into the right hands. Many of the letters will be read out loud as testimony, and receiving a large number of letters in support of the law will be a big help!
Please send these letters to Info AT SharkDefenders DOT com by Monday afternoon U.S. East Coast time (sooner would be better).
Shark Defenders requests that all letters include the following information:
“1. Your name.
2. Where you live.
3. Who you are and what you do.
4. Your reason for wanting to protect sharks.
5. A request to “please pass Bill No. 44-31 with no weakening amendments.”
6. Why not finish your letter saying something nice about Guam and the Pacific?”
They also list several possible reasons to support the law, though you are free to include whatever reason you want. Here are the suggestions:
“1. The IUCN Shark Specialist Group has found that 1/3 of all shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction. Another 50% of species do not have enough data to determine their conservation status.
2. Sharks are slow growing, mature late, and produce few young, and biologically are not able to adapt to modern fishing pressures.
3. Sharks have been the ocean’s top predators for 400 millions years, but only in the last 50 have they become prey. Removing predators from ecosystems has cascading effects on lower trophic levels.
4. The practice of shark finning is inhumane and wasteful. It is like cutting down a coconut tree to get a single coconut.
5. Sharks are cool! As a society we’ve stopped killing the big predators on land, the biggest fish in the sea deserve the same protections.
6. Or maybe you have your own reason for wanting to protect sharks?”
Letters should be in the following format:
Honorable Rory J. Respicio
155 Hesler St.
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
January 25, 2010
Dear Senator Respicio:
-Reasons for supporting the bill
-“Please pass Bill 44-31 with no weakening ammendments”
Please take a few minutes to compose and send a letter, and please tell your friends!
As a territory of the U.S., why isn’t Guam held to the shark-finning restriction/ban law that the U.S. passed in the not-so-lame duck session? Is this a further restriction on shark finning?
The US Shark Conservation Act will apply to Guam. That bans removing shark fins at sea (but you still can on shore).
This bill, similar to the one that passed in Hawaii last year, is stronger. It makes it illegal to posses or sell shark fins at all.
Done: Shark Finning Ban now CNMI Law
This is actually separate from the CNMI law. For once there are actually multiple shark conservation laws being proposed simultaneously. We have until Monday to submit comments for Guam’s 44-31.
La sauvegarde des requins est la sauvegarde de l’espèce humaine dans son ensemble comme tout ce qui concerne le règne animal. Sauvons la planète en préservant sa faune dans son entiereté
Je suis d’accord!
We should only be killing animals through necessity, not greed. We are blessed with so many rare & wonderful creatures from all ends of the world. But we do little to protect them. Lets save these wonderful creatures from extinction, so that future generations get to marvel about them also.
for the sake of our beautiful earth,
for its struggle towards all change humans are conscious or not of,
please let us restrain the harm
and keep living as is manage its ecosystem,
Add my name as a supporter. Sharks have a vital part to play in the ecology of the ocean.
Sharks have been the ocean’s top predators for 400 millions years, but only in the last 50 have they become prey. Removing predators from ecosystems has cascading effects on lower trophic levels.
Sigh… we go through this every time I post something asking people to send a letter in support of a shark conservation law.
People, commenting on an online news story about a shark conservation law is not the same thing as actually sending testimony to the relevant authorities.
I appreciate the enthusiasm, but please read the post for instructions on how to get your comments into the right hands.
Great work well done!
We are trying to prepare a white paper to persuade the Malaysian Government to amend the wildlife law to protect sharks. The copy of the Guam bill is great as a reference – does anyone have a copy of the bills or the subsequent laws for Hawaii, Palau or the Maldives.
please send to
borneo2008-sa at yahoo dot com
I´m Renata from São Paulo Brazil.
How can I help you save the sharks?
I have many friends in Japan and now I´m helping to divulge dolphins in Taiji Japan, The Cove.
Oi Renata, aqui é o Luciano (Kanazawa). Com vai? Me mande um e-mail no [email protected].