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We come back to you today about the protection of the sharks in French Polynesia ; the shark fining is continuing.
A diveshop in the Tuamotu's archipelago closed some months ago under the pressures and the death threats.
A law has been prepared in 2004 but was never voted, because of the local politic problems.
Some days ago a new President and a new Government have been elected, so we start a new action.
You will find below a letter to the Presidence
You have just to print it, to complete and to send it to the Tahiti Presidence.
With your help we hope that the sharks could continue to live without peril of death in the polynesian waters.
Stop the slaughter !!!
Thousands of sharks are slaughtered everyday. Poachers cutting off their fins before throwing them back in the ocean as they are still alive… Their agony will last.
Can we let this horrible practice destroy our earth’s aquatic environment?
Sharks are essential predators for the under water food chain.
The French Polynesian government must take an official stand in protecting our natural heritage.
If you’re not indifferent to this cause, sign the petition by Clicking here
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SAY NO TO SHARK SLAUGHTERING IN POLYNESIA!
HELP US IN OUR FIGHT BY SIGHNING THIS ELECTRONIC PETITION:
The GIE diving through the intermediary of its president, Didier Alpini officially handed over petitions regarding the protection of sharks in Polynesia.
There were 3250 petitions collected by the Longitude 181 association and 1250 local petitions.
For numerous years the debate on protecting sharks in Polynesia exists, and up to now the text propositions aiming to protect them had been refused systematically.
Today, a first step of common sense is making its way, but it is necessary to remain very prudent… We are far from the creation of a marine sanctuary dedicated to the ecotourism...
Here is where today’s situation stands:
There are interdepartmental meetings because 3 ministries are concerned: Fishing, Environment, and Finance.
The customs office is assigned in elaborating the texts and is well advanced in the process. Texts should only come out in the next two months because many points remain to be specified. In the present state, the text doesn't forbid the fishing but only the marketing of the sharks by products. It is obvious that it is difficult to forbid the fishing because the catches are accidental and only concern sharks caught in long liner nets. It is necessary to find a compromise in order for fishermen’s not to be wrongfully accused when pulling up their catch.
The solution would move toward prohibiting the holds of shark catches and to release those alive and still in state to swim at sea. It is necessary to use the appropriate terms in order to stop those malignant poachers, who would find loopholes in the system, from continuing the traffic.
Otherwise the ministry of Environment is very positive and the file is followed very closely, even if the administrative slowness is in reality more pronounced under our latitudes.
If you’re interested you may contact Didier at 77.60.01 or by email: [email protected] .
PERSONALITIES AND ORGANISMS SUPPORTING THE PROJECT
GIE TAHITI DIVING
François SARANO (Doctor in Oceanography, Former diver and scientific adviser for Commander Cousteau)
http://www.sharkproject.com/ (in English and German)