Day 319 5/10/14: 4th Grader to Obama: Save the Sharks!

(Re-blogged from White Shark Interest Group–Please sign and share! )

I am Anusha- a 4th grader from Texas. I am doing a project on raising awareness of shark protection among school children and working to stop the shark finning trade. Finally, after a lot of research, I started this petition to save sharks.

Please take time to sign this petition and please circulate it in your circles.

Thank you.

Here is the petition:

Hello friends, I, am doing a project on awareness and education on endangered sharks and wants to really take this big step to bring this change in all the schools. Please sign this petition and help me reach my goal to help the sharks worldwide. I believe that EVERY KID CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Thank you!  Anusha

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Day 292: 4/14/14: Chinese Billionaire Named “Shark Guardian”

images-3After so much sad stuff about the shark cull and drum lines in Australia, it’s nice to read this inspiring story about four  Chinese businessmen who fought to get shark fin soup off the menu at government banquets.

Day 224 2/4/14: 25% of Sharks & Rays Near Extinction

Day 224 2/4/14: 25% of Sharks & Rays Near Extinction

Overfishing. Finning. Sport fishing. Shark culls.

Please take action any way you can. Write letters. Host a viewing party for the documentary “Sharkwater,” organize a fundraiser. Give a lecture. Use the talents & gifts unique to you to make a difference for the oceans and the animals. Their fate is our fate.

Day 216 1/26/14: Urgent Action: Keep Shark Fin Bans Strong!

smoothhoundMaryland is proposing exceptions to the “landed with fins intact” law, weakening existing shark fin bans by allowing fishermen to remove the fins of smoothhound sharks at sea. The smoothhound exception could spell the beginning of the end of shark protection in the state.

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources is taking comments TODAY only.

Please take action here. It will require less than five minutes. And please share!

Thanks to Southern Fried Science and shark hero Sarah Mucha for the alert.

Day 157 11/29/13: Sea Shepherd’s Shark-Saving New Film

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s true. Sharks could be extinct in 30 years.

Some populations may disappear within a decade.

For the last three years, Sea Shepherd has been working on a documentary in collaboration with the union of environmental lawyers in Latin America to help educate the environmental legal community. This film is the first of its kind designed to educate and inspire environmental prosecutors.We need to not only to create tougher shark finning laws, but to make sure that they’re enforced. We need to keep marine sanctuaries safe from illegal finning and get tougher convictions for ocean-related crimes.

This is is such a good cause, and you can be a part of it for as little as $1.00!

Day 118 10/21/13: Sea Fragments

School passed in a blur of dangling modifiers, wordy and mixed constructions and about twenty-four recitations of sea poems by Frost, Baudelaire, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore and that time-traveling favorite “Anonymous.” One student recited a poem I had memorized and recited in 1979, John Masefield’s “Sea Fever.” It is amazing to me that I remember even a fragment of a stanza of “Sea Fever,” since I can’t remember what I had for lunch–but certain phrases whip and twist around my head like ghost nets. Simple juxtapositions–“the lonely sea and the sky,” and the hurried feeling (then & now) of “a gray mist on the sea’s face and a gray dawn breaking.”

I could tell which students connected to the specifics (the curve of a shell) or believed, as Marianne Moore believed that the sea is “a grave.”

The language of effective conservation has to include poetry, science and humor. It has to become a lasting and permanent force inside us, not something we dutifully digest and regurgitate in slogans–although I spotted the words MORE BIRTH LESS EARTH spray painted on the side of rusted bridge over the 101 Freeway, about 20 years ago. It’s stuck with me as stubbornly as any poetic fragment.

P.S. I hope it’s true that demand for shark fin has declined 50-70% in China.

John Masefield, Hampstead, January 1st, 1913.

John Masefield, Hampstead, January 1st, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day 25: 7/20/2013: Cast a Vote for Sharks

I have to admit, the nominees for Oceana’s Ocean Hero awards make my efforts feel more than a little bit hodge-podge and patchwork!  All of them–adults and children alike– are doing important work for the ocean, but here is a roundup of my new shark gurus:

Yale grad student Leah Meth helped win protections for sharks and rays at CITES with her creative and incredibly successful Shark Stanley Project.

Dr. Neil  Hammerschlag’s shark tagging program at the University of Miami gives at-risk high school students an opportunity to experience “full immersion” shark research.

8-year-old shark lover Sean Lesniak helped create a bill in the Massachusetts state legislature that would impose stiffer penalties on shark finning.

You can vote for candidates in both the junior and adult categories here.

The deadline is July 26.