trynottodrown:

Japanese kill 30 whales after ICC ruling
Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic.
The Fisheries Agency on Friday said a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales during the April-June season as part of Japan’s northwestern Pacific research hunt.
Another group of whalers is still at work in a more distant area of the Pacific.
The northwestern Pacific hunt is one of two research whaling programs that Japan has conducted since a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling.
In March, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s Antarctic whaling program was not scientific as Japan had claimed and must stop.
Japan has suspended next season’s Antarctic hunt but is seeking to revise and resume it.
During the 2013-14 season, Japan caught 251 minke whales in the Antarctic, or just a quarter of its target, and 224 others in the northern Pacific program.
Japan has slashed the Pacific catch target by nearly half - to about 210 - for this year.
The court said Japan’s Antarctic research program produced little actual research and failed to explain why it needed to kill so many whales for the study.
The ruling left Japan the option of retooling its Antarctic program, but any new plan is likely to face intense scrutiny.

trynottodrown:

Japanese kill 30 whales after ICC ruling

Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic.

The Fisheries Agency on Friday said a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales during the April-June season as part of Japan’s northwestern Pacific research hunt.

Another group of whalers is still at work in a more distant area of the Pacific.

The northwestern Pacific hunt is one of two research whaling programs that Japan has conducted since a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling.

In March, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s Antarctic whaling program was not scientific as Japan had claimed and must stop.

Japan has suspended next season’s Antarctic hunt but is seeking to revise and resume it.

During the 2013-14 season, Japan caught 251 minke whales in the Antarctic, or just a quarter of its target, and 224 others in the northern Pacific program.

Japan has slashed the Pacific catch target by nearly half - to about 210 - for this year.

The court said Japan’s Antarctic research program produced little actual research and failed to explain why it needed to kill so many whales for the study.

The ruling left Japan the option of retooling its Antarctic program, but any new plan is likely to face intense scrutiny.

reblogged 2 months ago @ 10 Jul 2014 with 131 notes via/source
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betheirvoiceseathechange:

SIGN TO STOP THE FIREWORKS AT SEAWORLD IN THE SUMMER.

Fireworks are not something that acoustically sensitive marine mammals like orcas need to be hearing every night this summer. A widespread majority of animals don’t enjoy fireworks (think about your dog!) and there are also many humans that don’t appreciate them either. One of our friends is a young veteran who served more than a few tours in the Middle East over the past few years - he suffered from PTSD and was highly disturbed by anything resembling gunfire, so much that he couldn’t sleep at night.

Fireworks are not a necessity and are harmful to animals and humans alike. Please sign and share!

reblogged 2 months ago @ 10 Jul 2014 with 77 notes via/source

0ceanspirit:

http://www.marketbroiler.com/menu.pdf

Seeing shark served on the menu is concerning for a lot of reasons, but here are just a few:

-It is estimated that between 73-100 million sharks are killed each year.

-90% of shark populations are gone due to over fishing and shark finning, and as apex predators of the sea, that means trouble for us. Sharks keep a very delicate eco-system in balance.

-Sharks contain high levels of mercury, which is very unhealthy for consumption. Recently, 9 people in Madagascar died from consuming shark. More than 100 more people were reported to be hospitalized after consuming shark, with symptoms comparing to what could be mercury poisoning. (http://www.africareview.com/News/Madagascar-Nine-die-after-eating-shark-meat/-/979180/2078984/-/36vej0/-/index.html

What’s on the menu?

Thresher species:
Alopias pelagicus (Pelagic Thresher, Thresher Shark, Whiptail Shark)-
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/161597/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.

Alopias superciliosus (Bigeye Thresher Shark, False Thresher) - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/161696/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.

Alopias vulpinus (Common Thresher Shark)- http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39339/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.

Mako species:
Isurus oxyrinchus (Shortfin Mako) - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39341/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.

Isurus paucus (Longfin Mako)- http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/60225/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.

The reason for the concern with these species of shark being served on the menu is because they are listed on the IUCN Redlist as vulnerable. Sharks are threatened every day by shark finning, over fishing and are targeted by long-liners. There are so many sustainable options for a seafood restaurant, and shark of any species is not one of them. For the health of the oceans and humans alike, taking shark off of the menu would be a step in the right direction.

Please sign and share! 

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Please sign and share! 

reblogged 2 months ago @ 10 Jul 2014 with 57 notes via/source

Huge win for the whales!

posted 5 months ago @ 31 Mar 2014 with 8 notes
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oceanaware:

Please sign and share this petition! Market Broiler is serving shark, Thresher or Mako.

All three species of Thresher and both species of Mako are listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable. Their population trend is decreasing due to over-exploitation. 

Not only are these sharks at risk, but human health is at risk as well. Sharks contain some of the highest levels of mercury, making it dangerous for consumption. 

From the NRDC:

Once in the human body, mercury acts as a neurotoxin, interfering with the brain and nervous system.

Exposure to mercury can be particularly hazardous for pregnant women and small children. During the first several years of life, a child’s brain is still developing and rapidly absorbing nutrients. Even in low doses, mercury may affect a child’s development, delaying walking and talking, shortening attention span and causing learning disabilities. Less frequent, high dose prenatal and infant exposures to mercury can cause mental retardation, cerebral palsy, deafness and blindness.

In adults, mercury poisoning can adversely affect fertility and blood pressure regulation and can cause memory loss, tremors, vision loss and numbness of the fingers and toes. A growing body of evidence suggests that exposure to mercury may also lead to heart disease.

Please sign and share!

Don’t forget to sign and share, please! 

reblogged 6 months ago @ 26 Feb 2014 with 24 notes via/source
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Please sign and share this petition! Market Broiler is serving shark, Thresher or Mako.

All three species of Thresher and both species of Mako are listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable. Their population trend is decreasing due to over-exploitation. 

Not only are these sharks at risk, but human health is at risk as well. Sharks contain some of the highest levels of mercury, making it dangerous for consumption. 

From the NRDC:

Once in the human body, mercury acts as a neurotoxin, interfering with the brain and nervous system.

Exposure to mercury can be particularly hazardous for pregnant women and small children. During the first several years of life, a child’s brain is still developing and rapidly absorbing nutrients. Even in low doses, mercury may affect a child’s development, delaying walking and talking, shortening attention span and causing learning disabilities. Less frequent, high dose prenatal and infant exposures to mercury can cause mental retardation, cerebral palsy, deafness and blindness.

In adults, mercury poisoning can adversely affect fertility and blood pressure regulation and can cause memory loss, tremors, vision loss and numbness of the fingers and toes. A growing body of evidence suggests that exposure to mercury may also lead to heart disease.

Please sign and share!

posted 7 months ago @ 16 Feb 2014 with 24 notes
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sea-shepherd:

January 6, 2014
Sea Shepherd Drives Whaling Fleet Into Disarray  and Out of the Antarctic Treaty Zone

On Monday January 6 at 1650 AEDT, after a 360-mile chase, The Sea Shepherd Fleet drove the Japanese whaling fleet’s factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, out of the Antarctic Treaty Zone.
Sea Shepherd has all ships in the Japanese whaling fleet accounted for, and can confirm that the whale poaching fleet is scattered and currently not hunting whales. The harpoon ships are separated by hundreds of miles. The Nisshin Maru is on the run and unable to stop and whale in its self-designated whale-poaching grounds.
The Japanese whaling fleet was escorted across 60° S and past the northern limit of the Antarctic Treaty Zone by the Sea Shepherd ships The Sam Simon, The Steve Irwin andThe Steve Irwin’s helicopter.
The three Sea Shepherd ships are still in the Southern Ocean and will continue patrols. Should the Nisshin Maru attempt to return to the whaling grounds, Sea Shepherd will be ready to once again intercept and shut down their illegal whaling operations.
Captain of The Steve Irwin, Siddarth Chakravarty said, “This is an optimistic start to Operation Relentless. Within a day-and-a-half we have the entire whaling fleet in disarray.”
Captain of The Sam Simon, Adam Meyersonsaid, “We have won this battle, but the war for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary will wage on over the coming months.”

sea-shepherd:

January 6, 2014

Sea Shepherd Drives Whaling Fleet Into Disarray  and Out of the Antarctic Treaty Zone

On Monday January 6 at 1650 AEDT, after a 360-mile chase, The Sea Shepherd Fleet drove the Japanese whaling fleet’s factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, out of the Antarctic Treaty Zone.

Sea Shepherd has all ships in the Japanese whaling fleet accounted for, and can confirm that the whale poaching fleet is scattered and currently not hunting whales. The harpoon ships are separated by hundreds of miles. The Nisshin Maru is on the run and unable to stop and whale in its self-designated whale-poaching grounds.

The Japanese whaling fleet was escorted across 60° S and past the northern limit of the Antarctic Treaty Zone by the Sea Shepherd ships The Sam SimonThe Steve Irwin andThe Steve Irwin’s helicopter.

The three Sea Shepherd ships are still in the Southern Ocean and will continue patrols. Should the Nisshin Maru attempt to return to the whaling grounds, Sea Shepherd will be ready to once again intercept and shut down their illegal whaling operations.

Captain of The Steve Irwin, Siddarth Chakravarty said, “This is an optimistic start to Operation Relentless. Within a day-and-a-half we have the entire whaling fleet in disarray.”

Captain of The Sam Simon, Adam Meyersonsaid, “We have won this battle, but the war for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary will wage on over the coming months.”

reblogged 8 months ago @ 06 Jan 2014 with 45 notes via/source
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If you can’t donate, please share this with your friends and family. The Fins and Fluke team appreciates your help!

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jmventre:

Legend Willie Nelson cancels his SeaWorld concert due to the way the company treats its animals. Just announced on CNN 12/6/13

This is incredible. Way to go, Willie!

reblogged 9 months ago @ 06 Dec 2013 with 117 notes via/source