Following a number of public engagement efforts, NOAA Fisheries today announced it is denying the Georgia Aquarium’s request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia for public display in the United States. NOAA Fisheries based the decision on requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
The MMPA allows marine mammals to be removed from the wild or imported for the purpose of public display, and provides a process for issuing permits. This is the first application for a permit to import recently caught wild marine mammals in more than 20 years.
Myth: Sharks are hungry man eaters looking for any chance to attack.
Fact: Sharks are not hunting humans. Most “attacks” on humans are mistakes due to poor water visibility or are inquisitive bites. This is why there are so many more bites than fatalities.
Myth: Sharks are all the same.
Fact: Shark species are incredibly diverse with very different sizes, shapes, habitats, diets and behaviors. There are approximately 500 shark species, but only three (white, tiger and bull) are responsible for the majority of all bites.
Myth: All sharks are voracious predators.
Myth: The only good shark is a dead shark.
Fact: Sharks play a vital role in keeping marine ecosystems balanced and healthy. Additionally, sharks help coastal economies through ecotourism. Many people are willing to pay large sums of money for the opportunity to dive with sharks.
Myth: If a shark attack has not occurred, it means they do not live in that area.
Fact: Sharks inhabit all of the world’s oceans – from inshore, coastal waters to the open, deep-blue sea – and some can even be found in freshwater rivers and lakes.
Myth: Sharks have walnut-sized brains.
Fact: Sharks can exhibit complex social behavior and some species can communicate with body language, live in groups and even hunt in packs. Sharks and rays have some of the largest brains among all fish, with brain-to-body ratios similar to birds and mammals.
Myth: All sharks must swim constantly.
Fact: While most sharks do need to swim continuously in order to pass water over their gills and breathe, some sharks are able to actively pump water over their gills while resting on the sea floor.
Myth: Shark fins grow back if they are cut off.
Fact: A finned shark thrown overboard will drown, bleed to death or be eaten by other sharks.
Myth: Shark fins are flavorsome, nutritious and offer medicinal properties.
Fact: Shark fins offer no flavor or nutritional value. In fact, as top predators, sharks accumulate contaminants from their prey, such as mercury, which has serious health effects even at low doses.
Myth: Sharks have no predators.
Fact: The greatest threat to sharks is HUMANS. Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins. We are disrupting the ocean ecosystem by killing too many sharks.
In an attempt to bully us into silence, Marineland has launched 2 SLAPP suits against whistleblowers for disclosing abuse at the park. We need your help.
There is about 9 hours left to raise just under $4000 for the Marineland Whistleblowers. Any amount helps. And if you can’t donate, PLEASE share and spread the word!
You say you want to raise funds, but where were you months ago when the fundraising was needed. Why create the group after the money for the ex trainers has already been raised? (not that I've seen any actual fundraising on the OM page yet). No one is asking you to stop raising awareness or saying that two pages can't fight for the same cause, but you should be a little smarter and respectful with the way you go about these things and not potentially ruin years of hard work by others.
We decided to fundraise for the whistleblowers because the feeling was so close and not everyone stepped up. We are using OM to build a new platform for donations, instead of an event page. Phil states on the indiegogo that this case will indeed cost more money than raised and we fully intend on offering as much aid as we can to this ongoing effort.That’s what we are all about, the whistleblowers fundraising.
Please read this.
That fundraising page that I saw somebody question on a post: that is personal fundraising. That was never posted on the group’s facebook page, nor will we ever post personal fundraising for our own benefit. I don’t know why people keep bringing that up, it has NOTHING to do with this. Nothing whatsoever. So leave it alone. People raise funds all the time to get somewhere, Taiji being a major example.
The Occupy Marineland page never associated with M.A.D. and certainly are not trying to take anything away from M.A.D.’s efforts. Everyone is fighting the same fight, I’m not sure why people from one group feel the need to attack another for simply wanting to help. And especially on a personal level. That’s low and uncalled for. (bringing it back to that fundraising page I saw posted on here.)
I’ve seen people on here saying Fins and Fluke were being rude and disrespectful. Let me clear something up: We were/are not being rude OR disrespectful. We started the Occupy Marineland page for one reason: to help the whistleblowers raise money for their legal fees. That is our agenda. The money does not go through us, it goes directly to the whistleblowers. I don’t know why we are being perceived as rude and disrespectful when we clearly stated multiple times what we were doing when we were asked. We had loads of people coming at us and attacking us for what reason? Why can’t there be more than one group raising awareness on the issues? The more people, the better. Isn’t that logical? There are many marine conservation organizations, and they work just fine in harmony. We offered our help to anyone that needs it, but instead we got treated with disrespect by some people.
We are not trying to ruin the efforts of any other group and we won’t be bullied into giving up our efforts. If you have anything further to say about this, please send it to my inbox and we can talk about it privately.
Modern fishing vessels catch staggering amounts of unwanted fish and other marine life. It’s estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of the total global catch is discarded, cast overboard either dead or dying. That’s up to 27 million tonnes of fish thrown out each year — the equivalent of 600 fully-laden Titanics. And the victims aren’t just fish. Every year, an estimated 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die entangled in fishing nets, along with thousands of critically-endangered sea turtles.
All modern forms of commercial fishing produce bycatch, but shrimp trawling is by far the most destructive: it is responsible for a third of the world’s bycatch, while producing only 2% of all seafood.
Shrimp (and many deep-sea fish) are caught using a fishing method called bottom trawling, which usually involves dragging a net between two trawl doors weighing several tons each across the ocean bed. This has a destructive impact on seabed communities, particularly on fragile deep water coral – a vital part of the marine ecosystem that scientists are just beginning to understand. The effect of bottom trawling on the seafloor has been compared to forest clear-cutting, and the damage it causes can be seen from space. The UN Secretary General reported in 2006 that 95 percent of damage to seamount ecosystems worldwide is caused by deep sea bottom trawling.
Marineland Canada is one of Ontario’s most popular tourist attractions. Until Phil Demers, a Marineland senior trainer, went public (via the Toronto Star) with how Marineland treats its animals, no one really knew about the horrific conditions in which those animals live and die. You can find the Star’s extensive investigation series into what goes on behind-the-scenes at Marineland here. http://www.thestar.com/topic.ng-m-a-r-marineland.html
In response to Demer’s actions, Marineland and its owner, John Holer, fired and sued Christine Santos, who happens to be Demers’ girlfriend. And now Demers has been sued as well, AND he has been threatened with additional legal action as well. Demers and Santos now face crippling legal bills, just to defend themselves, and financial ruin if they can’t muster a legal defense.
What can you do to help?Please share! There are 12 days left to reach this goal. Any amount will help. If you cannot donate, please consider sharing with everyone you know.Thank you!
Please continue to share this around. An incredible $24,114 of the $25,000 has been raised so far with 10 days left. Any amount will help!