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Do you ever wonder why there are not many sharks left in the world?

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by Dan, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    it is banned in 12 states.

    Shark fin is banned in 12 U.S. states—but it's still on the menu
     
  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    @Tarponchick - you are very wrong in your 50 year old suspicion - we learnt a lesson and protected species and fisheries from the 70s onwards and have huge marine stewardship programs and major consumer and community awareness programs.

    Hence why we have so many big sharks. Hence why you can lose your house for offences against fisheries legislation. Hence why restaurants and supermarkets are obligated to detail origin and in most cases method of catching fish. Our major supermarket chains give me the option of buying pole caught wild tuna from Esperance or farmed salmon from Tasmania if I choose...and there's a tiny cheap crappy selection of Vietnamese caught prawns or farmed basa fillets way down the end most Aussies keep away from. We've done some good things with sustainability of fisheries...no one complains if we have a one day per year an abalone season except new migrants who walk away with a fine anyway....the beaches are lined with fisheries inspectors on the day or days ab season is open. Sure we're not perfect and we screwed up badly with a species 50 years ago but there's a lot of improvements and an entire mindset change worth googling.
     
  4. mac64

    mac64 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Without an international will to stop them we’re helpless. They sit of in international waters.

     
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  5. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Nothing will change until couple of their ships are sunk.
     
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  6. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Sorry if I hurt your feelings but this is simple supply and demand shifting. Fish farming became popular not because consimers of sea food are concerned but because fishing stocks are depleted and can't keep up with the growing demand anymore. Will fish farming save the wild fish in the oceans? I don't know but I am pessimistic, especially when it comes to bigger fish that grow slowly and are easy to hunt.
     
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  7. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    You didn't hurt my feelings lol - just letting you know how far we've come and how seafood consumption has changed in Aus - this TV series exposed some dodgy practices and some resounding successes - well worth a watch How much do we really know about where our seafood comes from?

    Australian Seafood Overview · Be Informed · Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide This link and associated paper and social media advertising plus the current foodie movement are so well known I've even got the app on my phone - I don't buy fish anymore but if I'm buying for my mum I can use the app to basically know the fishes name was Bruce, he was born in Geraldton but resided most of his life in Exmouth and his hobbies were swimming and birdwatching and his favourite food was squid. :rofl3:
     
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  8. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Like these boats



     
  9. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Although I don't disagree with their punishment (assuming that there was a fair trail) they really should be doing the burning on land. There are a lot of toxins in those boats, and you don't want to release them into the ocean.
     
  10. MrBigfins

    MrBigfins ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This video made me nauseous.
     

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