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1000 Kids Pledge to Save Sharks in Hong Kong

July 9, 2011 The 1000 Kids, One Message! project brought together shark loving kids and a distinguished list of ocean heroes at the Cyberport in Hong Kong for a special pledge – “I am the future! I won’t eat shark fins!” It’s hoped that the children’s message from the hot zone of the shark fin trade will echo loud and clear through national and international media, as nation after nation bans the brutal and unsustainable practice of shark finning.  The underlying premise of the project is clear – children are the future. The Ocean Geographic Society is calling on kids around the world to step up as the next generation of young ambassadors for sharks.  Kids attending this event have been officially named Shark Ambassadors.…
Posted in Benita Chick, David Doubilet, Elizabeth Quat, Hong Kong, Michael AW, SEAlliance, Shark, Shark Fin Soup, Sylvia Earle Foundation |

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Kroger Sets 2015 Goal for Certified Sustainable Seafood

National grocery chain Kroger (NYSE: KR) will stop selling marlin, shark and bluefin tuna – all endangered – under an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and will work with the non-profit organization to develop a strategy for responsibly-sourced wild seafood. WWF will assist Kroger in assessing current sourcing of the company’s top 20 wild-caught seafood species in order to develop a sustainable seafood sourcing strategy. The goal is to sell only seafood from certified sources by 2015. The grocer is pulling marlin, shark and bluefin tuna from its cases completely in an effort to preserve these over-fished species. WWF said it will help Kroger lead the discussion with the company’s source fisheries to improve practices across the supply chain and encourage these fisheries to pursue higher sustainability standards in the trade and harvesting of seafood.…
Posted in bluefin tuna, endangered species, marlin, Shark, sustainable seafood |

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Cuba: Jardines de la Reina Marine Nature Park

Jardines de la Reina, or the Queen’s Gardens, is the biggest Marine Nature Park in the Caribbean. It was named by Christopher Columbus for Queen Isabel of Spain and is located about 50 miles south of the mainland of Cuba; 80 miles north of Cayman Brace, in the middle of a 150 mile long mangrove and coral island system. This system forms what some people say is the third largest barrier reef in the world. Jardines de la Reina covers about 2,200 sq kilometers of ocean habitat, which means there is no commercial fishing in this area and the number of inhabitants is zero. One of the most amazing things about this park is that it sees no more than 400 divers a year!…
Posted in Cuba, deep search, Marine Protection, Shark, sylvia earle |

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