Anti-shark finning campaigns
Hilton Hotels (January 2013)
Hilton Hotels are still serving shark fin dishes in their restaurants in the Far East. We think they should go 100% shark fin free. Take action.
Tell China Trust Hotels to stop selling shark fin soup (October 2011)
China Trust Hotels is a chain of 9 hotels in Taiwan, all of whom sell shark fin soup. Ask them to stop selling shark fin soup in their restaurants. Take action.
ICCAT Campaign - demand ACTION (November 2009)
ICCAT was set up to protect vulnerable fish species and maintain sustainable levels of fish stock but has failed miserably. READ MORE.
Protest shark fin wholesalers.
Protest at shark fin wholesalers in the USA, UK, Spain, Australia and other countries. Click here for more info.
Albertson's/Supervalu Campaign Update (21 July 2009)
As I described in my post on July 9th, Supervalu/Albertson's are selling shark meat at their stores. Oceanic Defense has been campaigning for the last few weeks on the Supervalu/Albertson's issue, and have been doing their best to get through to management, but so far without success.
Oceanic Defense has obtained the email addresses of the board of directors, and they are now launching another email campaign to contact these people and to demand that shark products no longer be sold at their stores.
Please take a couple of minutes to email these people:
Craig Herkert - Craig.Herkert@supervalu.com
You may also want to copy Stephanie
Martin (Stephanie.Martin@supervalu.com), who was the contact
for the initial phase of the campaign. I and several other
people received the same form letter from Stephanie which
did not address our concerns and showed no understanding
of the issue at stake. More information is posted here,
on the Oceanic Defense blog.
Albertsons/Supervalu (9 July 2009)
Oceanic Defense has launched a campaign against Albertson's/Supervalu because of their continued refusal to remove shark meat from their stores. Many sharks, including the thresher shark (being sold at Albertson's) are now considered by experts to be at risk of extinction; many sharks are on the IUCN red list of endangered species. More info here.
On the 9th July I sent an email to Stephanie Martin at Supervalu and quickly received the following form reply which showed no understanding at all of the issue and was an insult to my intelligence, and all those who, after all, are only trying to ensure the continued survival of a species. Please contact Stephanie Martin and ask her to get the company she works for to stop selling shark.
Is that the same email you send to everyone who writes in about a seafood "product"?
Don't you realise that all you do when you send an email like that is infuriate people?
Your actions speak louder than your words.
It is NOT about "animal welfare", it is about the EXTINCTION of a species that has been living on this planet for 400 million years.
Thank you for contacting us regarding seafood
sustainability. SUPERVALU’s goal is to provide our customers
with the widest variety and freshest selection of quality
products possible. Because seafood sustainability is an
important issue for SUPERVALU, we will continue to monitor
and ensure compliance of the vendor community with government
regulations, will support programs that are adopted as
industry standards, and will stay attuned to new technologies
that support the seafood industry.
Marine Bill Campaign, UK (19 May 2009)
Last week I was in London taking part
in a mass lobby of MPs at the House of Commons about the
Marine and Coastal Access Bill organised by 4 of the UK's
leading wildlife conservation groups. This is a landmark
piece of legislation that should be a real benefit to
marine life in British waters - it is the first time,
anywhere in the world, that such an ambitious law has
been proposed and fortunately it has cross-party support.
However, as with any law, the wording of the bill is extremely
important. Three specfic points have been highlighted
for ammendment before the bill becomes law:
The importance of this bill canot be overstated. The rest of the world is watching the UK on this issue. Hopefully other countries will follow the UK's example and pass bills which result in the creation of their own marine nature reserves. Conservationists and activists have been working towards this for many years, it is important that it is a success.
If you live in the UK, please write
a personal letter to your MP and let him/her know that
you support and care about the marine bill and that you
want it to be as effective as possible. Mention the areas
of the bill that need improvement. It's OK to send an
email but we were told at the lobby (by an MP) that personal
letters are much more effective. Find your local MP's
Even if you live outside the UK you
can help by writing to Mr Hilary Benn (Secretary of State
for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), his contact
details are here:
If you want to email him please use
this email address: Hilary.Benn@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Please help out with this campaign. If you only write one letter this year, do it for this campaign!
IEMANYA OCEANICA campaign to stop LAS VEGAS restaurant selling shark fin soup
IEMANYA OCEANICA are organising this letter writing campaign:
Thanks to a tip from one of our supporters,
we learned of the corporate decision made by the Las Vegas
Sands Corporation to offer shark fin soup on the menu
of their Jade Restaurant in the Palazzo Hotel. We jumped
to action and wrote a letter urging Mr. William Weidner
(President and Chief Operating Officer) to remove shark
fin soup from the menu. We have forwarded the message
to other NGOs asking them to support us in this cause.
Letter and email addresses are here.
UPDATE! This campaign has been successful and Las Vegas Sands Corporation are no longer going to offer shark fin soup on the menu! Thank you to everyone who took part and to the restaurant for taking a responsible stance on the issue of shark finning.
Your voice can help save sharks
Sobering scientific reports and long-term
pressure from Ocean Conservancy and others have led the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to propose dramatic
cuts in fishing for overfished Atlantic shark species
and improve the existing ban on shark finning - the wasteful
slicing off of a shark's valuable fins and discarding
the body at sea. The proposal is open for public comment
until mid-October. "Public support is essential to ensuring
that strong fishing limits are included in the final shark
plan and implemented before it's too late," said Sonja
Fordham, director of Ocean Conservancy's Shark Conservation
Program who serves on the NMFS shark advisory panel. To
learn more about the Atlantic shark proposals and how
you can voice your support for changes, visit:
Send an email indicating your support
for shark protection and requesting improvements on the
shark finning ban to:
Yahoo and Alibaba.
Alibaba trade in shark fins has now ceased as of January 1st 2009. Thank you to all who took part in the campaign.
Indonesia slaughters more sharks than any other country.
According to TRAFFIC, Indonesia was the biggest shark catching country in 2004 with 15% of the global total - that means Indonesian fishing vessels officially caught 122,000 tonnes of sharks - this figure is assumed to be vastly inferior to the actual amount due to underreporting of catches. Indonesia consumes high quantities of shark fin soup and the government has so far not taken any concrete measures to restrict the practice of shark finning.
Take action by sending a letter and an email to the Minister of Ocean Fisheries, asking that Indonesia introduces a total ban on shark finning.