The justification put forward by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to kill 400 endangered goliath groupers to study their stomach contents and determine what they eat is as absurd as the justifications made by Japanese whalers claiming they must kill thousands of whales under the guise of research.
With the knowledge we have today these types of justifications are just simple inexcusable. When it comes to protecting highly threatened species that are just barely showing signs of recovery, we MUST draw a line and hold our management bodies to a higher standard.
Please TAKE ACTION - here's how you can help:
-If you're in FLORIDA please attend one of the many public workshops throughout in August and October.
Every year, up to 73 million sharks are killed for their fins, threatening one-third of open ocean sharks with extinction.
Finning is incredibly inhumane, as the sharks are typically thrown back into the water to drown. Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate, and if they go extinct the ecological consequences would be devastating. As an apex predator, sharks hold the oceans in balance and their extinction would have significant effects on every species below them.
The practice of finning was brought to light by Rob Stewart, a Canadian biologist and filmmaker who dedicated his life to the conservation of sharks and our oceans. Since the release of his award winning documentary Sharkwater in 2006, many states and muni...