Oct 12

Finning, sharks and Ted Williams

Yeah, I kind of like this, both the story and the idea of stopping shark finning.  Here is a bit of the story, relating directly to bonefish.

“You see all dat black,” says Moxey casually. “Dat’s all bonefishes. Stay in the boat till the tide fall.” The black is the shadows cast by the iridescent-silver fish. They’re being pushed from deep water by at least 200 lemon sharks. Geysers erupt all around us. Dark dorsal fins and golden backs cleave the flat at appalling speed, sending bonefish into the air like welding sparks. I can’t stand the wait.

I’ve been on flats in Andros with sharks circling (but not 200) and I swam with sharks in Belize. I love sharks and I understand that apex predators are important.

According to the best data, fins from 26 million to 73 million sharks are annually traded on the global market.

A leopard shark from the Bay, and my girl.

Oct 10

Shark Free Marinas

I could get behind this… Shark Free Marina’s sounds like a good idea.  Basically, it lets folks know that your marina doesn’t support the harvest of sharks.

Therefore, the Guy Harvey Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, and various other organizations have teamed up with the Shark-Free Marina Initiative (SFMI) for a singular, historic purpose: to reduce worldwide shark mortality. SFMI certifies sport fishing and resort marinas as ʻShark-Freeʼ thereby prohibiting any shark from being landed at their dock. The SFMI team is being advised by Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of Shark Research at the Mote Marine Laboratory and John Le Coq, co-founder of Fishpond USA.

via Fly Rod and Reel’s Blogs: Conservation – 2010 October – Shark Free Marinas – by Ted Williams.