Archive for December 2010

2011 Jim Abernethy’s victory at Sea.   Leave a comment

Jim Abernethy’s victory at Sea.

 We realize that Jim is not the only person sharing this Victory, all of us at Ocean Rehab Initiative and all of you who care about SHARKS are celebrating as well..!

Some great Jim Abernethy Shark pics are here

 By Matthew O. Berger IPS

WASHINGTON, Dec 22, 2010 (IPS) – The U.S. Congress banned shark finning in all U.S. waters Tuesday, a victory environmental advocates are hoping sends a message to international regulators.

The law will require all sharks caught in U.S. waters to be landed with their fins still naturally attached, outlawing the practice in which fishers cut off sharks’ fins – the most lucrative part of the animal – and dump the mutilated shark back into the water to sink and eventually die.

Demand for shark fins has been growing in recent decades due to the expansion of the middle-class in China, where the fins are used in soup.

Previously, the U.S. had finning restrictions in force for its Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters. This legislation extends that ban to the Pacific.

The bill had been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2009 but the Senate’s approval did not come until Monday. Tuesday, the House approved the Senate’s version.

The law does not ban the sale of shark fins in the U.S., but, according to Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group’s global shark conservation work, it “leaves the door open” for trade restrictions by the U.S. at some future point on countries that do not have comparable regulations on shark finning.

Between when the bill was first introduced in April 2008 and now, 145 million sharks have been killed, according to Pew Environment. Coupled with the fact that sharks are slow- growing and produce relatively few young since they mature later in life, this rate of harvest can be particularly harmful to shark populations.

Shark finning at sea allows fishing vessels to harvest many more fins at one time than they would be able to if they kept the rest of the shark carcass – and its usually much less valuable flesh – onboard. But the new U.S. law will prohibit U.S. vessels from having any shark fins on board that are not connected to the carcass, thus hopefully slowing the demise of shark populations and preventing what is seen as a cruel and wasteful practice.

Internationally, activists hope this law will propel the U.S. into a leadership position on shark conservation at international negotiations.

Rand said this policy gives the U.S. a mandate to push for similarly strong bans globally. “This is not only a federal policy but also mandates that the U.S. carries this torch to international negotiations and to other countries,” he said.
The new law caps a busy year for international shark conservation activists.  Studies have shown sharks to be worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in tourism, as opposed to tens of dollars when caught.

“We’ve finally realized that sharks are worth more alive than dead,” said Elizabeth Griffin Wilson, a marine scientist and fisheries campaign manager at the conservation group Oceana, in response to Tuesday’s U.S. legislation. “While shark fins and other shark products are valuable, the role sharks play in the marine ecosystem is priceless.”

Please sign our Clean Water Act petition for Florida.   Leave a comment

We decided that we needed to re-instate our On-line petition for Clean Water Act in Florida.

Fragile species on Florida's Reefs.

Just too much at stake these days in Florida. (like oil spills and accountability) Petition Site Link  <<<<<

Quote the petition as it appears: ”

  • Target: Florida Citizens, Tourism Industry, Florida Economy, Coral Reef, Divers, Fishermen, Coastal Citizen
  • Sponsored by: Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc,

Cleaner water for Florida is what we are after: now is the time to protect of health and future of Florida. With 27 known species of Harmful Algae, 7 of which are toxic/ yes deadly and have occurancy levels of 30% in certain non-turbid estuary locations and wetlands. Our States Economy is at stake here, starting with the Tourism Industry (Divers, Fishermen, Charters, Hotels, Theme Parks, Attractions, you name it.)
Please tell us its important to you that citizens have the right to the Clean Water Act in Florida.

After this past Election it seems uncertain for Florida’s Waters future. It was recently announced that Pam Bondi, DEP Michael Sole and the New Secretary of Agriculture Scott Putnam are in a lawsuit to sue the EPA for mandating that citizens have Clean Water assessability in Florida.Obviously we need a lot of signatures….! 🙂
Thanks,

William Djubin
President of Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc.

the Voices of John Pennekamp’s 50th Anniversary   Leave a comment

prelude to a great video.

Photo of the NOW, the future and the Mentor (Dr. Sylvia Earle)

Ambassadors Paula, Lilly and Sylvia Earle

Ambassadors Paula, Lilly and Sylvia Earle

50th Anniversary of John Pennekamp and Sylvia Earle   Leave a comment

50th Anniversary of John Pennekamp and Sylvia Earle

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/7447891/FL/Key-Largo/50th-Anniversary-of-John-Pennekamp-with-Sylvia-Earle/John-Pennekamp-Coral-Reef-State-Park

 

Christ of the Abyss ; Florida Keys

 

Christ of the Abyss; Florida Keys and John Pennekamp

Christ of the Abyss; Florida Keys and John Pennekamp

 

 Join Us this Saturday for a fantastic event.