Hector's push to protect porbeagles... AGAIN
Canada has the power to save Hector's endangered friend and we won't be ignored!
Porbeagle sharks are one of the most endangered sharks in the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1961, their population has declined by up to 88%. Yet, for 3 years in a row, Canada has stood in front of 47 other countries to defend its right to keep fishing this endangered shark.
Canada is now the only country on the Atlantic ocean directly targeting this shark and is allowing thousands to be caught as ‘bycatch’ in fisheries for other fish.
For the last three years, Canada has single-handedly blocked the adoption of a proposal to stop all fishing for the porbeagle shark in the Atlantic Ocean at the annual international fisheries management meeting for the Atlantic – ICCAT, the International Committee for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
Before last year's ICCAT meeting, 20,000 people signed a petition to Canada’s Fisheries Minister asking her to join the international consensus and protect the porbeagle, Canada’s shark. Their requests were ignored; Canada blocked the proposal causing a breakdown of negotiations and still no formal response has been made to the thousands of letters sent on the subject.
We must remind Canada’s Fisheries Minister the world is still watching – it’s time for Canada to do its part. Stop risking the recovery of this endangered shark.
View the petition below and follow me on Facebook for updates on how you can help me convince Canada to protect my porbeagle pals!