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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.

Let’s not let Canada continue this stalemate for another year.
 
Canada’s own government science shows that even with no fishing porbeagles will take decades to recover. Yet, Canada continues to allow fishing that will push the recovery time to more than 100 years. This is not an acceptable risk for a shark that has been listed as ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Canada’s own Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The porbeagle spends much of its time in Canadian waters. What Canada does matters to the future of this shark. 
 
Fishing for porbeagle has been banned in European Union waters and the Mediterranean. November is a still some time away, but the same propsal will be tabled at this year’s ICCAT and once again presents the chance to ensure porbeagles are not fished anywhere in the Atlantic. 

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!

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