Clocking in at an amazing 1313k – extra amazing for a shark on a bicycle- I made it to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) headquarters in the heart of London’s financial district. Wow – cycling in rush hour London traffic felt only slightly less dangerous than swimming around surface longline fishing gear.
I can’t believe I’ll be arriving in London in just one week! I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to share my ‘shark tales’ from the road, so I hope you’ve been checking the waypoints on my blog map for photos and snippets of my experiences riding a bicycle through Spain and France.
After a week of cycling in Spain, it is time to bid a fond adios!
I’ve had a pretty adventurous life for a blue shark- everything from participating in International fisheries meetings in Paris last year to narrowly escaping a hook from a swordfish longline. But getting on a bicycle in Gijon, Spain, and hitting the long road to London, England has to be the wildest experience yet!
Hola Amigos! After a long and stormy trip across the Atlantic, I have finally arrived in beautiful Spain.
Hola Friends! I’m currently making my way across the wide Atlantic Ocean at a clip of almost 40 kilometers an hour.
The frenzy over Discovery Channel ‘Shark Week’ sweeps North American television stations beamed to television sets around the world offers an excellent opportunity to consider the plight of sharks in Canadian waters. Here in Canada we are lucky enough to host some of the most rare and unique sharks. Every year the basking shark comes into our waters. This slow moving filter feeding shark is more akin to a whale growing up to 12 meters, the second largest shark in the world. Canada is also home to one of the world’s smallest shark – the spiny dogfish and an arctic shark, the Greenland shark. Most people are surprised to find out that 28 species of shark spend at least part of their lives in our cold waters. This surprise is often followed by fear.
Happy World Oceans Day Everyone!
Over the past months, we have sent hundreds of letters in support of shark and sea turtle protection, and it seems like we are making an impact!
Just as I feared, the certification of the Canadian swordfish longline fleet has set a precedent and opened the door for MSC to give their eco-check mark to yet another harmful surface longline fleet. Now an American swordfish fleet off Florida has been assessed as sustainable – the public comment period has opened. This is deplorable. Another fishery killing sea turtles is going to be sold with the MSC label and they have used the assessment on the Canadian swordfish fleet as a reference to speed up the process.
Sorry MSC, we’re not stopping yet! MSC has responded to our letters already with an email from CEO Rupert Howes (see full letter below). They’ve even set up a special email address for all our letters – how nice. Shamefully, they are trying to avoid responsibility for their very own standard saying they “do not decide whether or not to certify a fishery as sustainable”. Well, that’s surprising because they certainly spend a lot of time ensuring that products with their brand name logo get on our shelves.