This Time Australia Has Blood on its Hands from Protected Marine Species – The Maritime Executive.

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Sea Shepherd Australia reports that in the early hours of yesterday morning the fisherman hired to perform what it calls Western Australian premier Colin Barnett’s dirty work of killing protected species, went out to check drum lines as part of the new shark cull program off the Western Australian Coast.

Jeff Hansen, managing director, Sea Shepherd Australia, says:

“As each drum line was checked, it was found to be empty, however on the last drum line the fisherman found a beautiful 3 metre plus female tiger shark. Its difficult to tell how much pain she would have been in for up to 12 hours with Barnett’s brutal hook through her mouth. She was then brought alongside the boat by the fisherman and shot four times in the head before she finally died. She was then guttered and then dragged out to sea and dumped at sea as a means to hide Barnett’s dirty work from the world. It was a cruel, painful and unnecessary death.

If this is the way that we treat our Australian battlers that work tirelessly to maintain the balance in our oceans, the health and integrity of humanities life support systems, then on this Australia day I am ashamed to be Australian.

How can we condemn Japan for the indiscriminate killing of whales and dolphins and do this to our precious protected marine life here in Australia? This method is utterly cruel and inhumane and these animals can take many hours to die.

The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter, with a diet ranging from crustaceans, fish, birds, seals, turtles, squid and sea snakes. Males reach sexual maturity at 2.3 metres to 2.9 metres and females at 2.5 to 3.5 metres. Females mate around once every 3 years with young developing inside the mothers body for up to 16 months, with litters ranging from 10 to 82 pups. Pups are around 50 cm at birth and are vulnerable to predation. Tiger sharks are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, listed as Near Threatened and don’t live that long (over 12 years). Given that they don’t reproduce every year and have only a few pups that make it to maturity and given that they are listed as near threatened due to finning, the targeting of large breeding sized tiger sharks by the Barnett Government is without a doubt a cull. There is no other way to look at this.

Sea Shepherd Australia is also questioning the competency of the fisherman as he has been adamant that the shark he caught was in fact a Bull shark, however a number of shark experts and researchers, including Blair Ranford has confirmed the species as a Tiger shark.

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Wildlife Across the Globe Rely on Pristine Antarctic Waters: Protect Them ( – LiveScience.com

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Bradnee Chambers, executive secretary of the United Nations Environment ProgrammeConvention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, contributed this article toLiveScience’sExpert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

At the end of last year, representatives from the U.S., the European Union and more than 30 other nations met in the Tasmanian city of Hobart, Australia. It was the thirty-second meeting of a commission tasked with protecting Antarctica’s lifefrom risks to the continent’s nearly pristine ecosystems.

The nations, members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), were following through on obligations from the international treaty that established the commission in 1982 to conserve the marine animals of Antarctica, and in particular, its krill resources.

Krill is especially abundant in the global food web, and as a result, scientists estimate that three-quarters of all marine life is maintained by the nutrient-rich waters from Antarctica’s Southern Ocean.

At the Hobart conference, the commission’s member states discussed establishing two international marine protected areas in Antarctica, which would have been the world’s largest. Each would have exceeded 1 million square kilometres (620,000 square miles). The Ross Sea and Eastern Antarctic zones would have doubled the area of fully protected ocean covered as marine protected areas to two per cent of the world’s oceans, with a surface five times the size of France.

However, the negotiations failed, once again, because member states could not reach consensus. However, some delegates were confident that enough progress was made to achieve a breakthrough at the next meeting at the end of 2014.

Why are Antarctic marine protected areas so important? The Pew Environment Group states that the region is vital to sustaining the majority of the planet’s marine life. Marine protected areas have proved to be effective in revitalizingthe health of aquatic life not only in the reserves themselves but also in adjacent waters, such as in the Leigh Marine Reserve in New Zealand where productive fish stocks inside the reserve have migrated into the surrounding waters and increased densities. In addition, protecting Antarctic waters could help mitigate the impact of climate change on the marine environment by building resilience for ecosystems.

 

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Australian Shark Slaughter Impoverishes Ocean. #noWAsharkcull

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Australian Shark Slaughter Impoverishes Ocean – The Huffington Post.

 

Does Premier Colin Barnett of Western Australia (WA) and the federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt have any idea whatsoever that our oceans are dying, quickly? That’s the question that my Californian students asked me first period on Monday morning (January 27, 2014).

The WA government is attempting to tame the eastern Indian Ocean because some misguided bureaucrats believe that if they kill all the endangered Great White, threatened Tiger and Bull sharks that come near southwest WA all beachgoers and surfers will be safe. Not only is the WA shark cull incorrect and squandering $20 million; but also the government has sanctioned ecocide.

 

The Indian Ocean is a wild ecosystem constrained only by biophysical laws. When there are too many predators like Great White, Tiger and Bull sharks and not enough prey they starve to death. Conversely, when there are too few predator sharks, populations of prey become unfit, weak, and old and diseases become epidemics throughout our oceans thereby collapsing fish populations and denying almost 2 billion people their only daily protein source.

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