Signatures delivered to the EU Commission to demand shark conservation

Date: 1/2/2008

There were 20,000 signatures collected globally presented to the European Commission to demand an end to shark fishing. Project AWARE Foundation and the Shark Alliance joined forces to rally support for the protection of endangered sharks. The signatures were collected during ‘European Shark Week’ in October 2007 and presented to the EU Commission. The petition calls for a European Union (EU) plan to protect endangered shark species and limit shark fishing. The Shark Alliance also called on the Commission to bring an end to unsustainable fisheries for endangered spurdog and porbeagle sharks. Given the growing, global awareness of the issue, we are pleased yet not surprised by the tremendous outpouring of concern for sharks from citizens’ said Sonja Fordham, Policy Director for the Shark Alliance. ‘This strong support must now be reflected in an elevated priority for shark conservation within the EU, including sound proposals to ensure that these vulnerable species survive.’ The Shark Alliance is a coalition of more than 40 conservation, angling, diving, and scientific organisations dedicated to improving European Union shark fishing policies. Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit organisation working with divers to conserve underwater environments through education, advocacy and action. For more information on this subject visit:

www.projectaware.org.

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