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An Important Message from The Sharkman.

Dear Shark friends.

Since even before the Dinosaurs, Sharks have ruled the oceans of the world. Other creatures that evolved after have become extinct, yet Sharks continued to evolve and survived. But how long will they last? Will they survive the next hundred years?

These magnificent, mysterious and misunderstood creatures, like every other animal on this planet, must hunt its food to survive. Research has showed us that although Sharks are very good hunters, they can also survive for weeks without eating.

Since mankind started making use of the Sea, stories of horrific encounters with man-eating monsters have been told. These monsters soon became the worst nightmare for anyone venturing into the water. There are over 450 different shark species, and today, we know that out of these, only a handful are considered as a risk to humans. Records show that the average number of Shark attacks in one year is less than a hundred worldwide, and of these, less than 8% are fatal. So Sharks are not the monsters that our ancestors claimed them to be.

Where than is the Danger? There is minimal danger to humans but now let us look at the other side of the issue. We know that Sharks mature very late in life, {between 7 to 30 years old} and that the reproduction cycle can take as long as 2 years.

Sharks are now facing huge problems that unless something is done, they will not see the next millenium. Pollution of our oceans is a big problem for sharks, but it is not the biggest. The worst is over-fishing. Sharks have always been hunted for many reasons mainly revenge, souvenirs, clothing.... etc.... but now they are also being hunted in massive amounts for food.

Millions of Sharks are being massacred every year just for the sake of having their fins cut off for an oriental dish called "Shark Fin Soup". The process is that when the Shark is caught, the fins and tail are chopped off and the mutilated Shark is thrown back into the water to die a slow painful death, or be savagely attacked by other hungry predators. This is about 200 times more than it was in 1995. Just for the sake of this so-called aphrodisiac dish that costs around $30. So whilst those hunting the Sharks are getting very rich, the sharks are being wiped out.

Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, are the largest producers of Shark Fin Soup, killing over 700,000 sharks every year and slowly their Ships are invading all the Oceans of the World, even here in the Mediterranean. As soon as one area is considered to have no more sharks around, they move off to another location. This trade in the orient has grown to such extent that the Gang Wars by traders have out grown those of the Mafia.

A number of Countries have already banned Shark finning including the USA and in the EU. Even as I write this, Shark conservation groups continue lobbying for a world wide ban on shark finning.

Looking back at the Statistics, 6.5 Million sharks are killed by humans for every 1 human that Dies from a Shark attack in a year!!! If nothing is done about this scandal ... there will be NO sharks in the next Millennium.

Everyday that this massacre goes on, Sharks are slowly getting closer to the dangerous levels of extinction. We have to do something and we have to act fast.

Also other large amounts of sharks are being caught as a bycatch by fishermen, plus others end up in Aquariums and do not survive for long.

It is for this reason that this website was created in 1997, To raise awareness towards Shark Conservation issues.

Up to some small extent, it has made an impact, but that is not enough!!! You can also help make a difference!!

We need a lot of help from those that are willing to take this challenge with us. Sharks have been labeled as Monsters and Man-eaters for a long time, and to convince the right people to pass laws for Shark Protection, takes a lot of hard work.

Here are some of the things that you can do:

1) Help us spread the word that Sharks need to be protected.

2) Talk to your Parliament members and Representatives and let them know why Sharks need to be protected.

3) Stop eating Shark food products.

4) Stop buying Shark items like real Jaws, Shark teeth or Shark leather items.

5) Do not take part but instead Oppose all Shark Fishing events.

6) Help dispel the Monster and Man-eater image that the media love to show.

7) Support Shark Awareness and Conservation Issues World-Wide.

It is up to people like us to protect these magnificent creatures before it is too late.

Thank you.

Alex "The Sharkman" Buttigieg
(Founder)

Sharkman's World
P.O. Box 31
San Gwann
sgn 1000
Malta.
Europe.

Updated: 28th. Nov. 2014

 

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MILLIONS OF SHARKS ARE SAVAGELY MUTILATED BY HAVING THEIR FINS CUT OFF AND THROWN BACK TO DIE IN THE SEA, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF THE ORIENTAL SHARK FIN SOUP.

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As many as 50 Sharks are killed for every Chinese Wedding!!! Give the Sharks a chance.
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Keep Sharks Out of the Soup!!!

HELP STOP THIS!!! BOYCOTT ALL THOSE COMPANIES THAT SELL OR DEAL IN THESE PRODUCTS. DO NOT ALLOW THIS TRADE TO CONTINUE !!!

 

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At Rock Bottom:
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Letters

 

I received This Very Sad E-mail from a Friend.

From: Scualo1@aol.com
To: sharkman@sharkmans-world.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 7:14 PM
Subject: photos

Hi Sharkman,

This is a short story of sharks that live in Balinese waters.
There are all types, i.e. Threshers, Makos, Reefs, Whites etc. The boats come to beach and everybody who's got a restaurant is there to meet 'em. They check the catch, weigh it, butcher it and cook it. That's the short and sad story of sharks living in the Indonesian archipelago as fishermen find it a lot easier to catch them instead of going for the traditional catches of smaller fish, therefore also spending the least time at sea and making the most of it. Very sad indeed my friend.

Unfortunately some people who try to educate these fishermen have not succeeded so far and is doubtful whether they will, as long as there's a consumer's demand for their meat and jaws and teeth. When I took the pics, 6/7 sharks had been landed and they did not hang around too long either. I was there again the day after and the same happen again!! I also spotted some tiger sharks jaws drying up under the intense sun, and some collector from down under haggling for the best price, usually about 10 dollars a piece, just to be sold in western markets, specially the USA, at great profits.

Will this end with the demise of the King of the sea? Most probably not. Anyway I hope these pics are of some good to you.

All the best,.
DINO

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Boat comes in
On board
Landed Shark
Close up
Call the Butchers
CUT ...CUT
What's Inside?
Weigh it
Spare nothing
This is truly a sad story that is happening every day,
and not only in this place!!
We can all do something to
STOP IT!!

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This E-mail deals with the feelings of an Ex-fisherman.

Thank you for sending it Johan

From: Johan De Vlieger
To: sharkman@sharkmans-world.com
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 3:37 AM
Subject: Great stuff!!


Hi Sharkman,

It's almost 3 o'clock in the morning but I lost track of time as I wondered of in your incredible site. Never seen anything like it!! Nice pictures and very educational but above all : you can read your "sharkpassion" in every page.

I come from a country where we are not so familiar with great sharks namely : Belgium.

As you know Belgium is situated at the North Sea and the only sharks we'll ever meet here are "doggie's" or a few other small species. Nevertheless they're small : they still are beautiful creatures.

As it is not so evident to encounter any huge sharks here with us you probably wonder where my fascination for these animals is coming from. Well I have to make a confession : I'm a fisherman or rather I was a fisherman (not professionally!). I travel around the world and try to catch as many different shark species I can simply because I'm really fascinated by these beautiful animals.

And very important with my hand on my heart I may say that until now I NEVER killed one!! However, as the years are passing I find it harder and harder to put the bait on the hook because I'm starting to realize that I rather like to see them in their natural habitat. Not struggling with a hook in their mouth...

That's why websites like yours are very important : they give people as myself the necessary conviction of stopping chasing these animals and learn to love them free swimming where they belong : in the open sea.
I'm starting to get diving lessons and will put my fishing gear away... forever!

The horrible things I witnessed already on my journeys, I can't describe them. Mostly from Japanese "longliners" (Guinée-Bissau where the beach was laying stuffed with skeletons of huge sharks just with their fins chopped off!). Or England (Cornwall) where they slaughter enormous amounts of Noseshark (Porbeagle) every year or Gran Canaria or Ireland or...

There is still much to do to stop these crazy killings but from now on you can count me in!

If we could only let other people think about the consequences and the impact fishing and slaughtering of our beloved sharks has on the fragile balance of sea life it would already be a success.

Once someone told me : " I don't care if whales disappear I probably never see one anyway."
Can you comprehend such idiotic thoughts??? They don't realize that oceans were the beginning and will also be the end, if wasted, of all life as we know it. So if anyone has a little bit of common sense he will realize that sharks are a crucial part as top-predators in their habitat.

Just imagine their are no more sharks near Dyer Island : the amount of seals would be enormous. Result : a lot of diseases in the seal population, disappearing of all available fish what leads automatically to extinction of other species or uncontrollable weed growth...

I can't stop writing... Let's hope we can convince some more people of the importance of protecting sharks. It won't be easy but it's worthwhile and...they earn our respect.

I will recommend your site everywhere and will do all I can to save these unique animals from being wiped out.

Keep up the good work, I will do anything I can for our friend the shark in this region.

Happy diving and thank you again for sharing all that valuable information with everyone!!!

Johan De Vlieger.

 

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