Canada, protect porbeagle sharks from politics!
  • Petitioned Canada's Minister for Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea

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Government of Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Canada's Minister for Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea
Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Clair Dansereau

Canada, protect porbeagle sharks from politics!

    1. Petition by

      Friends of Hector

Porbeagle sharks are one of the most endangered sharks in the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1961, their population has declined by up to 88%. Yet, on November 12th, Canada will stand 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.

Sign our petition asking Gail Shea, Canada’s Fisheries Minister, to join the international consensus and protect the porbeagle, Canada’s shark. When you sign an email will be sent directly to the Minister.

For the last two 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. 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. This year’s ICCAT proposal will ensure porbeagles are not fished anywhere in the Atlantic.

Remind Canada’s Fisheries Minister the world is watching – it’s time for Canada to do its part. Stop risking the recovery of this endangered shark.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rob Leigh-Clark VERNON, BC, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our government needs to be aware of the importance of good stewardship of ALL creation....

      • almost 2 years ago

      For real, Canada? Such a disappointment.

    • sharkman hawley MARYVILLE, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      we need sharks

      • almost 2 years ago

      It is vital to the survival of the human species to keep our ecosystem healthy strong and alive. Please protect these sharks.

    • Nick Zeis OTTAWA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please take action NOW to protect the Porbeagle shark. How can you defend the right to keep fishing this endangered shark?


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