Remove 'Shark Wranglers' from DMF permit to capture and tag great whites.
  • Petitioned Paul J. Diodati, Director

This petition was delivered to:

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Paul J. Diodati, Director
NOAA Fisheries Service- Protected Resources Division
Mary A. Colligan, Assistant Regional Administrator

Remove 'Shark Wranglers' from DMF permit to capture and tag great whites.

    1. Petition by

      C W

      Amesbury, MA

On September 4, Ocearch 'Shark Wranglers' will head out to capture and tag great white sharks off the coast of Massachusetts, under the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) permit issued by NOAA. DMF and NOAA have failed to answer the question, “what are the actionable conservation goals of the project here?”

The white shark is already a protected species in the United States. Dr. Greg Skomal of the DMF has already been successfully tagging and tracking white sharks using minimally invasive methods working with local boat captains.

A Boston Herald article mentions Ocearch and DMF interest in collecting bacteria samples to create an antibiotic for shark bites and conducting stress physiology tests. This data was just collected in South Africa. Furthermore, a simple Google search will show antibiotics to treat infection from shark bites already exist and NOAA’s own guidelines on 'how to maximize shark survivability' during catch and release clearly state; “reduce fight times, long fight times put stress on the fish.” The Ocearch fishermen intentionally exhaust the shark through long fight times on the end of the line so that the shark is more manageable when it is hauled out of water. 

Many researchers are speaking out against the invasive and unnecessary methods used by Ocearch to collect data on great white sharks when other methods are available. In light of knowingly putting a protected species in harms way, collecting duplicate or unnecessary data, having alternate research methods available, and not having an actionable/enforceable conservation goal in place, the DMF should remove Ocearch from its permit.

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    News

    1. Conservation groups push to protect great white sharks

      C W
      by C W
      Petition Organizer

      A push for white shark protection on the West coast.
      “These majestic predators are vital for the health and balance of our ocean ecosystems,” said David McGuire, Director of SharkStewards. “Even the removal of one sexually mature individual from a population this small can have serious impacts on the population as a whole. They need stronger protection immediately.”
      http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&ndb=1&id=54653

    2. Final Appeal Sent to NMFS & DMF

      C W
      by C W
      Petition Organizer

      Another request to remove Ocearch from the Massachusetts permit was submitted today based on:
      -Ocearch record of foul hooking white sharks
      -Duplicate study- post capture stress research
      -Potential to compromise the overall population
      -Success on Pacific coast using long term minimally invasive methods
      -Endangered species request for Pacific white sharks
      -New source of funding
      Summary:
      Long term research using minimally invasive methods provides valuable information. Using the Ocearch vessel and techniques for a two week period does not create enough additional value to overlook the risks to the white shark. Dr. Skomal’s research work will not be significantly impacted by revising the permit. With the continued use of local boat captains and pilots, coupled with community supported funding through a newly established non-profit, the DMF and NMFS can continue to manage, conserve, and protect white sharks without harming this valuable and vulnerable species.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Boston Herald Article

      C W
      by C W
      Petition Organizer

      The Boston Herald did a write up today on the Shark Wranglers coming to the Cape. Chris Fischer was interviewed and said his catch and release methods are "safe." These methods caused injury to a white shark in the Farallones and a mortality in South Africa. This September, Fischer will use the same catch and release methods in waters off the coast of Massachusetts.

      I have added NOAA- Protected Resources Division's Regional Administrator to this petition and raised the signature goal to 1,000. We are asking NOAA and DMF to take a stand and stop this show from coming here, where the species is already protected and the waters are regulated. The white shark faces enough threats, please don't let a reality TV show continue to be one of them.

    5. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jowell Macdonald DEERFIELD BCH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Unnessasary trauma physical and emotional to a ptotected species for tv ratings

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    • phedias capulong CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • about 2 years ago

      it is very impt in our seas to balance our marine biodiversity and lessen the heat in our atmospheric oxidation and create more phytoplankton for the small animals.

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    • Kevin Escherle UBERLANDIA, BRAZIL
      • about 2 years ago

      It is important to me due to the preservation sense every human has (or should have) concerning environment.

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    • kurt lieber HUNTINGTON BCH., CA
      • about 2 years ago

      There are no valid reasons to tag any more white sharks using this exhausting method as deployed by "Shark Wranglers". PLEASE stop this practice and let the white sharks alone.

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    • Laura Ludwig BOOTHBAY, ME
      • about 2 years ago

      Thanks for providing an opportunity to sign the petition -- I'm a fan of nature, not nature shows, especially when they're clearly about glorifying the hunt.

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