Fins and Fluke
Fins and Fluke is a 501(c)(3) public charity, all-volunteer nonprofit organization that educates and promotes issues surrounding waterways and marine life as well as helping the general public make ocean-friendly decisions in their everyday lives. The group openly campaigns against facilities that hold marine mammals captive and advocates for cetacean freedom. Fins and Fluke offers grants to scientific research organizations and marine mammal stranding networks worldwide.
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Please Take Shark off Your Menu
Currently on Market Broiler's menu, they offer shark: "Thresher or Mako Shark; A rich, firm steak of today’s catch.(subject to fresh availability)" (http://www.marketbroiler.com/menu.pdf) Seeing shark served on the menu is concerning for a lot of reasons, but here are just a few: -It is estimated that between 73-100 million sharks are killed each year. -90% of shark populations are gone due to over fishing and shark finning, and as apex predators of the sea, that means trouble for us. Sharks keep a very delicate eco-system in balance. -Sharks contain high levels of mercury, which is very unhealthy for consumption. Recently, 9 people in Madagascar died from consuming shark. More than 100 more people were reported to be hospitalized after consuming shark, with symptoms comparing to what could be mercury poisoning. (http://www.africareview.com/News/Madagascar-Nine-die-after-eating-shark-meat/-/979180/2078984/-/36vej0/-/index.html) What's on the menu?Thresher species:Alopias pelagicus (Pelagic Thresher, Thresher Shark, Whiptail Shark)- http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/161597/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.Alopias superciliosus (Bigeye Thresher Shark, False Thresher) - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/161696/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.Alopias vulpinus (Common Thresher Shark)- http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39339/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.Mako species:Isurus oxyrinchus (Shortfin Mako) - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39341/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.Isurus paucus (Longfin Mako)- http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/60225/0 - is listed as vulnerable with decreasing population trend.The reason for the concern with these species of shark being served on the menu is because they are listed on the IUCN Redlist as vulnerable. Sharks are threatened every day by shark finning, over fishing and are targeted by long-liners. There are so many sustainable options for a seafood restaurant, and shark of any species is not one of them. For the health of the oceans and humans alike, taking shark off of the menu would be a step in the right direction.
SeaWorld: End Captive Orca Breeding Program
It is time to end the orca captive breeding programs at SeaWorld Parks. This program has resulted in multiple stillbirths, miscarriages, inbreeding and maternal deaths during childbirth since its start in 1985. SeaWorld announced plans to expand overseas and plans to increase captive breeding to fill these parks and their upcoming Blue World Project. SeaWorld seems to be going backwards in these changing times as up-coming legislation is being introduced in Canada and the United States to ban breeding programs. SeaWorld’s breeding program has produced nothing less than disturbing results. One of the saddest stories is that of Gudrun, who died four days after giving birth. When Gudrun went in to labor in February 1996, a pulse could not be found on the unborn calf who was presumed dead. Since she was not delivering the calf, they needed to pull it from her. David Kirby writes in Death at SeaWorld: The pain must have been unearthly. Gudrun began to hemorrhage severely. Her dorsal fin collapsed, probably due to dehydration. She refused to eat and ignored all attempts by people to make contact with her. She remained motionless in one spot, unprotected by shade, so staff lovingly lavished her back with zinc oxide. After the bleeding stopped, Gudrun stayed that way for four days as her worried caretakers did all they could to nurse her back to health. On the fourth day, Gudrun finally moved. She slowly swam over to the gate where her disabled young calf, Nyar, was watching. Nyar had had to be separated from Gudrun after the mother began attacking her daughter. Now Gudrun gently nudged Nyar’s rostrum through the bars, as if to ask for an overdue rapprochement. Gudrun died a few hours later. Many times, mothers reject their calves either due to having them at a young age, spaced too close together, or not having the experience necessary to care for them properly. In “Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity” by Drs. John Jett and Jeff Ventre, they state: At SWF (SeaWorld Florida), Taima was a notoriously poor mother as well. She died from a prolapsed uterus while giving birth to her fourth calf on 6 June 2010, at the age of 20. Keep in mind that killer whale gestation is approximately 18 months in duration, and to reiterate, wild Northern Resident calves are “born at five-year intervals.” Gudrun rejected her first calf, Nyar, who was born with a birth defect. Kayla also rejected her calf, Halyn. Halyn was bottle-fed every two hours around the clock by staff. Taima rejected Sumar as well. With increased awareness of these incredible animals, the main thing we have learned is that they do not cope well in captivity. Increased tank size is still a tank. Animals will still be moved between parks, and perhaps continents, in order to best suit SeaWorld’s failing business plan. The only way to end captivity is to end the breeding program. Sources: Death at SeaWorld by David Kirby can be found here. “Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity” by Dr. John Jett and Dr. Jeff Ventre can be found here. SeaWorld’s 2nd quarter Report available here. Photo credit, with thanks, to Tilikum Photography
Save Aquarium Fish and Sharks in Roquetas, Spain: To prevent more than 1000 animals from dying
On Behalf of PROMAR; the aquarium in Roquetas de Mar, que town in Southern Spain where baby dolphin Marcos (www.facebook.com/MarcosTheDolphin) was rescued by PROMAR, is facing closure. If action is not taken the fish and sharks residing in the faciltiy will die if the power is turned off. Finding the marine life a new home is proving difficult and it is considerably cheaper for other aquariums to buy new specimens than obtain the ones living at this aquarium. Here is a direct translation of the letter being sent to the Mayor of Roqutas De Mar: Gabriel Amat, SR. MAYOR Roquetas de Mar SR. MAYOR Roquetas de Mar Don Gabriel Amat Ayllon I learned that the Roquetas Aquarium is about to close due to poor economic situation of their debts and, specifically concerning Endesa electricity, this company acting accordingly by removing the power supply, which would death for all animals in these facilities. You, like the rest of the town of Roquetas de Mar, has been publicly happy and has repeatedly supported this initiative that brought the town a major educational and economic resource. The survival of thousand animals from different seas and oceans, should not depend on a business transaction whether or not successful, it would not be ethical or moral. What is going concern to all people of good will, of Roquetas de Mar and out ... that is where the most important representative of the public, the Mayor, to act, setting an example of sanity and good work. It is therefore requested to intervene and resolve this issue by ensuring the lives of animals, also leading the initiative to establish governance arrangements that are operating ... as could be to establish a foundation, ushering in a variety of entities, both public and private. Studying likewise other formulas. Thanks for listening, I hope your positive response to this request. cordially Sincerely, [Your name]