Comments on: The Real-Life Shark Tank: Why Saving Sharks is a Good Investment http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/ News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:43:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 By: pkarp24 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2628 pkarp24 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:59:43 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2628 It is becoming increasingly evident that the ecotourism value of protecting marine species far outweighs the value of exploiting them for food or other purposes.  A similar calculation was done for Manta Rays and was instrumental in convincing the Government of Indonesia to declare the entire country a Manta sanctuary. The challenge, however, if to ensure that the fisher communities that are involved (whether legally or otherwise) in removal of these species will benefit from their protection.  It means little to a local fisher, who is barely able to sustain his/her family, that protecting a shark, or a Manta, or a sea turtle will generate more in tourism dollars than what he/she will get from the shark fins or manta gill rakers.  Whether through involving these communities in ecotourism, or commiting to use tax revenues from ecotourism to improve their housing, education and healthcare, it is critical to look not only at the "big picture" of valuing natural capital, but also to ensure that it results in improving lives. It is becoming increasingly evident that the ecotourism value of protecting marine species far outweighs the value of exploiting them for food or other purposes.  A similar calculation was done for Manta Rays and was instrumental in convincing the Government of Indonesia to declare the entire country a Manta sanctuary.
The challenge, however, if to ensure that the fisher communities that are involved (whether legally or otherwise) in removal of these species will benefit from their protection.  It means little to a local fisher, who is barely able to sustain his/her family, that protecting a shark, or a Manta, or a sea turtle will generate more in tourism dollars than what he/she will get from the shark fins or manta gill rakers.  Whether through involving these communities in ecotourism, or commiting to use tax revenues from ecotourism to improve their housing, education and healthcare, it is critical to look not only at the “big picture” of valuing natural capital, but also to ensure that it results in improving lives.

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By: Carla Abbandonato http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2625 Carla Abbandonato Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:20:44 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2625 Attention all Canadian citizens, there is something we can do: Follow the link below to sign a petition addressed to the House of Commons to ban the import of shark fins. Come on people, I've gathered over 800 signatures in the last month! http://findonnelly.ndp.ca/petitions Attention all Canadian citizens, there is something we can do: Follow the link below to sign a petition addressed to the House of Commons to ban the import of shark fins. Come on people, I’ve gathered over 800 signatures in the last month! http://findonnelly.ndp.ca/petitions

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By: Pwes Ness http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2622 Pwes Ness Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:37:47 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2622 I love to fish for shark. I love to fish for shark.

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By: mpwhit278 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2620 mpwhit278 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:10:16 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2620 trying to share this on facebook but having trouble.   the "facebook share" is not coming up on my screen. trying to share this on facebook but having trouble.   the “facebook share” is not coming up on my screen.

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By: Jim Wharton http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2621 Jim Wharton Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:07:57 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2621 Sharks play an important role in keeping the ocean healthy and in balance. They keep fish populations healthy by eating the sick and injured fish, which stops those fish from reproducing and improves the genetic pool. Removing sharks from the food web creates all kinds of other problems, i.e, octopi eat lobster and sharks eat octopi. Without sharks to keep octopi populations in check the octopi wipe out the lobster and shell fish population of an area and then the octopi all starve. Without shell fish like the Trident's Trumpet the Crown of Thorns Starfish popluation is unchecked and they devour the live coral until it is all gone, creating an ecological cascade of death. There are many examples of dead reefs around the world that are a direct result of overfishing of sharks or some other targeted marine life for short term economic gain. The removal of a species from an ecological system can cause the collapse of the entire system. Sharks play an important role in keeping the ocean healthy and in balance. They keep fish populations healthy by eating the sick and injured fish, which stops those fish from reproducing and improves the genetic pool. Removing sharks from the food web creates all kinds of other problems, i.e, octopi eat lobster and sharks eat octopi. Without sharks to keep octopi populations in check the octopi wipe out the lobster and shell fish population of an area and then the octopi all starve. Without shell fish like the Trident’s Trumpet the Crown of Thorns Starfish popluation is unchecked and they devour the live coral until it is all gone, creating an ecological cascade of death. There are many examples of dead reefs around the world that are a direct result of overfishing of sharks or some other targeted marine life for short term economic gain. The removal of a species from an ecological system can cause the collapse of the entire system.

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By: Christina Cathleen Miller http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2619 Christina Cathleen Miller Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00:12 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2619 What a ham! What a ham!

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By: Henry Hauch http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/03/14/the-real-life-shark-tank-why-saving-sharks-is-a-good-investment/#comment-2618 Henry Hauch Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:50:32 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7811#comment-2618 Of coarse this group fails to mention that certain countries are specifically guilty of unmanaged harvest, whereas countries like the US, where most of the comments here come from has a sustainable harvest management system for all fish, yes including sharks. In the US EEZ, most sharks are restricted from harvest and all shark species are growing in number and average size. Of coarse this group fails to mention that certain countries are specifically guilty of unmanaged harvest, whereas countries like the US, where most of the comments here come from has a sustainable harvest management system for all fish, yes including sharks. In the US EEZ, most sharks are restricted from harvest and all shark species are growing in number and average size.

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