UPDATED 11.02.07: A much more well thought out post on the subject from Doug Hagler’s blog post, Sharks.
This past weekend, my oldest daughter and I went to see the documentary, Sharkwater, at The Bridge Theater here in San Francisco. This was a solid documentary with some good footage, powerful message and passionate maker.
I knew things were bad, but some of the things that were lifted were pretty amazing. While you will not see me out on a boat any time soon, I admired the determination of the folks involved as well their understanding of their place and role in the movement of systematic change.
In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade
conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the
Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat
rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and
attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives
The shark-finning industry and its effects on the ecosystem are huge and largely unnoticed by the larger global community. Because we have been taught that sharks are worthy of being hunted and are not worth our compassion like other animals, almost 100 million sharks are killed every year. Most of you know environmental issues are not always at the forefront of my passions, but the message was compelling. The amount of needless killing that happens really for no other reason than for the high value of shark fins is just sad.
Here are a few more links with more info:
- Official Sharkwater Site, many great resources
- North Atlantic Sharks on Sharp Decline, National Geographic
- Alarming Decline of Sharks Causing other Species to Vanish, Live Science
- Shark Finning, The Humane Society