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Shark Attack Survivors Meet in DC to Protect Sharks
Shark Attack Survivors, including our own Captain Mike Beach, recently visited Washington, DC to generate LOTS of great press promoting the Shark Conservation Act! A big thanks to all of those who participated for making this possible and a special shout-out to Dan Klotz for drumming up and coordinating press interest and to all of you who were media spokespeople.

An unlikely delegation met in the nation's capital on July 15, 2009 to lobby for greater protections for sharks. The group of nine shark attack survivors, including two from California, is calling on Congress to pass the Shark Conservation Act. Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environmental Group, says that even though many of the survivors lost arms and legs they don't hold grudges against the sharks that bit them.

"These are individuals that are extremely passionate about shark conservation. They are more concerned for the sharks than they are for themselves. They're scared for sharks."

Rand says it's unclear what would happen if sharks were to become extinct. Some studies found when tiger sharks were absent from areas of the Pacific Ocean, it was detrimental to tuna populations.

"Many species of sharks play a critical role as the top predators, and we know that when you remove a predator it has ramifications for the rest of the eco-system."

Rand says that without increased protections, the long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending for sharks.

"Sharks have been around for 400 million years, 200 million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth, and now because of the onset of industrial fishing many species of sharks are threatened with extinction."

Overfishing is widely considered the major reason for the dwindling of shark species. The legislation would strengthen the current U.S. shark finning ban and promote conservation. Scientists estimate 70 million sharks are killed by fishing industries each year. Finning is the practice of catching sharks, removing the fins which are a delicacy in some parts of the world, and dumping the bodies of the fish back into the water.

Public News Service-CA
July 15, 2009

top photo: shark survivors in DC, including Captain Mike far right
bottom photo: Al Brenneka, shark survivor and George Burgess, who complies International Shark Attack File

Read about Captain Mike Beach's Shark Attack


RESOURCE FOR FURTHER READING AND EDUCATION
about the Shark Conservation Act of 2008

George Burgess’s International Shark Attack File:
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm

Plea from John Kerry to United States Senate to Protect Sharks
pdf file 817k

Washington Post Article on 7/15/09
pdf file 178k

Shark Ecosystem Fact Sheet
pdf file 159k

Shark Conservation Act Fact Sheet
pdf file 152k

Senate Bill S.850
pdf file 33k

Cost Estimate Shark Conservation Act
pdf file 84k

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