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Sharkbite Sideshow’s Shark Angels Special Edition

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Shark Angels, a U.S. based non-profit organisation, is holding a very special edition of Sharkbite Sideshows, presented by Joe the Shark and Shark Angels. The event will take place on the 13th June, at R-Bar in New York. Doors will open at 8pm, and tickets are $15, with $10 being donated to Shark Angels. You can purchase your tickets here.

Jamie Pollack, Director of Operations for Shark Angels, said: “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and to have Joe the Shark with us.  Joe the Shark brings you some of the finest storytellers, burlesque performers, sideshow artists and pole dancers in New York City, every second and fourth Friday of the month at Sharkbite Sideshow. He is joining our team to help us advocate for shark conservation! Joe the Shark and Shark Angels are committed to the safety and preservation of these majestic, and all too often misunderstood, creatures of the sea. Humans kill over 75 million sharks every year, and we need to change this now or these amazing creatures will not be around to play their vital role in the ecosystem.”

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You’re guaranteed a good time with a line up like Corevette Leface, Creamed Stu, Joanna Ross, Miss Vivian, and The Alchemist. Plus, the attendance of Peter Aguero, award winning storyteller and  host for the night; Shania Cruea, pole dancing champion; and Wae Messed! By attending you will be supporting a good cause and helping to bring about change to rising issues.

If you are unable to attend, but still want to support a good cause and Shark Angels, you can make a donation on the Shark Angels website. 100% of your donation will go towards helping Shark Angels make a positive difference through advocacy and educational programs, like Fin Free.

For more information visit: www.sharkangels.org

To buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/693202

To make a donation: http://sharkangels.org/index.php/donate

Marine Life & Conservation

The Big Shark Pledge: Shark Trust’s new campaign kicks off with a call for support

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With the ink still drying on last week’s landmark listing of nearly 100 species of sharks on Appendix II of CITES, the Shark Trust insists that this is not the time for shark conservation to take a break. The UK-based NGO this week launches its biggest-ever concerted campaign to tackle the overfishing of oceanic sharks. They are calling on people across the world to join the call for stricter controls on high seas fisheries.

The Big Shark Pledge is at the heart of an ambitious set of campaign actions. Working to secure science-based catch limits on all sharks and rays affected by the international high seas fishing fleet. The pledge will build the largest campaigning community in shark and ray conservation history to support a raft of policy actions over the vital years ahead.

Many of our best known and much-loved sharks make their home on the high seas. In our shared ocean, these oceanic sharks and rays face a very real threat from a huge international fleet of industrial-scale fishing vessels. Research published in early 2021 confirmed that over three-quarters of oceanic sharks and rays are now at risk of extinction due to the destructive impact of overfishing. They have declined by 71% over the last 50 years.

The Shark Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and has a long history of securing positive changes for sharks, skates and rays. The Big Shark Pledge will build on the success of their NoLimits? campaign which underpinned landmark catch limits on Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako in the North Atlantic.

While the listing of so many species on the CITES trade agreement is certainly a positive step, there remains a huge challenge in ensuring that sustainable practices are embedded in international fisheries.” says Shark Trust Director of conservation, Ali Hood. “Sharks on the high seas face extraordinary pressure from excessive fishing practices. This has to be addressed through international agreements such as those secured for Blues and makos.”

There is hope and a feeling of momentum in the shark conservation community. Just last week, in addition to the new CITES listings, the Shark Trust, working with partners in the Shark League, secured the first-ever international quota for South Atlantic Mako at ICCAT meeting in Portugal. The new campaign from the Shark Trust aims to push forwards from here, engaging a wave of support through the Big Shark Pledge to bolster policy action.

This will be a long-term international and collaborative effort. Forging a pathway to rebuild populations of high-seas sharks and rays. By putting science at the heart of shark conservation and fisheries management. And making the vital changes needed to set populations on the road to recovery.

Shark Trust CEO Paul Cox says of the Big Shark Pledge “It’s designed to give everyone who cares about the future of sharks the chance to add their voice to effective and proven conservation action. By adding their name to the Pledge, supporters will be given opportunities to apply pressure at key moments to influence change.

Click here to sign the Big Shark Pledge

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Fourth Element X Sea Shepherd

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This year on Black Friday, fourth element announced their new partnership with Sea Shepherd, encouraging people to move away from mindless purchasing and to opt-in to supporting something powerful.

For 40 years Sea Shepherd, a leading non-profit organisation, has been patrolling the high seas with the sole mission to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. They work to defend all marine wildlife, from whales and dolphins, to sharks and rays, to fish and krill, without exception.

Inspired by Sea Shepherd’s mission, fourth element have created a collection of fourth element X Sea Shepherd limited edition products for ocean lovers and protectors, with 15% of every sale going to the Sea Shepherd fund to help continue to drive conservation efforts globally.

“Working with Sea Shepherd gives fourth element the opportunity to join forces with one of the largest active conservation organisations in the world to try to catalyse change in people’s attitudes and behaviour. Fourth Element’s products are designed, developed and packaged with the intention of minimising our impact on the ocean environment, and with this partnership, we will be supporting the work of Sea Shepherd, in particular in their work on dealing with the twin threats of Ghost fishing nets and plastic pollution.”

Jim Standing fourth element co-founder

Read fourth element’s Sea Shepherd Opinion Piece HERE

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