Around the world, people are eating World Heritage shark, pulled from our Great Barrier Reef.
How is this possible?
The East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery has Australian Government approval to export 600 tonnes of shark every year from in and around our Reef.
Last year, over 70,000 sharks were caught in this fishery.
The fishery targets and kills large sharks which are highly valued for their meat and fins, including endangered species like the great and scalloped hammerhead shark.
It accidentally catches dugongs, dolphins and turtles – threatened species near the edge of extinction.
Despite operating in our World Heritage Reef, this fishery has limited monitoring and no independent observers, which are essential for a transparent, well-managed fishery.
It sounds like one of Australia’s worst fisheries. But it has our government’s approval to take sharks from the Great Barrier Reef. Our waters. Our sharks. Our Reef.
The good news is, their export licence is about to expire.
We have only days to tell the government not to give this fishery approval to export our World Heritage sharks.
Sharks are a keystone species, vital to the health of our Reef. If you think it’s unacceptable that this fishery is allowed to catch and export sharks from our Reef, have your say now.
Have your say .http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/26/ecifff
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