Commend Environmental Commission for Protecting Endangered Shark

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Target: Alejandro Anganuzzi, Secretary of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

Goal: Thank the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission for enhancing shark protections worldwide

During the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)’s annual meeting, a species of shark called the oceanic whitetip became the most comprehensively protected shark on the planet, and whale shark protections were also enhanced. This meeting of governments sharing a financial and practical interest in regional fish stocks created an agreement to enhance protection for various species.  This should set an example for nations across the world. Thank the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission for setting new shark protection standards.

The IOTC has given the whitetip protection from both trade and fishing on an international level. The whitetip is already on the verge of extinction and given that it is an open-ocean animal, it is essential to the maintenance of a healthy marine ecosystem. In addition to this, the IOTC adopted a proposal to ban the intentional setting of purse-seine fishing nets around whale sharks. Whale sharks are one of the largest and most gentle fish in the ocean and often die when caught in purse-seine nets because they become trapped and starve to death.

The global shark conservation initiative is an important one. Sharks are essential to the ecosystem and help keep fish populations from overgrowing. The ocean provides 1/3 of our world with food, produces more oxygen than all the rain-forests combined, removes half of the greenhouse gas, and controls our planet’s temperature and weather. Without sharks to regulate the ecosystem, the ocean may no longer be able to perform such important feats. Even though shark attacks are extremely rare, various forms of entertainment and media have stigmatized sharks so that they are one of the most feared animals on the planet. In reality, a person’s chance of getting attacked by a shark in the United States is 1 in 11.5 million, and a person’s chance of getting killed by a shark is less than 1 in 264.1 million.

Protecting sharks is essential to the continued survival of the marine ecosystem, as well as that of humans. The ITOC is taking important steps towards preserving shark populations, which helps to ensure the continuance of healthy ecosystems – thank the commission for their protective services.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Alejandro Anganuzzi,

You recently passed new laws and put forth proposals to protect sharks across the world. These essential creatures are often misunderstood and highly stigmatized as cruel killers, when really they play a key part in the marine ecosystem and do not usually attack unless provoked or threatened.

By taking new measures to protect sharks, you are sending a message to people worldwide, one that says “we need to protect our sharks”. Sharks help maintain healthy oceans, which are vital for the survival of humans as they filter out gases that cause global warming and provide food and employment opportunities for many. I want to thank you for setting a new standard for shark protection, and thus protecting humans and an essential ecosystem.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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