The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has referred the Shark Cull 'policy' with a consultation period from 12th February 2014 to 20th February 2014; this means we only have 4 days left for our voices to be heard for the sharks and precious marine life.
We are calling on all of our supporters around the world, to let the EPA know that this policy is completely environmentally and morally unacceptable.
The more submissions the EPA receives, the greater the chance of stopping the shark cull in its tracks. This public comment period provides the EPA with a rough gauge as to what the global community is feeling so they can determine an appropriate level of assessment.
Getting as much response as possible during the comments period will have more of a direct impact against the cull than almost anything else we could be putting our efforts into over the next 4 days.
It is also crucial that as many shark experts, scientists, researchers and marine biologists as possible put in their own individual submissions, using their knowledge and experience to speak out against this senseless massacre of a marine species so vital to the oceans.
So please ask your friends and their friends to make a submission here Shark Drum Line Deployment, Management and Associated Services
Click "Online Survey" and for question 5 - recommend selecting "API Category B (environmentally unacceptable)"
For any background reading or some key points to make in your entry, please see this post by Jessica Meeuwig, Professor & Director, Centre for Marine Futures at University of Western Australia, Explainer: Sharks — Why Size and Species Matter, or recent posts made on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Soceity website.
Our oceans give us up to 80% of our oxygen; they are quite literally the lungs of the planet, and our life support. Sharks maintain the health and ecological balance of our oceans, removing the sick and the weak. They are the doctors of our oceans.
How would we feel if all the doctors on land disappeared? We as a species face a future just as grim if we lose the doctors of the oceans.
Sharks are a large contributor to the life support system we all depend upon and our fate is inextricably tied with theirs. The need to protect sharks is an urgent global need. The rare and unique sharks and marine life that exist off the WA coast must be protected.
On behalf of our sharks that protect our precious marine ecosystems, and future generations, thank you for making a submission here Shark Drum Line Deployment, Management and Associated Services.
We want more of this:
And none of this: