- Mr. Rayner Stuel Galid, Director of Fisheries Sabah, Malaysia
Responding to the article below :
Over 8,000 tons of shark fins are processed each year. The fins only amount to 4% of a shark's bodyweight. This means that some 200,000 tons of shark are thrown back into the sea and discarded.
11,300 hourly, 100millions Sharks were killed annually. Already 18 species of sharks have been listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Source : http://www.seashepherd.org/sharks/shark-finning.html
The Tourism Department in Sabah has done a great job in promoting the State as an International Diving Site. E.g. Sipadan Island, Mabul, Kapalai and Other Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu.
Sharks play a very important role in the ecosystem. If shark finning continues to be a legal in Sabah it will not be very long before the reefs and diving attractions that draw many International travelers to our waters lose their appeal. The standing that Sabah currently enjoys as a destination in tune with the preservation and promotion of a healthy and vibrant marine ecosystem can only go to ensure future growth revenue so long as they are maintained and not depleted of its shark populations.
Please do check on this link to Save Our Turtles :
We further petition that all fishing licenses for fisherman who do not live release hooked or netted sharks with their fins attached be revoked.
We also ask that the sale of Shark products be banned in Sabah, Malaysia due to the threat of Extinction of Sharks.