This news flash just came in from Project Aware:
As we approached the end of 2010, AWARE Divers succeeded in securing a win for sharks. 423 Members of European Parliament (MEP’s) have listened to our collective scuba diving voice and signed on the Written Declaration for strengthening the European Union ban on shark finning, ensuring a majority needed for further action.
The European Parliament has now endorsed a resolution on shark finning calling on the EU Commission to deliver a proposal prohibiting the removal of shark fins on-board vessels.
We came to love and respect sharks when we dove in Palau. They are a mythologized species, seen as demons of the depths, fearsome creatures who will grab at every opportunity to kill and maim humans. In truth, they are a "top of the food chain" predator, living beneath the sea, paying us little mind for the most part when we enter their environment.
We’ll have more on sharks in the coming months. But in the meantime, let’s take heart on the support and advocacy from divers and organizers such as Project Aware, working to make a difference in the lives of sharks.