Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Harvesting of shark fins continues...

Harvesting of shark fins continues...


Kota Kinabalu: Sabah is in the forefront of the move in this country to impose a ban on shark hunting and finning with State Culture, Tourism and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun announcing the same last October. But fishermen and marine products traders near the Filipino market in Sinsuran either do not know or simply choose to ignore it.
A reader called up the Daily Express when he saw several hundred freshly-harvested sharks' fins being sun-dried on the traffic island along Lorong Gomantong, behind a marine products import and export business.
Masidi had said he would ask the Federal Attorney General to make the necessary amendments to the national Fisheries Act to enforce the law to protect Sabah's world class diving industry where tourists pay millions to see them off Sipadan and Mabul. Up to 100 million sharks are reportedly killed each year, compared to about five humans killed by shark attacks each year, marine scientists say.
Such a high annual kill rate has practically eliminated 80pc of all sharks from the oceans.
The campaign to end shark hunting and dropping shark fin soup from the menu is also observed by many nations today. There have recently been calls to substitute it with bird's nest soup which is more sustainable.

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=80826

Green Sabah says: It sucks that fishermen and marine traders refuses to cooperate with the Sabah government's efforts to protect our sharks, I suggest the government to impose a strict law on the ban of shark hunting so that more people will pay attention to it, a heavy fine and jail term should be a good enough 'incentive' to discourage them to continue shark hunting. 

22 comments:

Anak Sabah said...

Kita amat memerlukan kerjasama daripada semua nelayan untuk hentikan penangkapan ikan yu kerana spesis ini sudahpun disenaraikan oleh kerajaan Sabah sebagai haiwan dilindungi. Harap mereka akan jelas dengan undang-undang baru ini untuk membolehkan kita melancarkan kempen melindungi ikan yu ini.

Anak Sabah said...

Tindakan yang baik daripada kerajaan untuk melindungi ikan yu di Sabah, kita merupakan negeri pertama di seluruh Asia untuk melancarkan kempen ini, semoga keputusan ini diterima dan disokong oleh semua rakyat kita.

drako drakonius said...

Shark hunting is expected to be illegal in Sabah by early next year, state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said.

drako drakonius said...

He said his ministry was ready with the appropriate paperwork to seek a total ban on all forms of shark hunting in the state.

drako drakonius said...

The request is simple. Masidi is not insisting that it (the ban) should cover the whole country, but only in Sabah.

drako drakonius said...

He added that the Fisheries Act to incorporate a provision, whereby all forms of shark hunting or shark finning are prohibited in Sabah.

drako drakonius said...

He was speaking reporters after witnessing all chapters of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Malaysia commit to the 'Say No To Shark's Fin Soup' awareness campaign

drako drakonius said...

Masidi said his ministry had also taken into consideration the parties, such as restaurants serving shark's fin soup, that might be affected once the ban was imposed and felt that the situation was manageable.

drako drakonius said...

He said sharks were mainly found in the waters off Tawau, Semporna and Kudat and attracted divers from all over the world, earning Sabah RM192.5mil from the diving industry last year.

sabaheco said...

Ask the police to come there & arrest those traders & fisherman!!

and bring also the immigration department, check them if their are locals or PTI...

ferlo said...

spesies ikan yu makin terancam, penangkapanya harus dihentikan, tubuhkan undang bagi menghalang penangkapan ikan yu.

Eli Ja said...

Hate to see when some people keep on being ignorant. Don't support those who sell, suppy or provide shark fins.

Hanroizin said...

Katakan tidak kepada pemburuan Sirip ikan yu.

DorianG said...

This year will mark the protection of sharks in Sabah even though the shark ban is not in place yet, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

DorianG said...

“When the law is passed, we will then discuss with the restaurant owners about the grace period they need to clear their stocks,” he said.

DorianG said...

“We need to do it now. We need to conserve the sharks for our next generation to enjoy. We cannot take all and leave nothing to our next generation in the name of profit. In the next decade, if we do not conserve the sharks now, there will be nothing left for the fishermen to catch and restaurant owners to serve. By then, it will be too late,” Masidi pointed out to the JCI Tanjung Aru.

DorianG said...

JCI Tanjung Aru member Evonne Chong (immediate past president), organising chairman JCI member Aderick Chong and members met Masidi during a courtesy call recently.

DorianG said...

Also present were the permanent secretary of Masidi’s ministry, Datuk Michael Emban, Datuk Irene Charuruks of Sabah Tourism Board and Sitti Damsal of Sri Pelancongan Sabah as well as Peter Dikili, Arthur Lee and Christopher who support the protection of sharks. JCI Tanjung Aru took this opportunity to thank Masidi for his determination and persistence in making the law to protect sharks happen in Sabah.

DorianG said...

After initiating the ‘Say No To Shark Fins’ awareness programme in 2011, together with 54 chapters of JCI Malaysia and many conservation groups around the world, JCI Tanjung Aru strongly supports and commends the minister for his effort to see the ban through.

DorianG said...

JCI Tanjung Aru briefed Masidi on the launch of 2012: Sabah Protects Sharks which will be held on May 6 in Suria Sabah. This event will mark that Sabah protects its sharks in 2012.

DorianG said...

In conjunction with this event, there will be an ‘Imperial Gourmet Soup Challenge’, where the alternatives to shark fins soup will be judged and the most outstanding soup on that day will be recognised by the ministry.

DorianG said...

Masidi and his ministry were also briefed on the Concert for the Sharks towards the end of 2012 to raise funds to enable efforts to reach out to schools throughout Malaysia, starting with Sabah, to educate the importance of shark conservation to the school children.

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