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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Basking sharks placed on species-at-risk list

According to an article at the online edition of the Vancouver Sun newspaper, Basking sharks are the first marine animal to be given protection under Canada's Species-at-Risk Act.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has published its plans for a recovery program for this species. The basking shark was listed as Endangered under SARA on February 23, 2010.


At the website I found the following information concerning Basking sharks:
"Of all shark species, the basking shark appears to be the most vulnerable to human impacts. Characteristics making them vulnerable include late age of maturity, long gestation period, long periods between gestations, low productivity, sex segregated populations, overlapping habitats with commercial fisheries, nearshore/coastal habitat, surface behaviour, fearlessness around boats, and naturally small populations."
The high value of basking shark fins has also promoted a lucrative trade to Asian countries."

You can read  about Canada's species-at-risk act by going to the following website:

The Government of Canada has placed information concerning Basking sharks at the following part of  the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada website:

National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks:

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) indicates on the website that
 assessments have been or are in the process of being completed for the following species:

Basking shark (Atlantic and Pacific)
Big skate (Pacific)
Blue shark (Atlantic)
Brown cat shark (Pacific)
Longnose skate (Pacific)
Porbeagle shark 
Sandpaper skate (Pacific)
Shortfin mako (Atlantic)
Six-gill shark (Pacific)
Smooth skate (Atlantic)
Soupfin shark (Pacific)
Spiny dogfish (Atlantic and Pacific)
Spinytailed skate (Atlantic)
Thorny skate (Atlantic)
White shark (Atlantic) 
Winter skate (Southern Gulf, Eastern Scotian Shelf, Georges Bank-Western Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy)

(source: )

It is interesting to note that White sharks for the Pacific region are not on this list.
which is a good sign for this species.

The fact that Asian countries have been viewed as one of the reasons for placing the Basking shark species on the species-at-risk list is another reason why we should stop buying products from this part of the world until these selfish people stop their
selfish behavior of over-killing shark species!!!

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 Here is a link to a video which discusses the finding of basking sharks off the coast of San Diego, California this summer:

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

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Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

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Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.