Article published by Basten Gokkon Animal Cruelty, Animals, Cetaceans, Dolphins, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Mammals, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Overfishing, Saltwater Fish, Sharks, Sustainability, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Global shark fisheries have for decades engaged in the deliberate catch of dolphins, seals and other marine mammals to use as bait for sharks, a new study has found.The researchers found the practice picked up when prices for shark fin, a prized delicacy in Chinese cuisine, went up from the late 1990s onward.The researchers have warned that the targeting of these species could hit unsustainable levels, and have called for more studies into the species in question as well as better enforcement of existing law protecting marine mammals. Shark-fishing outfits have for decades been catching dolphins, seals and other sea mammals to use as bait, helping drive some of those species closer to extinction, researchers have found.In their study published June 7 in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, the researchers recorded the deliberate harvesting of small cetaceans and marine mammals for use primarily as shark bait by fishers from 33 countries, particularly in Latin America and Asia.Two-thirds of 42 identified aquatic mammal bait species were “deliberately killed or targeted” for shark bait in at least one country, the authors concluded from analyzing 145 source materials — peer-reviewed articles, books, government reports and academic theses — ranging from 1970 to 2017.Atlantic humpback dolphins inhabit shallow coastal waters and are often caught by small-scale fishers in West Africa. Image by Tim Collins.Their analysis also indicated that small cetaceans are the group of aquatic mammals most vulnerable to the practice. Eleven of all the identified species are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).“Bycatch — the incidental capture of dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other non-targeted species in fishing operations — is a well-known problem,” the researchers wrote in an accompanying statement. “Less well-known is the widespread practice of acquiring and using aquatic mammals for bait.”The researchers noted that the trend picked up when the global price and demand for shark fins increased drastically from the late 1990s, outweighing the market value or desirability of consuming cetacean meat in many areas.In Asia, the study reported, the use of small aquatic marine mammals appeared to be most prevalent in Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, and the main purpose was to attract sharks.A 2013 study in the journal Marine Policy estimates that between 63 million and 273 million sharks are killed each year, including those killed for their fins. Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest shark fin trading hubs, and accounts for 50 percent of the global shark fin trade. Shark fin is seen as a symbol of class and wealth, and is served at special events or occasions.The researchers noted that the Philippines was one of just two countries in their study where fishing outfits targeted more than 10 different species of aquatic mammals. In Brooke’s Point, Palawan, up to 150 dolphins were estimated to have been killed per season for use as bait in traps for chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius). Demand for dolphins was such that fishers adapted their fishing gear and methods to increase their effectiveness in hunting the cetaceans.In Latin America, the use of aquatic mammals as bait was found to happen in Argentina and Brazil, where small cetaceans and the South American sea lion (Otaria byronia) are captured to target sharks and crabs.Vanessa Mintzer, a marine researcher at the University of Florida and lead author of the report, warned that the killing of marine mammals for bait could reach unsustainable levels and lead to a population decline.“With this global review we wanted to see whether, and where, other species were killed for bait, and learn about possible solutions to stop the problem,” Mintzer said.Map highlighting the number of aquatic mammal species by country that have been used as bait in fisheries between 1970 and 2017 (GIS layers: S. Claus et al., 2018).However, the authors noted that their efforts to fully understand the extent of this practice were hampered by a dearth of information on the status of the populations being killed, and whether, or how fast, they were declining, despite previous sources revealing the widespread killing of marine mammals for bait.“The killing of marine animals for bait is, in general, a clandestine activity,” Mintzer said. “As a consequence, the level of killing and impact on the species identified in the review will likely remain largely unknown for the foreseeable future.”The researchers have urged marine scientists studying the species in question in locations identified as “hotspots” in the report to obtain better data in order to come up with a solution.They also called for improved enforcement of existing laws that make it illegal to kill marine mammals, as well as for local communities and fishers to be involved in education and sustainable fishing programs and policies — rather than rely on top-down implementation — to ensure successful enforcement.“We need to identify other affected populations now to facilitate timely conservation actions,” Mintzer said.Banner image of bottlenose dolphins swimming courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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