The Live Stream will be at 7:00pm EST on Tuesday November 29th on the @finfree Facebook Page. We will be hosting a special Google Hangout with Julie after the Live Stream with all donors! They will have a chance to speak with Julie one-on-one and and ask her any questions live through video chat!
Teaming up with Pretoma in Costa Rica, United Conservationists embarks on a campaign to help stop the consumption of shark fins and end illegal shark finning. Through three dedicated initiatives we donated $30,000 to help fund drone operators in the Cocos Islands, drones were donated by Precision Drone to help deliver the evidence we needed to expose illegal shark finishing. Not only were we able to help use this footage to catch illegal shark finishing but we also managed to capture some amazing footage for the Sharkwater 2; Final Extinction project.
From the funding we also helped to support "Say No to Eating Shark." Pretoma's project focuses on protecting Hammerhead sharks in Costa Rican waters through a number of activities including advocacy and policy work. Reaching the general public with the conservation message would help generate some debate and publicity for an iconic species and an urgent issue.
We also helped to send the leading shark fin identification experts in South America to help identify illegal fins moving through Panama along with run clinics for local enforcement to help educate them on the identification process. This helps us identify more illegal finning and which species of sharks are also the most at risk.
Toronto, Ontario (July 15th, 2016)
We are extremely happy to announce an amazing initiative to help the cosmetic industry to rid themselves of shark based squalene, a very common ingredient found in the majority of cosmetics whether olive oil or animal based. In the largest lab study completed to date on 80 different cosmetic products we've identified some brands which may contain shark based squalene. In conjunction with Bloom France we've tested over 80 cosmetics found in North America. The study has been completed at the University of Victoria Labs in Victoria BC. Testing will also be completed in Florida to verify our results and findings. We hope to release the results of our study at The Toronto International Film festival in September of 2017 along with the release of Sharkwater 2.
Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates on this excited initiative. Follow the hash tag #sharkfree.
Washington, DC (June, 24 2016)
On Thursday morning, award-winning actor and longtime Oceana advocate Morgan Freeman joined Oceana and members of Congress to announce the introduction of a new bill to ban the trade of shark fins in the United States.
In 2000 and again in 2010, Congress addressed the issue of shark finning in U.S. waters with the Shark Finning Prohibition Act (SFPA) and Shark Conservation Act (SCA), ultimately making it illegal to remove any fins from a shark at sea, transfer any fin from one vessel to another vessel, or land any fin that is not naturally attached to the corresponding carcass.
The United States took an important step towards reducing the shark fin trade worldwide. Oceana applauds the leadership of the bill’s supporters in helping to end the shark fin trade in the United States.
For more information on the Oceana Bill please see their Press Release
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San Jose, Costa Rica – Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) were being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stops on U.S. soil. With this evidence in hand, Turtle Island negotiated with American Airlines in recent months to convince the carrier to ban shark fin shipments on their planes. Presented with this evidence, American Airlines took prompt, proactive action to institute a ban on shark fin shipments, but has declined to publicly acknowledge this action. Today the conservation groups won a major victory when American Airlines announced the ban on Twitter.