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Why love a killer?

The Shark: A wild beast, looking for a man to swallow. This is the image that makes it hard to win over the support of the public.

You can help now to correct this public misconception and uncover reality: It´s man that slaughters baby sharks in the cruelest of fashion. Stefan Austermühle, Executive Director of Mundo Azul has been travelling one month undercover on a Peruvian shark fishing boat in order to expose the illegal killing of dolphins as shark bait in Peru. He however had not been prepared for what he was about to witness: ¨I have seen unbelievable suffering of sharks being fished and killed in a gruesome way. Newborn baby sharks died between the agonizing bodies of their mothers. Every morning we stopped the night-time fishing being covered in blood from tip to toe. Dolphins and sharks are massacred alike. I will never be able to forget this.¨

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See here what Stefan learned when sailing with dolphin killers

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The Peruvian long-line shark fishing fleet is not only responsible for the illegal killing of thousands of dolphins as shark bait. They are also on the way to exterminate the shark population itself. Latest statistics proof that more than 90% of fished sharks are juveniles, this being a clear indicator for severe overfishing and in itself an illegal act according to Peruvian fishing laws. However the Peruvian government tried to cover up this story.

Help us to show Stefan´s eye-witness report around the world. We have the most of the material. We just need a few additional interviews and the resources for editing and we can produce a one hour documentary in English, Spanish and German version, in order to proof the Peruvian government wrong and to create a global pressure to end illegal shark and dolphin killing in Peru.

Your support of our crowd-funding initiative will make it possible to get one step closer to saving thousands of dolphins and hundreds of thousands of baby sharks each year.

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In the 400 million years of its existence in the seas, sharks have earned an important role in marine ecology. Being the highest marine hunters, with streamlined bodies and hypersensitive sensory systems the sharks play the role of the health police, mostly catching old prey or diseased fish. The healthy state of their populations is vital to maintain productivity and sustainability of the seas

Of more than 400 species of sharks in the entire world, only six species have been reported of attacking humans.  The rest of sharks mean no danger. There are also sharks that survive on plankton such as the whale shark, being also the world’s largest fish reaching twelve feet long. The friendly encounter with this giant is sought out by recreational divers around the world. Many shark attacks were caused by human misconduct: recreational divers trying to give food to the sharks or ignoring the behavior of a shark defending its territory. There are few unprovoked attacks and in many cases the shark released the man after the first bite without attacking again. Man is not the shark’s favorite prey.

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Page author: Stefan Austermühle

Last updated: 2015.03.03.


The hunted hunter

Sharks reproduce very slow and have to grow several years before they mature. Therefore they are sensitive to overfishing. It is estimated that worldwide more than 100 million sharks are caught annually.

Experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned already in 1997 about the populations of more than seventy species being in a worrying state and requested a list of 11 species to be included in the Annexes of the Convention on Trade International Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). Since then the problem only got worse.

In Peru there are mainly nine species of sharks being caught; several dogfish (Fam. Triakidae) as well as the blue shark (Prionace glauca), mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), thresher sharks (Alopias vulpinus) and hammerhead sharks (Smooth hammerhead). According to statistics of landing the capture of dogfish has consistently declined over the last 20 years, which is an indication of the overexploitation of species.

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 The graphic below shows the landings of “tollo”, a group of seven species of dogsharks, clearly declining. It also shows the slowly rising catches of other shark species (tiburon).

While it is clear that worldwide shark populations are collapsing, the Peruvian governmental fisheries institute IMARPE in face of the decline of dogfish recommended in 2003 to switch to fish for blue and mako shark: “Sharks are abundant in ocean waters off the Peruvian coast. Their fins have a high commercial value in the foreign market, while in Peru only the muscle is marketed for direct human consumption.¨ The bigger shark species were promoted as ¨underexploited resource¨ while at the same time on a global level red flags were already up. This recommendation was given without biological studies of the size of the populations present. Without this data, however, it is impossible to implement sustainable fisheries management, which should be based on a permanent monitoring of the biomass of a species. IMARPE is responsible for having initiated overfishing of big sharks in Peru. What is worse is that the IMARPE recommended the export of shark fins at a time when it was known that Asian demand for fins was the main cause for the disappearance of sharks worldwide.

After a few years the populations of sharks in Peru collapsed. According to studies by IMARPE, shark landings in Pucusana port consisted to more than 90% of sharks being below the legal minimum size. The law, however, only allows 10% of sharks landed to be below the minimum size.

In 2010, the Convention on Migratory Species (Convention on Migratory Species – CMS) has listed the diamond shark in Appendix I of the Schedule of migratory species.

In the same year Greenpeace International included the Diamond shark in its Red List fish, this being a list of species that are commonly sold in fish stores, but which are harvested unsustainably.

In the United States the diamond shark is part of the managed species list, this being a list of species in danger of overfishing. Consequently catch quotas given by the government were reduced by 50%.

In 2014 independent research confirmed yet again the massive overfishing of sharks in Peru and the landing of mainly undersized shark-juveniles as.

You can help us to put an end to this. By financing the edition and publication of Stefan  eyewitness account of illegal shark and dolphin fisheries of Peru, we together can force the Peruvian government to react. Your support of our crowd-funding initiative will make it possible one step closer to saving thousands of dolphins and hundreds of thousands of baby sharks each year.

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Stefan says: ¨The fate of Peru’s dolphins and sharks are closely related: The overfishing of juvenile sharks and the illegal killing of dolphins will lead to a population collapse and severe consequences for the ocean ecology itself. This must be stopped and it can be stopped.¨

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