UN Shark Coalition Photographs

  • September 21, 2011

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Bahamas Shark

Fiji Shark

Maldives Shark

Shark Fisheries

Palau President Toribiong Interview

Paulau Sharks

Honduras Sharks

 

Photos

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Coral Shark - 8 MB

 

Shark 1 - 3 MB

 

Sharks Now Protected - 7 MB

   
Healthy and biologically diverse shark populations are important to maintaining healthy marine habitats and fisheries. Photo Credit: Jim Abernethy

As top predators, sharks regulate the variety and abundance of the species below them in the food web.
Photo Credit: Jim Abernethy

The Bahamas prohibits commercial shark fishing in its national waters of approximately 630,000 square kilometers. 
Photo Credit: Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas  www.stuartcove.com

 

Shark 3 - 7 MB

 

Hammerhead Shark - 6 MB

 

Shark with Scuba Diver - 13 MB

    
Shark-related tourism has contributed more than US $4800 million to the Bahamian economy over the past 20 years.
Photo Credit: Katie Grudecki
Some species, such as the scalloped hammerhead, have experienced declines of up to 98 percent.
Photo Credit: Katie Grudecki
Live sharks have significant value for marine ecotourism that is typically more sustainable and valuable than their individual value to fisheries.
Photo Credit: Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas  www.stuartcove.com
     

President Porfirio Lobo Sosa - 1 MB

 

Whaleshark 1 - 2 MB

 

Shark 2 - 1 MB

    
President Porfirio Lobo Sosasigns the decree designating Honduran waters a shark sanctuary.
Photo Credit: Devon Stephens Roatan
It has been estimated that whale shark tourism is worth about US $47.5 million worldwide.
Photo Credit: George Stoyle
Grey reef sharks in the Maldives are estimated to be worth at least 100 times more alive at a dive site than dead on a fishing boat.
Photo Credit: Guy Stevens
     

Finned Hammerhead Shark - 16 MB

 

Finned Sharks 1 - 3 MB

 

Finned Shark 2 - 4 MB

     
Shark finning is the unnecessary practice of cutting the fins off a shark and discarding the body at sea.
Photo Credit: Jeff Rotman.
Due to their life history characteristics of slow growth, late maturity and production of few young, sharks are exceptionally vulnerable to overexploitation and slow to recover once depleted.
Photo Credit: Shawn Heinrichs
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Redlist, 30 percent of shark and ray species are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.
Photo Credit: Shawn Heinrichs
     

Shark with Scuba Diver 2 - 1 MB

 

Finned Shark 3 - 2 MB

 

Shark Fin Soup - 3 MB

    
Shark diving brings approximately US $18 million annually to the economy in Palau. Photo Credit: Todd Essick The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted the world's shark populations.
Photo Credit: Julien Lajournade
 Shark fins are a lucrative commodity on the international market, where many are bought for the Asian delicacy, shark fin soup.
Photo Credit: Michael James Kavanagh
    

Finned Shark 4 - 2 MB

 

Finned Shark 5 - 3 MB

 

Finned Shark 6 - 3 MB

    
The demand for shark fins, meat, liver oil and other products has driven numerous shark populations to the brink of extinction.
Photo Credit: Shawn Heinrichs
 The loss of sharks could cause irreversible damage to the ocean and economic activities, such as dive tourism.
Photo Credit: Shawn Heinrichs
 Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually to support the global shark fin trade. Photo Credit: Shawn Heinrichs
    

Whaleshark 2 - 1 MB

 

Toribiong and Lob Sosa - 3 KB

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The Maldives ban shark fishing within its national waters and trade on all shark products nationwide.
Photo Credit: Guy Stevens
 President Johnson Toribiong of Palau and President Porfirio Lobo Sosa of Honduras shake hands after signing a historic document challenging the world to save the world's sharks, September 2010 in New York.
Photo Credit: Diane Bondareff AP Images
 

H.E. Mr. Rigoberto Cuellar, Honduran Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, discusses the importance of shark conservation and Honduras' recent establishment of a shark sanctuary.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.

    
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President Johnson Toribiong of Palau.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.

 Vice President Dr. Mohammed Waheed Hassan of the Maldives.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.
 

Deputy Permanent Representative Jeem Lippwe of the Federated States of Micronesia, left, discusses the importance of shark conservation.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.

    
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Sandra Bessudo, high presidential counselor for environment of Colombia, commits to shark conservation.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.
 H.E. Mrs. Yanerit Morgan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico announced Mexico's intention to declare a moratorium on the hunting of sharks and stingrays in national waters, in order to protect the dwindling population of these species in the world.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.
 Matt Rand, director for Pew's global shark conservation and eight leaders from Federated States of Micronesia, Colombia, Honduras, Palau, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas launch an international shark coaltion. New York, September 22, 2011.
Photo Credit: Charles Sykes AP Images for Pew Environment Group.
    
  
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Chuck Anderson presents H.E. Mrs. Yanerit Morgan an award for Mexico's efforts to protect sharks in its waters.
Photo Credit: Reina Nishita

 Chuck Anderson, a shark attack survivor, presents Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, an award for his efforts on shark conservation.
Photo Credit: Reina Nishita
 Krishna Thompson,  a shark attack survivor, presents Jeem Lippwe a global shark defender award for the Federated States of Micronesia's commitment to shark conservation.
Photo Credit: Reina Nishita