Sunday, December 7, 2008

Your Call 120808 Global Commons -- Whales & Sharks

How is the environment for whales and shark changing? On the next Your Call, we continue our series on the global commons, with a discussion about the state of whales and sharks. According to the United Nations about ten million sharks are killed each year for their valuable fins. Whales are also facing ever-increasing dangers despite the 20-year ban on commercial whaling. So what's been done to save these sacred and precious creatures? And can we save them? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests: David McGuire, conservation filmmaker, a field associate of the California Academy of Sciences and a shark advocate.

Douglas Long, Chief Curator, Natural Sciences at Oakland Museum of California. formerly chair of the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, he is currently teaches in the Department of Biology at Saint Mary's College in Moraga.

Stan Minasian, a naturalist with the Oceanic Society.

Click to Listen: Global Commons -- Whales & Sharks


Sean Van Sommeran said...

Interesting Program:

Thanks, for additional information regarding local marine conservation research and advocacy check out our websites.

Think globally, take action locally.


S.R. Van Sommeran
Executive Director/CEO
The Pelagic Shark Research Foundation
Santa Cruz California
Since 1990

Sea Steward said...

Great show and I was very happy to be involved.

The paragraph says ten million sharks killed each year. If only. Rose had it right- the United Nations FAO estimate was 100million sharks killed each year.
More recently a scientist estimated 19-73 million sharks are being killed for fins alone.
Whatever the number- it is unsustainable.

See the film Sharks Stewards of the Reef about threats to sharks and what we can do to protect them:

The film screens regularly at the San Francisco Aqaurium of the Bay.

Support a healthy ocean ethic and our local marine sanctuaries.