Help Us Pass Legislation to Protect Sharks and Rays in Hawaiian Waters!
Despite their ecological and cultural importance sharks have very little protection here in Hawaii. Water Inspired Conservation Group and One Ocean Conservation have introduced a bill that will prevent the purposeful killing of sharks and rays in Hawaiian waters. Stay tuned to this page as well as @WaterInspired @Keiko_conservation and @OneOceanConservation for updates and opportunities to submit testimony or be present at hearings.
Not in Hawaii? No worries! You can still submit testimony online when hearings are scheduled and sign the petition below to send a strong message to decision makers that this bill is important to people around the world.
Stay tuned for future hearings!
Huge MAHALO to everyone that has supported this bill so far! We will announce future hearings as they are scheduled so supporters of this bill can stay engaged by submitting testimony or come to the hearing to voice their support. Until then please continue to spread the word about these bills, sign and share the petition in the link above and follow @OneOceanConservation @WaterInspired and @OneOceanDiving for the latest news on the bill!
TAKE ACTION NOW TO #HELPSAVESHARKS
LATEST NEWS: Both Bills SB 489 and HB 808 have passed their first hearings as of February 6th!
Please stay tuned for the next action you can take to support these bills. Please continue to sign the petition as it is ongoing, we want to bring it to every single committee to show the increased number of signatures so please continue sign and share with as many people as possible!
Be sure to check back for updates and developments! The billsl must pass a series of hearings requiring support at each level to make it to the next step. It’s important that even if you submit testimony for one of the initial hearings you continue to support at each hearing in order for the bill to pass and make it to the next level.
Current Status of SB489 and HB808: Be sure to check back for updates and developments! The bill must pass a series of hearings requiring support at each level to make it to the next step. It’s important that even if you submit testimony for one of the initial hearings you continue to support at each hearing in order for the bill to pass and make it to the next level.
Stay tuned for future hearings and submit testimony to support!
Not sure what to say? Here’s an example testimony that you can copy and paste or modify to your liking:
Aloha Legislative Committees,
Please help us pass SB489 and HB808
Sharks and rays are extremely important to ocean ecosystems. As ocean predators near the top of the food chain, sharks keep the ecosystem balanced, regulate populations of other marine life, and ensure healthy fish stock and reefs. Sharks and rays are more vulnerable than most other fish species. They are long-lived and slow-growing, start reproducing at an advanced age, and produce relatively few offspring per year. If the food chain is disrupted by a decline in the shark population, it affects the entire ocean ecosystem, known as a trophic cascade. Protection for sharks and rays ultimately means healthier, more resilient oceans and reefs that are better able to withstand other pressures on the ocean ecosystem from climate change and pollution.
Sharks and rays not only play important ecological roles but are also valued figures in Hawaiian culture and are important economically to ocean recreation industries and to tourism in Hawaii. Sharks or manō are regarded in high honor as Hawaiian ʻaumakua or family guardians and ancestors. These figures are deeply ingrained in Hawaiian culture and are known to provide protection for native Hawaiians. To defend and seek to spend time with these animals is a cultural right in Hawaii.
The benefits of maintaining viable populations greatly outweigh any value that would be gained by killing these species. Sharks have very little functional protection here in Hawaii, and with shark populations dropping rapidly around the world the time for action is now.
I support SB489 and HB808 and I hope you will, too.
Mahalo for your time and consideration,
[insert your name here]
JOIN OUR FRIENDS AT SHARK ALLIES: END THE FIN TRADE IN FLORIDA
Click the Button Below to Sign in support of legislation that will end the shark fin trade in FL
“FINS ARE A HIGHLY VALUED PRODUCT THAT IS DRIVING SHARK SPECIES TO EXTINCTION.
Even though the fin trade is not the only problem, it is by far one of the biggest issues we are facing when it comes to saving sharks. Some shark populations have declined by more than 90% in recent decades due to overfishing, and this fishing of sharks is mostly profitable because of the high value of fins. Some of the species involved are being driven to the brink of extinction. Whether it is the cruel act of finning or the legal market for shark fins, at the core of it all is greed; to make money off a product that is valued as a status symbol.”
Know a restaurant or business that sells shark products? Use the template letters (available in multiple languages) listed on the page linked below and send it to them. #savesharks