What we're about

The Vancouver Sharks Spokespeople is a kind community, connected through the need to stop the selling and serving of shark fins for shark conservation.

Likewise, as one writer said it perfectly: “sharks are winding up on our dinner table more often than we do on theirs.”

Additionally, shark fins are deemed a delicacy in many countries.

Furthermore, preparation of shark fin soup is an ancient tradition developed over thousands of years.

In China, shark fins have been used to make soup since the Han Dynasty over 2,200 years ago and its rarity was said to please Chinese emperors.

Today it remains a delicacy, a ritual symbol of luxury used at important Chinese events so it is often on the menu at banquets, weddings, and business lunches to reflect the traditional cultural values of prestige that are central to such feasts.

In other words, it is a status symbol and a flaunt of wealth to show off to family, friends, and other folks.

However, shark fin hype and consumption of this soup directly causes the death of millions of sharks each year.

In fact, “shark-finning” is the practice of chopping off a shark’s fins and dumping the often-live animal back into the sea. No longer able to swim, the injured shark then drowns, bleeds to death, or is an easy target for predators.

In addition, other parts that may be used include cartilage, corneas, skin, liver oil, and blood, many shark parts are often added into medicines and supplements too.

Again, the shark fins fetch the highest price because a pound of shark fin can cost $300 so depending on which numbers you believe, people will pay from a hundred dollars up to $2,000 for a bowl of shark fin soup.

Many fisherman can sell these fins for very high prices, so most times when a shark is captured, their fins are sliced off, then they're dumped back into the Ocean. Of course, without fins, a shark is unable to swim and subsequently dies.

Since much of the shark fin trade happens on the black market, true catch numbers are a mystery.

Also, the shark-fin market is a huge threat to the world’s shark populations.

Undoubtedly, human species are the #1 threat to all species of sharks.

It should be noted that attacks on humans are extremely rare.

Firstly, this group was inspired by our favourite documentary, Sharkwater (by the late Rob Stewart):

https://archive.org/details/Sharkwater.2006

(Remember to crank the volume up to the highest from the very start of this just 88 min clip)

Secondly, we're always working to educate the world into a kinder and more sustainable place, one Meetup at a time.

Thirdly, this compassionate group began with a focus on supporting joyful, non-violent, and ethical lifestyle choices.

Similarly, we're a group of friendly individuals interested in raising awareness for sharks as part of a fun and inclusive community.

In fact, any new members - even a person who has only a budding interest - are welcomed at all events.

Why not join us and come along to an event or two?

...most of what people heard about sharks, they heard from the media... - Rob Stewart

"...there is some deep-seeded psychological revulsion about the cold-eyed monster coming out of the deep and picking you into pieces –but that is The myth– not reality..." -Dr. Samuel Gruber, Shark Biologist

...the more time that I spent with sharks, the more I realized- that they're nothing like what we're told... - Rob Stewart

"...this monster that's misrepresented is actually a very shy, hesitant animal that has a hard time just like ANY other animal as well..." -Dr. Erich Ritter, Shark Behaviourist

...the one animal that we fear the most is actually the one WE cannot live without... - Rob Stewart

"...sharks have such bad reputation –they REALLY hardly bite– if you go into the statistics –they are Not the ones who bite the most – it's actually very hard to approach them. It's actually much easier to repel them than to actually reel them in. The main reason why many people are so afraid of them is basically because of the movie Jaws. The misconception is still floating around... media put all sharks as Jaws..." -Dr. Erich Ritter, Shark Behaviourist

... they're some of the MOST misunderstood species– they're INCREDIBLY shy animals ...they can feel my heart beat– they know if I'm enthused or scared– they're SO afraid of us that if I'm NOT calm – keeping my heart rate low– they won't come ANYWHERE near me... - Rob Stewart

...marine ecosystems have complex food webs. Sharks are top predators; altering their numbers has a big impact on other species that “cascades” through the entire system. As shark numbers decline, their prey species have increased (e.g. rays), who in turn are taking more of their own prey (e.g. scallops). As a result, many species of mollusks are rapidly declining... - Mike Rogers

... predators are fundamentally controlling the structure and the functioning of these ecosystems so basically if predators – that control a lot of the processes lower down in the food web – are cut off then such an important controlling agent is removed causing strong disturbances in the lower tropic level such as zooplankton and plants. The ocean is basically the life support system of the planet. To disturb that life support system in any major way is an unsafe thing... - Dr. Boris Worm, Dalhousie University Professor of Marine Conservation Biology

... many researchers are also seeing the ripple effects of dramatic shark declines in the Caribbean. Fish usually eaten by sharks are now increasing in number, such as groupers. Those predators feed on parrotfish, which in turn eat algae off coral reefs. The result? Too many groupers = too few parrotfish = too much algae. Consequently, these ripple effects are altering marine systems by limiting the resources available to all species that depend on coral reef habitats... - Mike Rogers

...shark populations have been decimated all over the world and the last sharks were found in just a few remaining sanctuaries... nobody noticed... everybody only wanted to save pandas, elephants, and bears, and the world was afraid of sharks... -Rob Stewart

...the vast majority of the time, sharks are safe for divers in open waters... (Rogers, 2015).

Rob Stewart's mother was "stressed" every day while he was filming while scuba diving underwater, but she said that she was more concerned about dangerous people from the industry he was exposing, instead of dangerous wildlife. (Glover, 2018)

Here are the fatal data per year.

Elephants and tigers: 100

Execution: 2,400

Illegal Drugs: 22,000

Road Accidents: 1,200,000

Sharks: only a total of 5 fatal accidents per year

Let there be peace in every bowl!

Upcoming events (2)

Meet n' Greet / Training

IKEA Richmond

Meet n' Greet / Training. Let's meet at the Richmond Ikea Cafeteria (top floor) Feel free to purchase food while we're there. We're be covering Outreach materials and training. Please Share this Meetup. Feel free to bring many friends.

Let's Help the Shark Conservation Outreach

Richmond

The Shark Conservation Outreach Let's educate others to help them refrain from having or serving shark fin soup, torturing sharks, and exterminating sharks. Saturday, 11am - 2pm: The Shark Conservation Outreach Please Share This Meetup. Feel free to bring many friends. Location to be announced

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