Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Florida - Crunchtime!

Hope for big Tigers like our Scarface!

The FWC is meeting in Key Largo.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Public Meeting
Key Largo Grande Resort and Beach Club
9700 South Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

November 16-17, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Go there and show your support!
So far, it looks good, meaning that in all likelihood, Florida will protect its Tigers and Hammerheads. The only possible setback would be if they did indeed institute a trophy tag like some have suggested, i.e. a way to continue killing trophy Sharks by purchasing a tag and thus paying a penalty. Think that having to pay extra would in any way deter the likes of Mark the Shark from servicing his VIP clients like Del Niro and Shaq?

Needless to say. the tag would directly counteract the purpose of the legislation.
Trophy Sharks are generally the biggest and oldest, and possibly even pregnant females and thus the most valuable animals.

More info here and here.
Fingers crossed!

PS Excellent news - just got an e-mail informing me that the Shark protection measures have passed - without the trophy tag!
Well deserved victory lap by the Shark Savers here.


Anonymous said...

Yes, it was a great day for sharks. It felt good to be there in Key Largo yesterday to be heard & to hear the Commissioners vote... YES! Cheers, Brooks Paxton II

DaShark said...

Indeed - and great to have you guys on board!

I've long noticed you conservation efforts - and although we certainly differ on the issue of game fishing for Sharks, I applaud you for always seeking pragmatic and consensus-based solutions!