Stop het ontvinnen van haaien – Stop de handel

Het EU-burgerinitiatief

Het Europees burgerinitiatief(EBI) is de meest directe manier om een concrete wijziging van wetgeving voor te leggen aan de Europese Commissie. Dit in tegenstelling tot een petitie voorgesteld door het petitie comité van het Europese Parlement.

Sinds 2012 hebben Europees staatsburgers het recht om via het Europees burgerinitiatief zicht rechtstreeks te wenden tot de Europese commissie en een amendement in te dienen voor een wetswijziging.

Om dit te realiseren moet er eerst een comité gevormd worden bestaande uit minimaal zeven leden uit zeven verschillende landen van de EU. De Europese Commissie beoordeelt vervolgens of het comité aan de eisen voldoet. Als dit het geval krijgt een burgercommissie een jaar de tijd om 1 miljoen handtekeningen te verzamelen.

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Stop het ontvinnen van haaien – Stop de handel

Het aantal haaien dat jaarlijks wordt gedood is enorm, hoeveel exact is moeilijk te zeggen, maar schattingen lopen uiteen van grofweg 63 tot 273 miljoen. Helaas is er een groot gebrek aan controle op de reguliere visserij en daarnaast wordt er ook op grote schaal illegaal op haaien gevist. Zelfs als de laagste schatting het geval zou zijn dat blijft het een onvoorstelbaar aantal. Haaien zijn in groot gevaar, en daarmee de aquatische ecosystemen als geheel. Haaienvinnen worden vooral in Azië gegeten, hier wordt voor deze ‘delicatesse’ grof geld betaalt. Zo kan een bord soep met slechts een paar gram haaienvin wel €90,- kosten. €90,- voor een bord dierenleed wel te verstaan.

En dierenleed is nog zacht uitgedrukt, de haaien worden namelijk levend en bij vol bewustzijn aan boord gehaald. Dan worden (zonder ook maar enige verdoving) de vinnen van ze af gesneden en wordt de rest van het nog levende dier terug gegooid in de oceaan. Omdat de rest van het vlees niet genoeg ‘waarde’ zou hebben. De haaien zinken naar de bodem en bloeden dood, stikken, of worden levend opgegeten door andere dieren.

En deze handel gebeurt dus ook gewoon in Europese wateren.

Sinds 2013 is er een wet genaamd‘Fins Naturally Attached’. Hierdoor  is het verboden om op schepen in Europese wateren haaienvinnen op te slaan, over te laden of binnen te halen. Haaien mogen dus alleen op een schip zijn met de vinnen eraan. Echter, wanneer een schip aan wal gaat mogen de vinnen verwijderd worden en wordt een groot deel ervan geëxporteerd naar Azië.

Deze wetgeving is niet voldoende om haaien te beschermen. Daarom wordt het hoog tijd om te zorgen dat deze wet wordt aangepast. En daar hebben wij jouw hulp bij nodig!

1 IUCN Shark Specialist Group, Frequently Asked Questions: Sharks, Rays, and chimaeras; https://www.iucnssg.org/faqs.html.
2 Kimley, Peter A. Peter, The Biology of Sharks and Rays, 2013, S. 451.
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Initiatiefnemers #stopfinningEU

“With this initiative we as citizens have the chance to speak out against illegal finning and catching of sharks purely for their fins. The trading of fins from Europe must stop!”

Nils is a shark conservation activist and scuba diving instructor. He has been diving with sharks around the world and experienced both their beauty and meaning for marine ecosystems as well as the threats humans pose to their existence. Nils is working for Sharkproject, an international initiative for shark conservation.

Nils Kluger

Germany, Spokesperson

“Sharks are the most underappreciated animals in the oceans, sheer perfection and beauty. The importance of sharks in the eco-system is fundamental in the survival of the oceans; we need to step up our measures to protect sharks.”

Alex is the CEO of Sea Shepherd Global. Through his work for Sea Shepherd he has witnessed first hand the devastating effects of shark fishing on shark populations worldwide. He has also had the privilege to dive with sharks in many remote areas.

Alex Cornelissen

Netherlands, Substitute Spokesperson

“Many of these species have local or global protections and this petition and the legislation it represents would help really enforce measures put in place to preserve these rapidly disappearing sharks”.

Andrew is a marine biologist and university lecturer in the UK. Some of his recent research has shown that endangered sharks are on sale in the EU, including shark fins from beautiful animals such as hammerhead and mako sharks.

Griffiths_Andrew– Andrew Griffith, United Kingdom

Julian Engel is a marine ecologist and fisheries analyst, who has worked in the context of illegal fishing in Honduras, West Africa and South-East-Asia. His work incorporates not only the ecosystem but also the integration of socioeconomics in sustainability.

As the co-founder of the NGO Stop Finning, he creates advocacy on the crucial role that sharks play in healthy ecosystems and the sustainability of our oceans.

Julian_EngelJulian Engel, Great Britain

“Sharks have been present on earth for nearly half a billion years, currently are declining in alarming numbers. It is our duty to ensure their survival for the future generations and the EU must be on the frontline”

Ioannis is a shark conservationist working with elasmobranchs throughout the Mediterranean, focusing on illegal fishing and trade. Ioannis is currently working in Greece and Cyprus on different projects aiming to safeguard the future of elasmobranchs in the Mediterranean

Ioannis-Giovos– Ioannis Giovos, Greece

“Shark numbers all over the world have been decreasing for decades. Most species take many years to reach sexual maturity and reproduce, making these animals particularly vulnerable to overfishing. For many years now the EU has dismissed scientists’ warnings and recommendations, but that has to stop. I joined this initiative because sharks need our help and I believe stopping the fin trade is a step in the right direction. Together, we can do it!”

Luís Alves has an MSc in Applied Biotechnology and is a biology PhD candidate at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. His research is focused on the study of the effects of pollution in sharks found in Portuguese waters. He has also worked as a fisheries observer and is the current president of the Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranchs (APECE).

Luis-Alves– Luís Alves, Portugal

“Since a couple of decades, and especially due to an increased market demand for shark fins, overfishing and many other human activities, many sharks species have been driven to the rim of extinction. I believe we all must do our best to create awareness as of the importance of sharks for the balance of all marine biodiversity and, consequently for the entire planet.”

Conservationist, environmentalist, shark expert, specialised in shark diver training and in shark advocation. Fernando Frias Reis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute which he founded in 2016.

Fernando-Reis– Fernando Reis, Spain

Chrysoula is a molecular biologist who is based at the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI), Nea Peramos, Greece. Dr. Gubili gained her PhD in the population genetics of the Great White in 2009 and has a very longstanding interest in chondrichthyan biology.

She is a newly appointed researcher at the FRI and she has been recently appointed as head of the “Elasmobranch Database” of the Greek National Program of Data Collection in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors for the Northern Aegean Sea.

Gubili_Chrysoula– Dr. Chrysoula Gubili, Greece

Monica is in the process of finishing her Master’s in Aquatic Ecology at Lund University (Sweden) and has mainly focused on marine environments.

She is fascinated by the ocean and all the life found within. She supports the citizens’ initiative because sharks are misunderstood and feared, but in truth they are of the utmost importance to marine life and ecosystems, and they should not disappear simply because humans are greedy.

Monica-GabellMonica Gabell, Sweden

Veerle is a diver, ocean lover and sharks are on top of her bucket-encounter-list: Diving is her religion, the ocean her church and sharks are the chief priests.

She has been working with many organizations (Shark Angels, Sea Save Foundation and others) and has her own: The Global Shark Conservation Initiative, which has initiated many letter campaigns to authorities, supermarkets and restaurants in order to get more protection for sharks. This campaign is important to her, as we should do everything within our power to stop sharks from being slaughtered at today’s rate.

Veerle Roelandt– Veerle Roelandt, Italy

Katrien Vandevelde is a passionate diver with the soul of an activist.

Over the last 15 years she has worked as a board member, a communications officer and a volunteer for multiple NGO’s, where she initiated and implemented, or assisted in the execution of grassroots projects. Then, along with her husband, she founded BlueShark Conservation, an NGO focussed on raising awareness and on assisting international NGO’s during their shark or ocean conservation campaigns.

Katrien-Vandevelde– Katrien Vandevelde, Belgium


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