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Cat fish replacing shark in the bake

Published: 
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today our national dish of shark and bake is now imported Guyan-ese cat fish and bake. Shark populations have been decimated. Other countries are responding, and so too can we. FFOS calls on the Government to take a position on this national crisis which can be reversed. Last week, Guam’s governor signed Bill 44 to ban shark finning after the proposal was unanimously passed by legislators. Guam is the third country to have recently banned the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins.
This practice has become more prevalent over the years because of the rise in popularity of shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. Worldwide, more than 70 million sharks are killed by finning each year and often the shark's body is disposed of in the sea alive, after the brutal process of cutting off the fin.

Here in T&T over 50 Asian industrial longline vessels (which berth at Sea Lots) hang thousands of fins to dry in the sun each day. These large sharks are caught offshore, before they are able to come inshore to reproduce. Guam must be the model for the future of shark preservation in T&T. Sharks are vital for the ocean’s ecosystem. As soon as you start to take out an important part of the food chain, eventually it’s going to collapse without that vital link. It is essential that we preserve these amazing creatures and not let them be destroyed in this horrible and wasteful practice. Our Government has a mandate to return this country to sustainable and regulated harvesting. This activity cannot be sustained. We are proud of Guam’s decision and lend our full support to our Minister Vasant Bharath so that he will lead us in their progressive footsteps.

Terrence Beddoe
President
Gary Aboud
Secretary, FFOS