Sharks in Western Australia (WA) are a hot topic over the web, especially on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. There are numerous petitions going around trying to save the sharks in this part of the world…and it’s not for finning…it’s to protect them from being killed by Australian government contractors because, apparently, they pose a threat to humans…a less than 1% chance of attacking humans.
Like so many bird species, humans flock to warmer areas once the cold proves too much to handle. Some of the most popular spots to vacation during the winter are beaches — Miami, Baja California, the Caribbean, Cancun, and more. Often times, in the excitement of the prospect of going somewhere sunny and warm, we plan to maximize our enjoyment but forget to plan so that our environmental impact is minimal. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your trip and lessen your impact on the ocean and the environment!
We all know sharks are in trouble. For most of you, I probably don’t have to tell you that there are over 273 million sharks killed worldwide, which includes 100 million sharks dying for the ever so popular shark fin soup. Shark fin soup is not the only problem, a study estimating the number of shark deaths a year found that 1 in 15 sharks dies every year from fishing. That’s a staggering number!
Speak Up For Blue is all about conservation of the Ocean. That is the focus of this site, pure and simple. While you are on this site you will learn all the different ways you can help conserve the Ocean, it’s species, and their habitats. But what is conservation? What does it really mean?
Ocean Conservation is needed all over the world as oceans are being affected by issues like plastic pollution, overfishing, coastal development, and climate change (sea level rise, increased sea temperatures, and ocean acidification). Governments, organizations, and ocean leaders from all over the world are trying to make the Ocean healthier through education, raising awareness, and inspiring people to take action.