Chinese and International Experts Make Recommendations at International Shark Conservation Meeting
In Beijing, on November 7th, 2006, experts on shark conservation, research and management from Australia, China, Singapore, United States and United Kingdom, participated in the International Shark Conservation Meeting in Beijing, China. After discussion, The experts reached the following consensus:
Sharks have swum the world's oceans for over 400 million years – long before the first dinosaurs appeared on land. They inhabit every ocean and play a vital role in the health of marine ecosystems, and they are considered of significant ecological, scientific, and economic value. Therefore, it is important to conserve sharks for marine ecology, the protection of biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable development. Throughout the world, sharks are being threatened due to human activity and need to be conserved by global efforts. The experts make the following recommendations:
1. To conserve sharks we should expand regional cooperation, enhance data collection and information exchange, and promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
2. Increase the funding for professional training, research activities, and the improvement of science and technology for shark conservation.
3. Actively conduct shark conservation activities, enhancing the management of shark fishing, minimizing by-catch and resource waste, promoting sustainable utilization.
4. Stop illegal fishing, strictly control coastal residential and industrial waste discharge, and protect the marine environment.
5. Improve awareness of marine ecosystem conservation, enhancing public education, and conserving sharks and their habitats.
The Earth is a blue planet. The sea is humanity's means of livelihood. The length and breadth of the sea has bred several thousand years of human culture. Let us collectively conserve our sharks, marine environment and share the deep blue sea with our marine species, to build a harmonious and glorious future between humans and nature.