No Limits? Stop uncontrolled shark fishing

by paul@sharktrust.org in Plymouth

Blue Sharks are fished without catch limits. Let's safeguard the future of sharks and end uncontrolled fishing.

by paul@sharktrust.org in Plymouth

We did it
On 4th May 2016 we successfully raised £16,259 with 383 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

Yes, we made it to £15,000 - Thank you everyone who has got us to here

Thanks so much to everyone that has pledged so far. We will be taking the No Limits? Blue Shark campaign to London and Brussels, representing the need for catch limits on Blue Sharks to the EU ministers.

Let's keep it up...

Let's keep going so that we can get support from all over Europe.  We'd like to take the campaign to more countries - every penny helps us spread the word.   Please help us with the funds we need to make an even bigger impact across Europe and get the No Limits? message into Europe in the languages that count.

Please pledge, share, talk about the project and help us make uncontrolled shark fishing a thing of the past.

 




The plight of the ocean's Blue Sharks was highlighted in
the Britain's Sharks ITV documentary presented by Ben Fogle and Ellie Harrison on Good Friday. The idea behind this Crowdfunder campaign is to take the Shark Trust's No Limits? campaign into Europe, and create a series of impactful pop-up Blue Shark events in targeted European cities. By doing this we aim to gain the support we need to boost the political will to end uncontrolled shark fishing in Europe and beyond, and we know the Crowd can get us there.

*Of all the sharks landed by EU vessels from the Atlantic and Med; UK, France, Spain and Portugal account for 95% 

 



Blue Sharks, like too many other shark species, continue to be fished without catch limits. This means that shark fisheries are not being adequately controlled to allow for sustainable management. Sustainable seafood is part of our everyday life now yet currently sharks remain outside of the drive for sustainable futures.

The Shark Trust's No Limits? campaign, launched by BAFTA-winning English naturalist and campaign ambassador Steve Backshall in 2014, was established to end unsustainable shark fishing in Europe, setting the standard for the rest of the world to follow.


Our pop-up events will take the No Limits? campaign into the heart of key European cities this summer, engaging the public and securing political support for the EU to deliver effective Blue Shark management.

By October it will arrive in the European Parliament, Brussels, presenting the case and cementing the support of Members of the European Parliament.

Back in the UK, No Limits? will urge Member State
s to further commit to stopping uncontrolled shark fishing on the high seas.

Our funding target is set at £15,000, but we are aiming to reach our ultimate total of £30,000 to achieve everything we want to this year. This is what we'll do with the money:

  • £15,000 will allow us to create impact, engage the press and public in London and deliver a substantial package to the European Parliament in Brussels in October.

  • £20,000 will extend the roadshow to Madrid along with language translation to allow placement of campaign
    materials in key public buildings for three months.
  • £30,000 will allow us to cover four countries, including the key shark fishing states of France, Spain and Portugal.

Every penny counts, the more we get, the more buzz we can create and the further we can take the No Limits? campaign. Pledge your support, and help us spread the word on social media.



 


Almost one in every three sharks recorded from global fisheries is a Blue Shark. The last decade saw a three-fold increase in Blue Shark landings from the Atlantic – 80% of which were landed by EU vessels, Spain alone responsible for 82% of the EU haul. Ever-increasing pressure is clearly not sustainable and continuation of this level of fishing, without management, will lead to problems not only for the species but also for those people who rely on our oceans for food security.

* Blue Sharks represent 27% of sharks that are caught, landed and recorded to at least family level
in 2014 (FAO).


This is a far from hopeless situation. We know how to safeguard the future of these beautiful and vital animals: success is within our grasp if European nations act now to impose effective, science-based catch limits on their vessels in the Atlantic.

Today we have a choice about whether Blue Sharks retain their rightful place in our ocean but, without significant change now, we could see them go the way of other now-endangered species.



Thanks to the overwhelming support of the public, the UK is now leading the call within Europe for catch limits for European vessels and beyond, but we have to make sure that European citizens have a single voice. We need to take the No Limits? campaign into Europe, through a series of pop-up events in key cities over the summer of 2016. We will extend the political will for change and demonstrate that people across the major fishing countries all agree that No Limits makes No Sense. Let's end uncontrolled shark fishing, NOW.


Available until 25 April on ITV Hub, Britain's Sharks sees Ben Fogle and Ellie Harrison go in search of Britain's whales and sharks. In an ambitious operation, Ben and Ellie return the body of a humpback whale to the sea and reveal how the death of these marine giants can trigger a feeding frenzy to match. With over 200 blue sharks attending the feast, it marks the greatest gathering ever in UK waters. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A special certificate of thanks from the Shark Trust for your supporting the Shark Trust's No Limits? crowdfund campaign for

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£10 Reward

A straight donation to the campaign. If you prefer this option, please just enter the amount you'd like to donate and Gift Aid it if you can. Thank you for your generosity...

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5 of 4 claimed

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"An Illustrated Guide to Sharks of the World" signed by the illustrator, Marc Dando. Donated by Wild Nature Press.

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Adult tickets to London Sealife. Kindly donated by London Sealife

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Special kids Blue Shark T-Shirt - "I Love Blue Sharks"

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A special edition shark adoption pack from the Shark Trust, exclusive to campaign

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A limited edition Shark Trust No Limits? t-shirt

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"Wilds of the Wolf" action thriller novel by Steve Backshall - Signed by the author.

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"Tiger Wars" action adventure novel by Steve Backshall - signed by the author.

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An "Illustrated Guide to Sharks of the World" signed by the illustrator, Marc Dando.

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Fossil Box: A set of four labelled boxes of fossils. Box size 5.5 x 7.5cm. A good example in each box.

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"Steve Backshall's Wildlife Adventurer's Guide" - signed by Steve

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A copy of "The UK Great White Shark Enigma" by Richard Peirce, one of the first 10 off the press, signed by the author. Donated by Richard Peirce.

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Sharks and People: Exploring Our Relationship with the Most Feared Fish in the Sea by Thomas Peschak. National Geographic contributor and acclaimed wildlife photographer Thomas Peschak presents stunning photographs that capture the relationship between people and sharks around the globe. Kindly donated by Save Our Seas Foundation.

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Signed copy of John Bantin's "Shark Bytes" signed by the author. Kindly donated by Fernhurst Books/ John Bantin.

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A copy of the Britain's Sharks DVD, signed by the presenters Ben Fogle and Ellie Harrison. Donated by Big Wave Productions.

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An invitation to the "Night of the Sharks" event on 15 July 2016, at the National Marine Aquarium inPlymouth. Meet the Shark Trust team, join presentations from Shark experts and a get a unique preview of the new "Jawsome" exhibition launching this summer.

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Skate and Ray ID Guides. Expert guides to all British skates and rays. Produced by the Shark Trust in 2010, the ever-popular definitive guide comes in loose-leaf packs with waterproof pages. Illustrated by Marc Dando, each page features information on biology, habitat, identification and commercial importance for an individual species. Also featuring Eggcase ID pages for Great Eggcase Hunters. Available to the public for the first time, this edition is now out of production and these are the last few copies in stock.

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Oh, Dakuwaqa No Limits? Blues Band cartoon. Specially designed by shark cartoonist extraordinaire Anju Sabu just for this campaign, Limited edition numbered print.

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Family entry and shark feed experience at Blue Reef Newquay. Two adults plus up to 3 children. Donated by Blue Reef.

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Family ticket and turtle feeding experience at Bristol Aquarium. Two adults plus 2 children. Donated by Bristol Aquarium.

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A copy of "Sharks of the World", the definitive illustrated guide to sharks signed by Sarah Fowler and Marc Dando Donated by Wild Nature Press.

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Shark ID Guides. Expert guides to all British and Northeast Atlantic sharks. Produced by the Shark Trust in 2010, the ever-popular definitive guide comes in loose-leaf packs with waterproof pages. Illustrated by Marc Dando, each page features information on biology, habitat, identification and commercial importance for an individual species. Available to the public for the first time, this edition is now out of production and these are the last few copies in stock.

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Sharks by Michael Muller. Michael Muller has carved a career out of impressive encounters. Famed for his portraits of the world’s most elite actors, musicians, and sports stars, he has in the last decade built up one of the most spectacular portfolios of underwater shark photography. This substantial and beautiful book will be the pride of any shark lovers coffee table. Kindly donated by Taschen.

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Shark Trust annual membership (adult), special edition with free T-Shirt and extra Blue Shark content in welcome pack.

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£75 Reward

A Marc Dando Blue Shark illustration , numbered limited edition SRA3 (48 x 33 cm) print signed by the artist. Donated by Wild Nature Press.

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£100 holiday voucher for "Blue O Two" towards cost of a fantastic diving holiday, or spent onboard Blue O Two fleet vessels

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A Shark cage diving experience with Newquay Sea Safaris (terms and conditions apply). Donated by Newquay Sea Safaris.

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Vouchers for Paintballing adventures. Entitles holder to 10 sessions at centres across UK.

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Snorkel with Sharks experience for two people at London Sealife. Includes priority admission, behind the scenes tour, instruction and equipment. Participants must be minimum 1.3m tall.

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Fossilised Megalodon Shark's tooth. Great size tooth, with worn serrations. Age: 20 million years. Size: Approx. 13.5cm. from root to tip, measuring along the edge.

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£750 Reward

Shark Trust Life Membership. We're creating 10 exclusive life membership packs for lifelong support for the campaign. Strictly limited, includes "Shark Focus" magazine and other membership benefits for the life of the donor

£1,250 or more

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Original artwork from British Sharks Poster. Exclusive and very rare. One only available. Illustrated by the renowned illustrator Marc Dando and kindly donated by Marc and Wild Nature Press.


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