Shark Fin Free Calgary is a non-profit, grassroots organization that was founded by a group of concerned Calgarians in June 2011.
Comprised of five board members and a diverse group of dedicated volunteers, Shark Fin Free Calgary is advocating for healthy sustainable ocean ecosystems and building awareness about the serious environmental impacts and health implications associated with the shark finning industry.
Working with the public and city council, Shark Fin Free Calgary has a mission to get a municipal bylaw passed on the sale, possession and consumption of shark fin products in the city of Calgary, in hopes of decreasing the worldwide demand for shark fin products. We believe that Calgary can be the first city in western Canada to ban shark fin products which can, in turn, create the momentum needed to perpetuate a provincial and, ultimately, a federal ban in Canada.
Shark conservation is an immense challenge because sharks are being fished out of the water by the millions each month and cannot reproduce fast enough to overcome this excessive fishing. Two-thirds of
our planet is covered by ocean and the other third by countries that cannot afford to effectively police them. Sharks are already gone in many areas of the world where they were once abundant. The pressures against sharks continue relentlessly, largely in part because of the market demand for their fins. In light of this, there are increasing signs of hope as the recent actions of individuals and organizations worldwide have resulted in gradually driving positive change. Shark Fin Free Calgary strives to be part of this positive change.
Let’s make Calgary, shark fin free!
To end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.
The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth $5 – $10 billion (USD) per year and has drastically reduced many wildlife populations around the world. Just like the drug trade, law and enforcement efforts have not been able to resolve the problem. Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent protecting animals in the wild, yet virtually nothing is spent on stemming the demand for wildlife parts and products. WildAid is the only organization focused on reducing the demand for these products, with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too.
Sien Lok Society of Calgary
The Sien Lok Society of Calgary (“Sien Lok” [pronounced 'seen lock']), is providing local support for the global “Shark Fin Free Initiative” by seeking action from Calgary City Council and Calgary-area merchants to see the rapid elimination of shark products from restaurant menus and shops.
Mr. Kevin Wong, President of Sien Lok stated, “As a progressive Chinese-Canadian cultural society, whose aim is to preserve and promote Asian culture in Canada, we believe that culture must adapt over time. Given scientific concerns regarding the health hazards of high-mercury concentrations in shark fin meat, and the broad scientific and severe ecological concern for shark species survival, we believe that the time has come for immediate action on this issue.”
Sien Lok states it is ready to assist Calgary City Council and Calgary-area merchants in an educational initiative to accelerate awareness of the issues surrounding shark fin product consumption and sales; and are also asking Calgary City Council to enact the rapid legislative phasing-out of shark fin products from the City of Calgary. full press release