PangeaSeed, a Japan-based nonprofit organization, is ramping up its inaugural activities in Tokyo this summer with events tailored to spotlight the organization’s dedication to increasing awareness of the plight of sharks.
Of the 400 shark species, more than 100 are endangered, with many species so over-exploited, it may be impossible for them to recover. The events will showcase the issues surrounding shark finning in Asia and other parts of the world, where sharks are killed to satisfy culinary and medicinal demand. In finning, it is common to cut the fin from a still-living shark, then discard the rest, as the fin is worth many times over the shark as a whole.
PangeaSeed will host a booth at the 2009 Fuji Rock Festival’s NGO Village on July 24 - 26, 2009, and will host its own event called “No Fin, No Future” on July 30, 2009 at Super Deluxe in Nishi Azabu. Among the many highlights of the event, guests will enjoy a screening of the international award-winning documentary, “Sharkwater.” Some of Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng’s shark photography will also be on display.