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#1 adamhanlon

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:56 AM

Hi all,

There is actually a written declaration in circulation with the EU Commission at present, which:

“Calls on the Commission to deliver a proposal to prohibit the removal of shark fins on-board vessels by the second anniversary of the Community Plan of Action for Sharks (February 2011).”


If the Written Declaration is signed by a majority of the MEPs, it is endorsed by the Plenary and forwarded to the institutions named in the text (the EU Commission in our case) together with the names of the signatories.

Currently the Declaration has 329 signatories, and needs another 40 by 20 December in order to be endorsed. Project AWARE is maintaining a list of MEP signatories, and also has email templates to send to your MEPs urging them to sign. Please take the few minutes it takes to do so.

EU fishing vessels account for one in three shark fins in the trade, and this is a real chance to stop them.

After you have written to your MEP, please take a few minutes to write the EC Fisheries dept. For more information, please read here:
http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=39053


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Posted 11 December 2010 - 07:25 AM

Here is a partial list of MEPs (in the countries most of our members are from) that haven't signed on. If you don't see your country listed, you can find it here:

United Kingdom:
Mr Agnew John Stuart EFD United Kingdom johnstuart.agnew@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Andreasen Marta EFD United Kingdom marta.andreasen@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Batten Gerard EFD United Kingdom gerard.batten@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bloom Godfrey EFD United Kingdom godfrey.bloom@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bradbourn Philip ECR United Kingdom philip.bradbourn@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Callanan Martin ECR United Kingdom martin.callanan@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Campbell Bannerman David EFD United Kingdom david.campbellbannerman@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Chichester Giles ECR United Kingdom giles.chichester@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Clark Derek Roland EFD United Kingdom derekroland.clark@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Deva Nirj ECR United Kingdom nirj.deva@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Elles James ECR United Kingdom james.elles@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Farage Nigel EFD United Kingdom nigel.farage@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Girling Julie ECR United Kingdom julie.girling@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Hannan Daniel ECR United Kingdom daniel.hannan@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Kirkhope Timothy ECR United Kingdom timothy.kirkhope@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Moraes Claude S&D United Kingdom claude.moraes@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Nuttal Paul EFD United Kingdom paul.nuttall@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Swinburne Kay ECR United Kingdom kay.swinburne@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Yannakoudakis Marina ECR United Kingdom marina.yannakoudakis@europarl.europa.eu

Italy:
Ms Alfano Sonia ALDE Italy sonia.alfano@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Allam Magdi Cristiano EPP Italy magdicristiano.allam@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Angelilli Roberta EPP Italy roberta.angelilli@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Antinoro Antonello EPP Italy antonello.antinoro@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Antoniozzi Alfredo EPP Italy alfredo.antoniozzi@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Arlacchi Pino ALDE Italy pino.arlacchi@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Baldassarre Raffaele EPP Italy raffaele.baldassarre@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bartolozzi Paolo EPP Italy paolo.bartolozzi@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Berlato Sergio EPP Italy sergio.berlato@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Berlinguer Luigi S&D Italy luigi.berlinguer@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Bizotto Mara EFD Italy mara.bizotto@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bonsignore Vito EPP Italy vito.bonsignore@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Borghezio Mario EFD Italy mario.borghezio@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Borsellino Rita S&D Italy rita.borsellino@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Cancian Antonio EPP Italy antonio.cancian@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Casini Carlo EPP Italy carlo.casini@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Collino Giovanni EPP Italy giovanni.collino@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Costa Silvia S&D Italy silvia.costa@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Cozzolino Andrea S&D Italy andrea.cozzolino@europarl.europa.eu
Mr De Mita Luigi Ciriaco EPP Italy luigiciriaco.demita@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Domenici Leonardo S&D Italy leonardo.domenici@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Dorfmann Herbert EPP Italy herbert.dorfmann@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Fidanza Carlo EPP Italy carlo.fidanza@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Gardini Elisabetta EPP Italy elisabetta.gardini@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Gualtieri Roberto S&D Italy roberto.gualtieri@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Iacolino Salvatore EPP Italy salvatore.iacolino@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Iovine Vincenzo ALDE Italy vincenzo.iovine@europarl.europa.eu
Mr La Via Giovanni EPP Italy giovanni.lavia@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Mauro Mario EPP Italy mario.mauro@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Mazzoni Erminia EPP Italy erminia.mazzoni@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Patriciello Aldo EPP Italy aldo.patriciello@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Pirillo Mario S&D Italy mario.pirillo@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Rivellini Crescenzio EPP Italy crescenzio.rivellini@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Ronzulli Licia EPP Italy licia.ronzulli@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Salatto Potito EPP Italy potito.salatto@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Salvini Matteo EFD Italy matteo.salvini@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Sassoli David Maria S&D Italy david.sassoli@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Scurria Marco EPP Italy marco.scurria@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Speroni Francesco Enrico EFD Italy francescoenrico.speroni@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Susta Gianluca S&D Italy gianluca.susta@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Zanicchi Iva EPP Italy iva.zanicchi@europarl.europa.eu

Germany:

Mr Balz Burkhard EPP Germany burkhard.balz@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Böge Reimer EPP Germany reimer.boege@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Brantner Franziska Katherina Greens/EFA Germany franziska.brantner@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Brok Elmar EPP Germany elmar.brok@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bullmann Udo S&D Germany udo.bullmann@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bütikofer Reinhard Greens/EFA Germany reinhard.buetikofer@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Caspary Daniel EPP Germany daniel.caspary@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Chatzimarkakis Jorgo ALDE Germany jorgo.chatzimarkakis@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Creutzmann Jürgen ALDE Germany jurgen.creutzmann@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Dess Albert EPP Germany albert.dess@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Ehler Christian EPP Germany christian.ehler@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Ernst Cornelia GUE Germany cornelia.ernst@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Ertug Ismael S&D Germany ismail.ertug@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Ferber Markus EPP Germany markus.ferber@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Fleckenstein Knut S&D Germany knut.fleckenstein@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Gahler Michael EPP Germany michael.gahler@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Gebhardt Evelyne S&D Germany evelyne.gebhardt@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Geier Jens S&D Germany jens.geier@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Glante Norbert S&D Germany norbet.glante@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Grässle Ingeborg EPP Germany ingeborg.grassle@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Groote Matthias S&D Germany matthias.groote@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Händel Thomas GUE Germany thomas.haendel@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Haug Jutta S&D Germany jutta.haug@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Hirsch Nadja ALDE Germany nadja.hirsch@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Hohlmeier Monika EPP Germany monika.hohlmeier@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Jeggle Elisabeth EPP Germany elisabeth.jeggle@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Kammerevert Petra S&D Germany petra.kammerevert@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Kastler Martin EPP Germany martin.kastler@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Klass Christa EPP Germany christa.klass@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Klinz Wolf ALDE Germany wolf.klinz@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Koch Dieter-Lebrecht EPP Germany dieter-lebrecht.koch@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Koch-Mehrin Silvana ALDE Germany silvana.koch-mehrin@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Krahmer Holger ALDE Germany holger.krahmer@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Krehl Constanze S&D Germany constanze.krehl@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Kuhn Werner EPP Germany werner.kuhn@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Lambsdorff Alexander Graf ALDE Germany alexandergraf.lambsdorff@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Lange Bernd S&D Germany bernd.lange@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Langen Werner EPP Germany werner.langen@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Lechner Kurt EPP Germany kurt.lechner@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Lehne Klaus-Heiner EPP Germany klaus-heiner.lehner@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Liese Peter EPP Germany peter.liese@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Lochbihler Barbara Elisabeth Greens/EFA Germany barbara.lochbihler@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Lösing Sabine GUE Germany sabine.loesing@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Mann Thomas EPP Germany thomas.mann@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Mayer Hans-Peter EPP Germany hans-peter.mayer@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Neuser Norbert S&D Germany norbet.neuser@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Niebler Angelika EPP Germany angelika.niebler@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Pack Doris EPP Germany doris.pack@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Pieper Markus EPP Germany markus.pieper@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Posselt Bernd EPP Germany mail@bernd-posselt.de
Mr Pöttering Hans-Gert EPP Germany hans-gert.poettering@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Quisthoudt-Rowohl Godelieve EPP Germany godelieve.quisthoudt-rowohl@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Rapkay Bernhard S&D Germany bernhard.rapkay@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Reimers Britta ALDE Germany britta.reimers@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Reul Herbert EPP Germany herbert.reul@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Rodust Ulrike S&D Germany ulrike.rodust@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Schnellhardt Horst EPP Germany horst.schnellhardt@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Schnieber-Jastram Birgit EPP Germany birgit.schnieber-jastram@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Schulz Martin S&D Germany martin.schulz@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Schulz Werner Gustav Greens/EFA Germany werner.schulz@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Schwab Andreas EPP Germany andreas.schwab@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Simon Peter S&D Germany peter.simon@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Sippel Birgit S&D Germany birgit.sippel@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Steinruck Jutta S&D Germany jutta.steinruck@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Thein Alexandra ALDE Germany alexandra.thein@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Theurer Michael ALDE Germany michael.theurer@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Trüpel Helga Greens/EFA Germany helga.truepel@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Ulmer Thomas EPP Germany thomas.ulmer@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Voss Axel EPP Germany axel.voss@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Weber Manfred EPP Germany manfred.weber@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Weiler Barbara S&D Germany barbara.weiler@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Weisgerber Anja EPP Germany anja.weisgerber@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Westphal Kerstin S&D Germany kerstin.westphal@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Wieland Rainer EPP Germany rainer.wieland@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Winkler Hermann EPP Germany hermann.winkler@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Zeller Joachim EPP Germany joachim.zeller@europarl.europa.eu

France:

Mr Arif Kader S&D France kader.arif@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Audy Jean-Pierre EPP France jean-pierre.audy@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Baudis Dominique EPP France dominique.baudis@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Benarab-Attou Malika Greens/EFA France malika.benarab-attou@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Bérès Pervenche S&D France pervenche.beres@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Briard Auconie Sophie EPP France sophie.auconie@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Castex Françoise S&D France francoise.castex@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Cavada Jean-Marie EPP France jean-marie.cavada@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Cohn-Bendit Daniel Greens/EFA France daniel.cohn-bendit@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Danjean Arnoud EPP France arnaud.danjean@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Dantin Michel EPP France michel.dantin@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Dati Rachida EPP France rachida.dati@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Daul Joseph EPP France joseph.daul@europarl.europa.eu
Ms de Sarnez Marielle ALDE France marielle.desarnez@europarl.europa.eu
Ms de Veyrac Christine EPP France christine.deveyrac@europarl.europa.eu
Mr de Villiers Philippe NI France philippe.devilliers@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Désir Harlem S&D France harlem.desir@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Gallo Marielle EPP France marielle.gallo@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Goulard Sylvie ALDE France sylvie.goulard@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Grelier Estelle S&D France estelle.grelier@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Griesbeck Nathalie ALDE France nathalie.griesbeck@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Gruny Pascale EPP France pascale.gruny@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Guillaume Sylvie S&D France sylvie.guillaume@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Hénin Jacky GUE France jacky.henin@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Hoang-Ngoc Liem S&D France liem.hoangngoc@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Joly Eva Greens/EFA France eva.joly@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Juvin Philippe EPP France philippe.juvin@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Lamassoure Alain EPP France alain.lamassoure@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Le Foll Stéphane S&D France stephane.lefoll@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Le Grip Constance EPP France constance.legrip@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Le Hyaric Patrick GUE France patrick.lehyaric@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Mathieu Véronique EPP France veronique.mathieu@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Mélenchon Jean-Luc GUE France jean-luc.melenchon@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Morin-Chartier Elisabeth EPP France elisabeth.morin-chartier@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Pargneaux Gilles S&D France gilles.pargneaux@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Rochefort Robert ALDE France robert.rochefort@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Saïfi Tokia EPP France tokia.saifi@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Sanchez-Schmid Marie-Thérèse EPP France marie-therese.sanchez-schmid@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Soullie Catherine EPP France catherine.soullie@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Tirolien Patrice S&D France patrice.tirolien@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Vergiat Marie-Christine GUE France marie-christine.vergiat@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Vlasto Dominique EPP France dominique.vlasto@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Abad Damien EPP France damien.abad@europarl.europa.eu

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 10:03 AM

I mailed all dutch EPs that havent signed the declaration. It takes a few minutes, and if enough of us do this, they can't just ignore it.
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Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:05 AM

Estonia is still missing two signatures...
E-mailed both of them - now getting my friends and family to send some e-mails.

Only in Malta and Slovenia have all the MEP's signed the declaration. We still have a long way to go.
Let's see who places third with 100% :)

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:17 AM

Here is the list of MEPs who have not committed for the

Netherlands:

Mr Belder Bastiaan EFD Netherlands bastiaan.belder@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Berman Thijs S&D Netherlands thijs.berman@europarl.europa.eu
Ms In 't Veld Sophie ALDE Netherlands sophie.intveld@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Madlener Barry NI Netherlands barry.madlener@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Manders Toine ALDE Netherlands toine.manders@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Oomen-Ruijten Ria EPP Netherlands ria.oomen-ruijten@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Stassen Laurence NI Netherlands laurence.stassen@europarl.europa.eu
Mr van Baalen Hans ALDE Netherlands hans.vanbaalen@europarl.europa.eu
Mr van Dalen Peter ECR Netherlands peter.vandalen@europarl.europa.eu
Mr van de Camp Wim EPP Netherlands wim.vandecamp@europarl.europa.eu
Mr van der Stoep Daniel NI Netherlands daniel.vanderstoep@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Wortmann-Kool Corien EPP Netherlands corien.wortmann@europarl.europa.eu

Spain:

Ms Andres Barea Josefa S&D Spain josefa.andresbarea@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Arias Echeverría Pablo EPP Spain pablo.ariasecheverria@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Ayala Sender Inés S&D Spain ines.ayalasender@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Ayuso Pilar EPP Spain pilar.ayuso@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Badia i Cutchet Maria S&D Spain maria.badiaicutchet@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Bilbao Barandica Izaskun ALDE Spain izaskun.bilbaobarandica@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Cercas Alejandro S&D Spain alejandro.cercas@europarl.europa.eu
Ms del Castillo Vera Pilar EPP Spain pilar.delcastillo@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Díaz de Mera García Consuegra Agustín EPP Spain agustin.diazdemera@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Estaras Ferragut Rosa EPP Spain rosa.estaras@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Fraga Estévez Carmen EPP Spain carmen.fragaestevez@europarl.europa.eu
Mr García Pérez Iratxe S&D Spain iratxe.garcia-perez@europarl.europa.eu
Mr García-Margallo y Marfil José Manuel EPP Spain josemanuel.garcia-margalloymarfil@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Gardiazábal Rubial Eider S&D Spain eider.gardiazabalrubial@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Garriga Polledo Salvador EPP Spain salvador.garrigapolledo@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Guerrero Salom Enrique S&D Spain enrique.guerrerosalom@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Gutiérrez- Cortines Cristina EPP Spain cristina.gutierrez-cortines@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Gutiérrez- Prieto Sergio S&D Spain sergio.gutierrezprieto@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Herranz García Esther EPP Spain esther.herranzgarcia@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Iturgaiz Angulo Carlos José EPP Spain carlos.itugaizanglo@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Jauregui Atondo Ramon S&D Spain ramon.jaureguiatondo@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Jimenez-Becerril Barrio Teresa EPP Spain teresa.jimenez-becerril@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Lope Fontagné Veronica EPP Spain veronica.lopefontagne@europarl.europa.eu
Mr López Aguilar Juan Fernando S&D Spain juanfernando.lopezaguilar@europarl.europa.eu
Mr López-Istúriz White Antonio EPP Spain antonio.lopezisturiz@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Martínez Martínez Miguel Angel S&D Spain miguelangel.martinez@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Masip Hildago Antonio S&D Spain antonio.masiphildago@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Mato Adrover Gabriel EPP Spain gabriel.mato@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Mayor Oreja Jaime EPP Spain jaime.mayororeja@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Millán Mon Francisco José EPP Spain francisco.millanmon@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Muñiz de Urquiza María Paloma S&D Spain maria.munizdeurquiza@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Obiols Raimon S&D Spain raimon.obiolsigerma@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Perello Rodriguez Andres S&D Spain andres.perellorodriguez@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Riera Madurell Teresa S&D Spain teresa.rieramadurell@europarl.europa.eu
Ms Romero López Carmen S&D Spain carmen.romerolopez@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra José Ignacio EPP Spain joseignacio.salafranca@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Sánchez Presedo Antolín S&D Spain antolin.sanchezpresedo@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Vidal-Quadras Alejo EPP Spain alejo.vidal-quadras@europarl.europa.eu
Mr Yañez-Barnuevo García Luis S&D Spain luis.yanez@europarl.europa.eu

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#6 Drew

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:25 AM

There are a lot of us EU fellows here on WP!
Come one then - You are all more than welcome to join.

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I'm not sure if members do care. We've had under 200 views of this thread, but 2000 for a camera or housing. I do find this very strange.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:23 AM

Unfortunatly the care of the underwater world and the lust of underwater photography don't walk hand in hand...
I think that the low response on this tread is also that it's regarding european citizens and i hope that the 200 views where from them and that the reacted.I also posted it on both of my facebook pages and i invite everybody from europe to do so as well as it will help to spread the word.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:35 AM

Unfortunatly the care of the underwater world and the lust of underwater photography don't walk hand in hand...
I think that the low response on this tread is also that it's regarding european citizens and i hope that the 200 views where from them and that the reacted.I also posted it on both of my facebook pages and i invite everybody from europe to do so as well as it will help to spread the word.
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I'm very sorry to tell you that I've been watching this thread very close, but I'm from South America :) and a few counts came from me.

We can blame the big corporations that they are destroying the environment, but at the end of the day we need to recognize that the group of people that do care are only a few.
We are just the exception of the rule.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:44 AM

Unfortunatly the care of the underwater world and the lust of underwater photography don't walk hand in hand...


Well they should...
If You like what You see - take some action to protect it!

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 04:10 PM

Just came upon this thread. Noticed that the U.S. is not represented. Can we Yanks not participate?
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Never mind, I emailed them a letter anyway, Yank or not.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 04:59 PM

Unfortunatly the care of the underwater world and the lust of underwater photography don't walk always hand in hand...

I may where unclear so i added a always where it belong, as a lot of underwater photographers are VERY caring about the environment!
Send your letters anyway just to show that also non eu-citizens care about the european seas!As more letters tey receive more likely we will win this cause!
Thanks to evreybody for your help!
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:07 AM

I just wrote in the wall of some friends in facebook about this campaign, they have friends and relatives in Spain and Germany, the two countries with less votes.
I also wrote in the wall of Shaaark!, a cartoon about sharks in facebook.

I'm not part of the EU, but maybe I can make enough noise to get more MEP signatures.
We still have 7 days so this is no time to give up.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:31 AM

Hi all,

Below is a reply from one of the UK MEP's I contacted: (Nigel Farrage)

Dear Mr Hanlon

Thank you for your message urging Nigel to a sign written declaration on shark finning.

Nigel is totally opposed to this practice, especially as he is himself a sea-angler and is deeply interested in fisheries and the health of the seas, generally. It is a terrible waste and indeed one that is banned in the UK - and Nigel and UKIP thoroughly support this ban.

However the practice is allowed by the EU, in much the same way as the EU's discards-policy, in general, is an integral part of its Common Fisheries Policy.

Because the EU controls UK fishing policy - and due to the EU's quota-system - fishermen have to throw back hundreds of thousands of tonnes of dead fish back into the sea, every year. There is only a certain amount of catch fishermen can land and anything more than that is penalised. So this forces fishermen to throw back into the sea perfectly good fish, in order to avoid being fined by the EU.

Naturally, UKIP opposes the EU's system of "quota and discards", in general, as well as shark-finning, in particular, and will vote, in the psEUdo-parliament, against any measures, which maintain them.

We are, of course, opposed to the dangerously anti-democratic EU, as a whole, because its unaccountable, authoritarian structure inevitably results in bad legislation, which, once adopted, is virtually impossible to repeal.

Nevertheless, if legislation, banning shark-finning, comes before us (NB only the EU-Commission can propose EU-legislation) we shall vote for it.

The Written Declaration you mention is merely an expression of opinion, which has no legislative effect.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie Illingworth

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To which I replied:

Dear Mr Farrage,

Many thanks for taking the time to reply to my email. I note that you are opposed to the EU fisheries policy, as well as the EU in general.

In this instance though I feel that your failure to add your signature to this Written Declaration is in sharp contrast to your stated interest in the health of the seas. The quote that "Nero fiddled while Rome burned" may be apposite in this case. We have already decimated over 90% of the worlds sharks, and EU vessels account for 1 in 3 of all shark fins in the international trade. If we don't stop removing the apex predator from the oceans at the rate we are currently, there will be no EU fisheries to worry about.

I challenge you therefore to show your commitment as a deep sea angler and someone who is interested in the oceans, to put your ideological concerns about the EU to one side and show your support against shark finning practically by adding your signature of support to the Written Declaration.

Once again, many thanks for you time and consideration.

Yours

Adam Hanlon


I received one more reply to the 30 or so that I have sent, also from a UKIP MEP (Paul Nuttall)and with a similar party outlook about Europe. Unsurprisingly, he makes the same argument about European fisheries policy in general, rather than the issue now being discussed

I think it is time to open the floodgates on this issue. I challenge everyone who reads this mail to send at least one email to a MEP-there are lists of them above. They will most likely not be aware of the mail's origin, and the health of the seas is not just a European concern! Please post you replies here so that we can join in on the pressure.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:44 AM

Hi all,

Below is a reply from one of the UK MEP's I contacted: (Nigel Farrage)



To which I replied:



I received one more reply to the 30 or so that I have sent, also from a UKIP MEP (Paul Nuttall)and with a similar party outlook about Europe. Unsurprisingly, he makes the same argument about European fisheries policy in general, rather than the issue now being discussed

I think it is time to open the floodgates on this issue. I challenge everyone who reads this mail to send at least one email to a MEP-there are lists of them above. They will most likely not be aware of the mail's origin, and the health of the seas is not just a European concern! Please post you replies here so that we can join in on the pressure.

Adam


One think that we need to take into account, if we send the same email every time, the emails might be stopped by an email server because the server will think that our emails are spam.
We need to change a few sentence on every email, that way the email will be unique and will not be stopped.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:59 AM

Possibly Andres,

Less likely if they come from different email addresses.

The crucial thing is to do something!

Project AWARE has email templates in multiple languages.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 08:04 AM

Personally written emails are much more effective and only takes a few more minutes to type. Form letters are usually seen as bulk mail and dismissed.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 10:38 AM

I agree Drew, which is why I sent a personal email. Does it count if it is from the States?

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:04 AM

I agree Drew, which is why I sent a personal email. Does it count if it is from the States?

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I started to send emails to all MEP in Spain, because it's easier for me to speak in spanish.
No where in my email I say if I'm from the EU or not, so I'm not lying, I'm only saying in my emails that I care about this.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:39 AM

Just finished sending emails to all MEP of Spain, 39 I think.
I got one answer from Rosa Estaras saying that she will review it.
And two delivery failure notifications from:

carlos.itugaizanglo@europarl.europa.eu
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antonio.masiphildago@europarl.europa.eu
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:53 AM

My girlfriend (who allso is now engaged in this action) got a reply from Estonian MEP Ivari Padar.
The answer was short - I'll do it

There is hope...

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