Spinning to End Finning does it again

Teacher, conservationist, and cyclist Mark DiMaggio and University of California at Davis sophomore Devon Lambert have been taking action for the last few years against the slaughter of sharks by riding their road bikes across the country in multiple summer installments on an initiative they call Spinning to End Finning. 2013 marked the end of … Continue reading

Shark Finning Benefit Event

The grass roots California based shark conservation initiative Spinning to End Finning will be holding a fundraising event in Paso Robles, California to promote the group’s  bike ride from Colorado to Kentucky this summer to raise awareness of sharks and funds to support shark protection projects in Costa Rica.  Click here to donate to the … Continue reading

Where the sharks (and other marine fauna) are

In 2012 ARCAE is performing a marine fauna visual survey of the mouth of the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) along Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific coast.  The project’s data will contribute to a national campaign to establish an increased number of marine protected areas and responsible fishing zones in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.  The Golfo Dulce … Continue reading

An Incredible Dose of Support

Spinning to End Finning’s 2012 bike ride will raise awareness for the threats sharks face from overfishing and the practice of shark finning.  The ride will also raise money for ARCAE and Pretoma, two Costa Rican marine environmental non-profit partners active in local, regional, and global shark conservation campaigns.  As ARCAE’s executive director and Pretoma … Continue reading

He owns a bike—he’s saving sharks (again!)

DiMaggio and Lambert will both ride to save sharks this summer

He’s baaaaack!!  On the heals of his successful 2010 initiative to raise awareness for shark conservation during his bike ride around the Western USA, Marc DiMaggio, a school teacher from California, announced he’ll be at it again this summer, riding coast to coast this time to raise awareness and support for his Spinning to End … Continue reading

Sign the Petition—Stop Shark Fin Imports to Costa Rica

The Costa Rican marine environmental organization, PRETOMA, is collecting signatures urging Costa Rica’s President, Laura Chinchilla, to ban shark fin imports.  Please sign the petition against the import of shark fins to Costa Rica!!       Earlier this year the Costa Rican government admitted to catering to international shark finners’ interests by allowing industry members to land … Continue reading

Final Call to Vote for Costa Rica

This is your final chance to vote for the Costa Rican project “Development of economic partnerships between artisanal fisher folk and tourism operators”. CLICK HERE TO VOTE The project has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists (out of 250 applicants) for National Geographic’s and Ashoka Changemakers’ on-line marine/fresh water conservation competition. It’s now … Continue reading

Artisanal fishing communities need your vote

Pretoma’s “Development of economic partnerships between artisanal fisher folk and tourism operators” project (submitted by Andy Bystrom, Costa Rica, Guanacaste ) needs your vote.  The project has been selected as a finalist in National Grographic’s 2010 Geotourism Challenge: Places on the Edge – Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations, and now it’s up to the public to choose the winners. … Continue reading

Shark Finning Mob Threatens Biologist

On Saturday, January 8th Costa Rican marine biologist and shark conservation activist Jorge Ballestero was threatened by a group of 5 individuals in Puntarenas when he responded to a call alerting the public that a large quantity of shark fins were being dried with apparently no regard for health or other operational permits at a … Continue reading

Costa Rican Shark Finning Campaign Wins Gothenburg Prize

November 18, Gothenburg, Sweden – Costa Rican biologist and PRETOMA president Randall Arauz received the 2010 Gothenburg Award yesterday for his organization’s fight against shark finning. The Award, recognized as the most prestigious environmental award in Europe, is given to individuals or organizations that develop national or international environmental projects.  Each year the selection committee … Continue reading