posted on Aug, 11 2010 @ 11:31 AM
I'm just going to address a few things here without watching the video (its blocked where I am at right now)
Its pretty common to bring a firearm onto a boat when big game fishing, for this very purpose. As a shark fisherman and one who enters Mako
tournements every year, let me see if I can clear a few things up...
Number one, Mako steaks are considered second in quality to swordfish. With a moratorium on swords at least East Coast USA, Makos became pretty
ALL sharks are SAFE to eat if they are PREPARED properly (barring fishing in a sewage dump or something). The quality and preperation determines if
FOR INSTANCE: Blue Sharks tend to be not worth the trouble in my opinion because the meat quality isn't great and they urinate through their skin
when they get hooked (you can smell the fishy amonia smell when they circle the boat). Most sharks have high urea counts, so how you boat the shark
and how you prepare it determines its quality.
I don't know what kind of shark is in the video, but Makos go BALLISTIC when you hook them, launching themselves in the air and sometimes even onto
the boat. Its not uncommon to shoot a lively one in the head.
Typically, for large sharks you intend on boating you want to tie a tail rope on it and drag it behind to drown it. If that doesn't work you gotta
shoot it. Most fish should be bled, including Tuna and Mahi Mahi and iced to reduce decay and the toxicity people have mentioned.
Tournements obviously you wouldn't want to bleed if you can avoid it so you get the maximum weight at the weigh in.
Shark Fisherman seem to get caught up in the hysteria regarding conservation. Indeed as someone mentioned, long liners and commercial fishing are more
detrimental to populations then an angler. We bear the brunt of it though. I know in NJ you are only alowed to boat one shark per day now. If you reel
in an endangered species, as what happened not too long ago in NJ (somoene accidentally caught a Great White Shark and misidentified it...25K dollar
fine). Typically, fisherman are more conservative then your average meat head spewing forth ignorance (now where did I recently see that?). For the
most part size and species regulations are known by an experienced angler, and the information can be looked up rather easily.
In closing, I would just like to leave you with this. On a site which Global Warming is hotley debated due to what obviously is a scam to push forth
policy and 'bad science', did it ever occur to you that perhaps these claims of endangerment may also be overblown? NOAA is involved in both these
things. Migration patterns change, just like the climate changes. 100 years ago there weren't any reported shark attacks, even though swimming in the
ocean was just as popular. That changed in I think 1912 when the infamous shark attacks in NJ happened, did they magically appear? Or were the sharks
just following the food, that was following the change in climate? You can see how big industry has subverted the mom and pop farms, and this DRAMA
QUEEN attitude i see here is what will help them tighten the noose on the fishing industry, as well. Maybe you want to line up and get your food
pills, but when the plug gets pulled...what ya gonna do then?
I see no evidence that these sharks can be traced 24-7. Most of the tags will fall off after a short while and they are not GPS. They have to float to
the surface after they release and transmit or pass by an undersea receiver set up for a specific area. So, let me ask you....how does anyone REALLY
know what the shark population is, and if it truly is reduced? We can look at the finning industry for Japan and say, that's alot of sharks. US
waters are protected, evidence suggests bathers are at risk, at least in NJ this summer. If I were to use the same faulty logic, I would say that the
populations were INcreasing. Studying is fine, conservation is fine. Jumping to conclusions? not so much...