Friday, 20 May 2016

Nature with Nadine

Check it out guys, throughout the next few months as part of my job down at the Flagship Education Centre for Sustainable Coastlines, I'll be running presentations every Sunday about different marine animals. Interactive, fun and aimed at inspiring the next generation, if you find yourself in the Wynyard Quarter at 11am, 2pm and 4pm and want something to do, pop on in. This week learn about the Maui's Dolphin and what we can do about it! Message me if you want to know more!

 http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/nature-with-nadine/

Cheers,
Nadine

Sunday, 14 February 2016

NZAEE Conference

Hi Guys, I had the honor of speaking at the NZAEE conference last Friday with the awesome slogan - agitate, activate, action. I LOVE that!

In essence this is the speech I delivered, I say in essence as I do change things as I speak, add or emit stuff randomly.



On the 1st of January this year at 12.01 am I was sitting on a picnic table watching the fireworks in wellington harbour from an offshore island called Matiu/Somes. I was with 2 other DOC staff, we had already seen Tuatara, Giant weta, little blue penguins making their return home, gecko and instead of the boom of fireworks we were treated to the sound of the fluttering shearwaters flying all around us. I still had my DOC uniform on, I tended to live in it all summer, I smelt like a horrible combination of sea salt, sweat and dirt, was covered in cuts and grazes but I'd never been happier, for I spent December and January as a summer ranger in what was the best 9 weeks of my life. I was the youngest person to ever hold this position. 

Kia ora tatou, and tena koutou to (speakers before me) and also tena koutou to any on the other speakers from earlier this morning, I unfortunately couldnt be here, but engaging people in environmental discussion is something which always deserves a thanks. 

My name is Nadine Tupp, I am 18 years old and this year I am a first year student at the Auckland University of technology studying conservation and marine biology. 

Some people would call me a change maker, but really I'm just a teenager wandering through life following her passions, on of those is speech making and obviously conservation. Both of those were passions ignited by my wonderful MAD family.

I want to begin today with a brief whakatauki just to get everyone thinking - E rere kau mai te Āwanui, mai I te kahui maunga ki tangaroa, ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au. The great river flows from the mountains to the sea, I am the river, the river is me.’

In reality we are all change makers, everything we do has an impact on the environment is some way, positive or negative. As te awanui, the great river, flows over the land, it touches all of us and our lives. In return we touch it, use it, change it, where it flows, what it can be used for, how it’s managed. We become the river, and that river, that environment becomes a reflection on us, our environmental policies and environmental counscience. 

This is all stuff I became aware of after being part of the MAD programmes. I now proud myself on my ability to speak but ire ally struggled with words before January 2013, my first MAD Marine camp. I often used to joke that In year 9 I was mute. I didn’t really have passion for anything, I was conscience of the environment but I didn’t consider myself an environmentalist. I lead the environmental group at Rodney College but that that may or may not have been because iw as the only member for 2 and a half years.
At MAD I discovered my passion for the environment, partuclary marine conservation, water quality, marine mammals, ship strikes, and I discovered I was learning things my biology teacher struggled to explain, basically anything sciency and it became my new thing, sedimentation, nitrification, bio accumulation, we did an English unit about man’s relationship with nature and I’m pretty sure my teacher considered kicking me out on more than one occasion.

I found that I had something to talk about. And I haven’t really stopped. I set up a blog, ignore that jellyfish costume, 5 days after returning from MAS which now has over 100,000 page views from countries all around the world. And I was lucky enough to return to MAD Marine as a student leader in 2014 and leader of leaders in 2015. The MAD programme grew my confidence exponentially, the proof is I’m up here in front of you today about to embark on tertiary study where my eventual goal in life is to simply change the world.

Cue Matiu/Somes island, a 2 square km, pest free wildlife haven with up to 13 ferries a day. A biosecurity nightmare but then you remember how wonderful it is you even have to conduct biosecurity checks. That this place exists so close to the city yet we always felt so isolated. 8km from wellington, so close but so far away, and its similar with all the islands up here in the Hauraki Gulf as well. I saw all kinds of people, all kinds of outfits for a day exploring an island, all kinds of opinions and thoughts and ideas about the place, about conservation and about our future.

So to end I ask you this, if little known jewels of paradise like Matiu/Somes are reflecting positive impacts on the environment, then what is to stop us exploring new ways or expanding this reflection? The conversations are some of the most inspiring I've ever been part of, all we need is conversation, all we need is to talk to each other, inspire and educate. It will sometimes be hard, there will be criticisism and metaphorical brick walls, but we always find a way. And that’s not impossible, nothing is impossible. Doctor Who is full of inspiration gems. The Doctor once said – Bumblebees, aerodynamically impossible for them to fly but they do, I'm rather fond of bumblebees.

So my question to you is, What is to stop us doing the impossible?

Thanks,
Nadine  T

Sunday, 24 January 2016

inspiration

I write this from the queens wharf ferry terminal, where I still have 45 minutes to wait for my ferry, then I'll go back to the island and finish my last week of volunteering.
As I sit here I'm still 17 (very close to my 18tj birthday, granted) but for now I'm 17. I'm still just a small piece of the entire world, but I'm a piece that's doing something, breathing in sea air and walking through the bush everyday. Learning new skills about power tools, wildlife and living. And that makes me a rather good little piece.
We are all those pieces, bits of a puzzle. But like with an actual puzzle, you only see the finished picture when all the pieces are pit in properly. And sometimes we have to fuss over those pieces, rotate then, try one thing then scrap it then try another. We keep improving oitr idea of what the finished puzzle will look like and improving the image we have forming in front of us.
As humans we always keep improving too, working away at ourselves, learning new stuff and growing into who we are.

The learning of new skills is vital to that past, we can't grow (literally and metaphorically) without any sustenance. Knowledge is that food, knowing a new fact, where to find tuatara on the circuit track, how to start the scrub bar, how to do this, why we do that, when, how, why, what. All the answers to the questions we ask ourselves help us grow and help us become.

But in order to ask those questions in the first place we have to be doing something that inspires us to think of the question and then retain the answer. It has to be important to us if were going to bother to learn it.

So you have to get outside and do stuff, maybe volunteering with DOC, if you live in new Zealand and are into conservation, tale on an apprenticship to learn about mechanics or electronics or plumbing and try stuff for yourself.

As you go through that activity to fond your strengths and your weaknesses, you fond yourself. Then you start wondering why you do something a certain why. What something means. Then you work on those answers.

Those answers continue to feed and nourish you. You keep growing, you work out what you want to do with life, what you want to study, where you want to study, if you want to go to university at all, how you're going to live and why you want to live that way.


Having people who understand this is vital to the environmental and conservation movement. These people are thinkers and doers and action makers and shakers.

And we are all those people.

We have hidden talents and secret passions, we just need to get out an explore them.

So what are you still doing reading this.


Get out there and go be amazing. Be creative and individual and positive and passionate and happy.

Get out there and help save the planet!

Monday, 21 December 2015

update

Hi everyone, right now I'm stationed with the Department of Conservation on Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbor in NZ, so that kind of explains why I haven't posted in so long.

I'm absolutely loving my time, and what I've learnt will inspire many articles in the future, however, i still have 5 weeks left of my time here, so don't expect updates for a while. I will do what I can, when I can, thanks for your continued support though, 93,000 page views is a figure that staggers me whenever I see it!

Here's a little tidbit of inspiration that kind of sums up why I'm out on an island for my summer holidays when most people my age are sleeping.

Many are still vague about volunteerism. The misunderstood of advantage is only on the side of people who are in need is still exists. But the fact is:

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Stand With the World.

I am a human, the world is my country, the ocean and forests of this Earth my backyard, every Homo Sapien on this planet are my brothers and my sisters, we are bonded to one another through the sheer fact we exist in the same era of time, on one planet in the same galaxy.
We are about 7.3 billion in number, spread across 7 continents, over 200 countries, speaking many different languages and living very different lives. But we are united by blood, by our ability to feel happiness and pain.
There is so much pain in this world, not just in one place, the whole world.
Stand with Paris, but stand with humanity.

We are set to inherit this world from those before us, and currently I have absolutely no idea what I am going to end up with: War? Clean water? Biodiversity? An Ocean I can swim in? A magnitude of marine species I can study? A forest I can hike in? A country I feel safe to leave? A life there for me?

There is so much uncertainty today, for us and all others affected by any kind of event-
Yesterday bombs fell on Lebanon and Syria, Paris was attacked, earthquakes in both Mexico and Japan, a child died of starvation, a young girl was smuggled over a border never to be seen again, a family was drinking unsafe water for it was all they had, thousands of trees were cut down, a poacher entered a national park and people cried.
And tomorrow? Who knows? Wars will rage, civil unrest will grow, more trees will be removed, animals poached, unfit water drunk, starvation grows and more babies will be born.
Little bundles who's futures are laid open in front of them to do whatever they please, and what a future it will be.

Right now, Humans have the power to change the world, or break the world.

We are naturally social creatures, we have to love one another, respect one another and be one another to live in harmony and unity.

Disagreeing with someone is fine, having different views with someone is fine and expressing those opinions is fine, but hurting someone because of them is not.

We are plagued by so many issues - environmental, social and economical, but after it all we are just people, trying to make our way in the world.

And we have to ensure that world is going to be there for us, and our grandchildren and their children and every other animal or plant on this planet that we have a duty to protect, to keep safe.

As you might now, I'm a massive fan of Doctor Who and Capaldi's speech last week in the Zygon Inversion got to a lot of us, so here's some bits of it to remind us we need to talk and we need unity.





So yes, stand with Paris they have a great hour of need right now, their citizens, family and society has been shattered and as humans we help them pick up their pieces however we can. But stand with the world, stand with one another, and let's change this world.

To end, my dad gave me a quote yesterday - 'Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself.'

Thanks,
Nadine

Monday, 26 October 2015

Inspiration!

Hey guys, my posts are going to start getting a little thin again as I have big exams as a Level 3 coming up so all my time is spent studying with nowhere enough time spent saving the planet!

In saying that today i have a nice collection of my warm and fuzzies that inspire me for you today.

First things first though check out one of friends and fellow MAD students blog she has just set up over at http://notrashisanisland.blogspot.co.nz/

NOW, BRING ON THE INSPIRATION.

1) I tend to find inspiration in little things, like songs or a poem or a view out a window.
 So, my favourite song that inspires me is - Iron Sky by Paulo Nutini, I see it as being about being     free and making sure we all have that right, not just putting up with the iron sky above us, or the status quo. Seriously give it a listen.
2) A poem/literary extract of genius that combines both my love for living life now, and living it well, but also ensuring I'm living it in nature and the outdoors in this extract from Walden by David Henry Thoreau.
'I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.'

3) I have lots of different people I admire for lots of different reasons and I'll list a few of them, I won't give them their life story, google them if you want, because they're inspiration to me for reasons that deeply personal to me, but who knows, they might become inspirations to you to.
- Charlotte Rampling
- Katharine Hepburn
- Sue Perkins
- Xiuhtezactl Tonatiuh
- Stephen Fry
- Noel Fielding
- David Attenborough
- Penny Wong
- Nelson Mandela
- My family and Friends
- My Teachers
- The Doctor

4) Pictures and photography art really inspire me.
I was kind of late to jump onto the Tumblr band wagon but I find its really great for finding little snippets of photography amazingness, especially from travel blogs.
Like these guys ....




                                                 All found on http://waander--lust.tumblr.com/
Or These gems from http://rustandwanderlust.tumblr.com/
beartreadway:

Self portrait in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru - October 2015

Alpamayo & the horse whispers



I don't know, it makes me really excited to get outdoors and do something!

Art is the same, I love going to art galleries and museums and just trying to sort stuff out in my head, what they mean and what I mean.
I am going to be boring and say the great painters everyone has heard of, I love them too, but I do like some more obscure works and artists too.
My favourite Van Gogh is Cypresses
Vincent van Gogh: Cypresses (49.30) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art: That image I found on pinterest.
But I do also love modern prints and more abstract stuff, one I really like are these works by Andras Lie.
Norwegian visual artist Andreas Lie merges verdant landscapes and photographs of animals to creates subtle double exposure portraits. Snowy mountain peaks and thick forests become the shaggy fur of wolves and foxes, and even the northern lights appear through the silhouette of a polar bear. Lie is undoubtedly influenced by his surroundings in Bergen, Norway, a coastal city surrounded by seven mountains.:
How awesome are those?

4) I love reading quotes, or philosophy or developing my world outlook/view (which is one of humanism).
Your fellow humans are real, gods are not.  Stop wasting time, money and energy on gods and use it for being a better person.:
But we can do amazing things together!

5) I love being alive! That sheer fact is generally what gets me through tough times or makes me excited to do stuff, I'm here so I may as well go do something. I've got two good legs so let's go for a run let's go hike somewhere, I've got a confident voice, so why not go give speeches and educate people. I have some spare time so why not volunteer, help somewhere, teach someone.

I'm on this planet so why not find a reason for it!

A quote I reckon really sums this up is Mark Twain,  'The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.'

Thanks and I hope I've inspired you somehow,
Nadine :D

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Volunteering

Hey guys, so here's my post as promised. As some of you guys may know I have been selected to be one of the Volunteer Summer Rangers with DoC on Matiu/Somes Island for 2 months this Summer and I wanted to a) share my excitement about this and b) encourage you guys to get out there and do something.

So Volunteering my time has been something I'm pretty big on in my life, weather that be down at the local primary school, running workshops for students at my school or something environmental.

I've found that one thing that holds people back from doing this is they're scared of a few things. One being losing their own time, but I do heaps and i still see my family, friends and cram in homework and sports as well. But I do urge you to find the balance in your own life before you try give your time up for others.
They're scared of being alone, in the sense they don't know who they'll be working with. But that's the most fun part, when you volunteer you meet people that like minded like you (they're giving their time up to on a Saturday morning) who heave heaps on knowledge they're willing to pass on to you and they just want to make a a difference. They wouldn't be there if they didn't want to.

They're a bit afraid of going somewhere new. But like above its so much fun! My volunteering has taken me to some crazy cool places and do things most people cant and see things most people never do. I've seen Tuatara, planted some of my countries rarest trees, seen endangered birds and even helped care for them and done it all in some amazing places waking up to breathtaking morning scenes and going to night walks under pure and beautiful skies.

Volunteering is an opportunity to get out there and do something, gain some work experience or put skills you've learnt to the test.

It's also an amazing opportunity to learn more about anything you want. Volunteering with an organisation like DoC you'll learn about flora and fauna, maintenance or history. Volunteering in a school you'll learn about people skills and patience (in a junior classroom you will learn A LOT about patience!). In a library you'll learn about admin and book keeping.

But when volunteering you learn about yourself, what makes you happy, what drives you, what your passions are. I've discovered that making a difference to our environment is my passion and volunteering my time to help aid its preservation is what makes me happy.

Just give it a go. Start small, check out facebook pages or twitter feeds for clean up days or tree plantings. Go to the local school office or library or elderly care home or anywhere you can think of and see if they need a hand. Because if you become that hand you never know who you'll meet or where you''ll go.

If you do want to do stuff with DoC in New Zealand then check out these pages for free online courses you can do and opportunities available.
http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/training-and-teaching/online-courses/
http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/volunteer/

Just give it a go, keep a smile on your face and don't procrastinate it off. There is a tomorrow, but we never know what might take up that tomorrow.
 :
Take the day and seize it, take any opportunities that come your way and smile through them all.
And when you are volunteering, it will go so, so fast. So make the most of it.

Thanks,
Nadine :D



Thursday, 1 October 2015

Volunteering.

Hey guys, I'm currently on holiday but check back early next week for my post on volunteering, sharing some news I got related to that and also letting you know about some of the cool opportunities you can take up volunteering!
Thanks,
Nadine :D

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Shark Culls

Hey guys, I'm pretty excited and proud to share with you a post that I've been working on for quite a while now about an issue that it very close to my heart and is as much a human issue as much as it an environmental one.

My most popular post remains one I did about shark fining 2 years ago, since then my passion for sharks and the environment has increased exponentially (even if that did not seem possible at the time) and after countless late nights researching, furiously writing or trying to work out what was wrong with society I've written this, probably one of my longest, but hopefully best posts to date.

Thanks in advance for reading, and share around so everyone gets this message.


When I was four, or five or six, to be honest I'm not really sure how old I was, what matters is that it happened, my mum made my younger brother and I a book about sharks. It had word finds, crosswords, basic diagrams of sharks, lists of some species, that sort of stuff in it, and we spent the summer holidays going through this book, doing the exercises she had set out for us.

Our prize, at the end of January, was a trip to Kelly Tarltons, an mega sized aquarium in Auckland.

What neither mum nor I realised at the time was that this book became an obsession in my subconscious and sharks have always fascinated me, and I hope they always do.

But when you are fascinated by something, you tend to care about it. And with the current demise of shark populations or the perceptions of sharks by our society, caring about sharks is something hard to do.

Sharks are the greatest apex predator on the planet, and a marvel of evolution, they are so perfectly adapted to the lifestyle they live, with keen senses, agility and a streamlined body to get them from A to B in a way no other species on the planet can do.

When you see a shark in the wild it is one of the most beautiful sites on the planet, they just cruise. I've been in the water with sharks and at no point did I ever feel threatened.

But this is not popular belief, the majority of people believe that sharks exist solely on this planet to kill humans, that whenever we enter the water they hunt us down and attack us.

But I am a living, breathing example that, that is not the case, for a water baby like myself, who spends so much time in the water if they wanted me gone, I would be gone.

Tragically shark attacks do occur, but people also get bitten by snakes, or attacked by dogs. They are just tragic accidents by an animal that deosnt really know better, we are in their space.

And to be blunt, more people are killed falling off chairs or slipping in their bathroom than by sharks a year, toasters kill more people than sharks, hippos kill more people.

All these events are, are tragic accidents, and in a country like Australia that does have so many sharks, these accidents will happen.

However, these accidents trigger events mobilised from land. Not events that educate people about how to be shark safe, or basic steps to follow to minimise risk like when to swim or stay out of the water.

Shark culls are mobilised. Normally these are just 'catch and kill' style hunts reminiscent of when I watched Jaws, when sharks are aught and killed by anyone but in 2014 WA (Western Australia) Passed legislation to be setting drum lines and the chaos that ensued is what is referred to as the WA Shark Cull.

Drum lines are a floating drum that is anchored to the sea floor by a line with a second line having a large baited hook. I guess the idea is to lure sharks to the hook, hook them and kill them reducing the number of sharks in the vicinity and thus the amount of shark attacks, but drum lines are cruel traps.

They are deployed in Australia, South Africa, Hawaii and Brazil.

The hook is literally just a hook, and any nature documentary watching person or anyone who knows anything about the ocean knows there's more than sharks in it. And even if you do catch a shark, what's to say you don't catch one that's too small (below 3m), a non-target species or a pregnant female which are not meant to be killed?

Nothing.








And the story deepens when you consider some of the species actually being targeted, like Great Whites or Tiger Sharks are protected, it is only a law bypass by the federal government has meant that these sharks can be legally killed by the relevant authorities where as if anybody else tried to even touch the animal they would be fined and face jail time.

As I mentioned above non-target individuals can be caught on the lines, like a juvenile Great White or pregnant Tiger Shark, these individuals, under the current scheme, can't be killed and are meant to be released alive, but the drum lines aren't patrolled 24/7 and a shark stuck on a drum line, no food or limited ways to move itself ( a function vital to the sharks survival because the sharks respire by passing water through their gills) will die of exhaustion and sit on the hook waiting for a fisheries officer to come and 'release it'. In this scenario it's brought aboard, tagged as dead them dumped back over the side of the boat.

If a shark that is of the right size and meets the requirements necessary to be killed, it will be killed, generally by a shot or two from a rifle by a fisheries officer or a member of the general public that has been hired by fisheries to kill the shark.

These members of the public are issued with a toolkit. It contains a saw and a .22 rifle.

Sharks are killed in Australia, and clearly the people killing them have no idea the role sharks play in an ecosystem because in 2014 68a sharks were killed off Queensland and 170 off Perth.
Check out the told sharks play here http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/the-value-of-sharks/sharks-role-in-the-ocean/
or here https://www.insidescience.org/content/threats-sharks-threaten-entire-ecosystems/1351

On one drum line, no Great Whites were killed, only tigers, a species that hasn't been involved in a fatal attack since the 1920's.

An awesome article in the Guardian last year sums this up and I'll copy some of the extracts below. Originally sourced from here http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/08/australian-surfers-need-to-rediscover-environmentalism-or-more-sharks-will-be-killed.

"Ssurfers have a strong affinity with the ocean. They spend more time than most in the Big Blue. Ocean environmentalism in the 1970s actually started with surfers, with the formation of the Bells Beach recreation surfing reserve in Victoria in 1973. It was the first of its kind in the world; back then, surfers joined hands with conservationists.
The WA drum line debate earlier this year saw some surfers turn their backs on the environment and join hands with politicians to kill a marine animal. Irrational fear does tend to bring out the worst in people.
Drum lines, which are effectively meat curtains on hooks, are used to attract sharks in order to capture them. The WA government will not deploy them this summer after an EPA review; that they were ever deployed shows the government thinks luring potentially dangerous sharks closer to shore is a way to improve public safety.
With yet another surfer involved in a shark incident in WA last week, losing a hand and part of an arm, it is blatantly obvious that more needs to be done in the state. Two white pointer sharks – a protected species – were destroyed in response. They have been dissected to discover whether they were responsible for the attack, and the results were inconclusive. Drum lines were never earmarked for the area where this shark incident actually occurred.
...
Sharks were seen in the area for the fortnight preceding last week’s incident. If surfers are not given every opportunity to be informed of the marine environment they enter, the system has let them down - and it continues to do so.  
...

Nor were the public consulted on proven shark safety measures that are available right now, including electronic repellents and eco-friendly barriers. Alternative schemes also exist, like a successful 10-year initiative in Cape Town, South Africa, called Shark Spotters, which uses a system of flags and alarms to alert ocean users of a shark in the water.
It wouldn’t be expensive to implement a system similar to inform ocean users of rips, that whales are currently migrating, that there has been an increase in seals seen lately, that cray pots have recently been dropped in the area, or that sharks have recently been seen in the vicinity. Local media could also play a role in informing and educating the community.
Surfers are becoming proactive about their safety. It’s a trend that had to happen eventually. The community are increasingly accepting of deterrents. Electronic devices are being developed that don’t harm sharks – such as Dave Smith’s SurfSafe initiative, which former world tour surfer and surfboard shaper Dave MacAuley has been testing, and the Shark Shield, backed by two-time world champion Tom Carroll."

Interesting ae, and even though the govt has said there will be no summer cull, I think this story will continue to progress.

I'll finish off this part of the post with something I find rather ironic, The motto of Western Australia's Fisheries. 'Fish for the Future.'
Clearly that only refers to their idea of the 'right' kind of fish.

If this part of the post fascinates you watch the below videos.

Both of those are made by Madison Stewart, with more of her to come below in this next part.

Sharks aren't just killed in retaliation about attacks though, they are also killed for food or other, kind of odd purposes.

We've all heard of the shark fining industry, which I'll get onto in  minute, but they are also killed just for their meat.
Shark meat is called many, many different things in supermarkets around the world. It is commonly called flake in Oceania and is commonly used in our fish and chip shops marketed as this fish part or you can buy it off the menu by the species name. I know that you can buy lemon shark from my local Chinese restaurant.

From what I know of how plastic and chemicals work in the ocean, they accumulate. A little fish ingests a bit of plastic, the oils in the plastic are attracted to the oil in the fish so the fish absorbs the plastic oil. A big fish eats the little fish and the contaminated oil from the little big and absorbed into the bigger fish. A bigger fish eats the smaller fish and so on and so on. This continues until a shark comes along and needs to eat 10 of the biggest fish and absorbs all of the chemicals and oils into its system. A real life example is that the Beluga whales off the coast of Canada are deemed toxic.

Think what we're doing to out bodies by eating the flesh of an animal that has had so much bioaccumulation.

And it gets worse because research done by Madison Stewart and scientists have shown that sharks contain REALLY high level of Mercury. As in levels high enough to kill an unborn baby.

In physics once my teacher told us how 'mad hatters' was a real expression from hat makers rubbing Mercury on the hats they were making that is said to have made them 'mad'. Now we're putting all those chemicals into our body. I reckon we're the mad ones!

 Take this good extract from a photo on Madison Stewart's Instagram

' I refuse to tolerate or accept as normal, the sale of apex predators in our developed country, to ill educated public who have no clue of its origin, health implications, importance to the ecosystem or capture methods. Ill be dead before I let it sit on the shelfes and not swim in our oceans: I wont loose the animals I love, the family I have, to ignorance: to governemnts: or to a dam supermarket chain, espessialy when they sell it to families well aware of its dangerous mercury levels. The illusion of society is that we don't need to question things- but we do- and once we question them, once there is light shed on the darkness in which their business thrives, then we need to act accordingly where government departments have failed to do so, YOU need to speak up, our patience needs to run out, they will get away with what we allow them to and no more. Australia... You take comfort in the things they sell us? Im about to take that comfort away. #flakefiles #newfilm #fuckwoolworths #mako #makoshark #sharkattack #flake #eatshark #mercury #sharkgirl #woolworths #earthfirst #vegansrule #vegan #delinquent #activismrant '
But shark isnt the healthiest thing to be eating.

Sharks, like most creatures on this planet have livers. Sharks lack a swim bladder, which is what keeps most fish species buoyant in the  water, they instead fill large bladders full of oil to keep them buoyant. This oil is prized for medicinal purposes around the world even though there is no scientific evidence it actually does anything. When I googled 'shark liver oil nz' I got a surprisingly long list of sites, I clicked into the first (I won't name the website) which was marketing shark liver oil in tablets and was 'life-enhancing' (not for the shark anyway!)

I found this a tad amusing because on both the bottle and bag of tablets (that's right you buy 100% shark liver oil tablets two ways!) it featured a live shark. you have to kill the shark to get the liver.

It can also be used in cosmetics or for barometers.

And the shark fining. This practice is the removal of the sharks fins and the ability to dump the body overboard, dead or dying. There has finally been law passed to stop this in NZ! But I was reading the MPI paper on the conservation and management of sharks (more to come later) and there are ways around this. only 2% of the shark is used in this pratice and the fins are used for food (generally shark fin soup, a delicacy in primarily Asian countries) and at one point New Zealand was one of the top 20 exporters of fins. Plus it has happened much closer to home than we like ti think, two sharks were found in Milford Sound with their fins removed. An absolutely barbaric practice that needs to cease for the sake of the health of the sharks and the preservation of their populations.

But sharks can also be killed for their cartilage, are targeted by commerical and recreational fishers and are caught and killed as non target species that may or may not be kept. (If not they're just tossed overboard.

But what do all of these destructive industries mean. It means that up to 100 million sharks a re killed per year. This extract really puts that into perspective. Prior to this extract it was talking about how at a mean weight of 15kg, 700,000 tonnes of shark would mean 50 million sharks before discussing how this is unreliable.



From the book : "Räuber, Monster, Menschenfresser",
 
'Reading the reports of shark and nature protection organisations, one starts to wonder. Greenpeace speaks of at least 100 million animals killed per year. The WWF concurs, but also says that this number is the estimate including all human influence, including bycatch. The English shark protection organisation Shark Trust speaks of up to 73 million sharks killed for finning alone (targeted hunt for fins). The international shark protection initiative SHARKPROJECT speaks of approx. 200 million animals killed around the world each year.

Who has the right of it?
Well, all of them – in a way at least! To understand this, we first need to accept that there are no truly reliable figures here. All of this is based on numbers published by the (FAO = Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in their annual fishing statistics. Up to 700,000 tons of shark are brought to land each year according to these statistics. At an average weight of 15 kg for a caught shark, this would amount to about 50 million animals. The FAO collets these figures from the affiliated fishing nations.
These answers are given voluntarily and not verified. (How could they be?). Add to this unreported bycatch that is thrown over board again at once, and extensive piracy. The sum of the reported figures is therefore questionable, and the FAO itself estimates the actual figures to be double that and speaks of 100 million sharks probably being caught around the world. This figure is generally accepted, since it comes from the United Nations, and is used by most shark protection organisations.
'This figure is bad enough, since it means that 273,973 sharks are killed on our planet each day. But this is not the end. Let us take the figures of SHARK TRUST, speaking of up to 73 million sharks falling prey to the targeted hunt for fins alone. This would be 73% of the complete figure. Unlikely, since although finning is a serious problem for the survival of sharks and experiencing a global boom, this ratio would be too high at the moment.

How does SHARK TRUST reach these figures? Like the international shark protection initiative SHARKPROJECT, they refer to the study of scientist Shelley Clarke, published in 2006. She studied the trade of shark fins in Hong Kong for two years under the cover of writing her doctoral thesis on sharks. She gained the trust of shark traders, was allowed to take insight into protocols and was able to examine the fins. Her study told that most probably 3-4 times as many sharks are the FAO’s figures indicate are killed per year. That means that only a quarter or third of the sharks killed is even recorded or reported.

This would be about 2.4 million tons of shark meat per year. Additionally, the sharks caught grow smaller and smaller, so that an average of 12.5 instead of 15 kg is more realistic today. This results in exactly 200.000,000 sharks. Included in this figure is an estimated 26-73 million sharks dying only for fining. (The difference in numbers corresponds to the ratio of fin to body. Considering that most fins are dried before transport and therefore lose 90% of their weight, the 5% this calculation is based on no longer work anyway, so that the figures rise again. When all of these facts are taken together, we remain with the bitter insight that the figure of 200 million sharks killed is probably realistic. That would be 547,945 animals per day or 22,831 per hour. And whether or not the figure is right to the last digit, or whether they should be a bit higher or lower – we still have only a minute to midnight if we want to be able to rescue the shark.'

And midnight is very, very fast approaching. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you've been inspired! In the course of writing this I've got to read over some of my old posts and I'm happy to say my grammar and spelling has improved immensely but also the quality of posts. I saw way back in 2013 when I was so excited to get 1,000 views after almost 3 months of posting, now less than 3 weeks will yield 1,000 views. Thanks so much and keep sharing.

Nadine :D



Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Videos and Photos

Hi guys, so here's a video of myself speaking at the EDS Conference a few weeks back, I start about 20min in if you're interested. https://vimeo.com/138021509

Also here's another one a couple of my friends from the MAD Programme made, please follow this link
to check out this video for the Turn All The Lights Off entered into the Television for the Environment's Global Youth Video on Climate Change where they've awesomely managed to make the top 24 videos in the world!
Check them out because the video with the most views, those people will get to go to COP21



And the photo I mentioned? Well, there's two actually, I'm hanging out for the summer so I can go to the beach!
Einstein Nature : Art Print 8x10 - Illustration Mountain Ocean Forest Wilderness Adventure Wanderlust Explore Quote Typography Science:  



Then follow that one up with this....
http://imgfave-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/image_cache/1375769691581066.jpg
Some beautiful quotes
Thanks,
Nadine :D