Here are some of the hottest and most informative websites working to defend, protect and conserve the world's most threatened species.
AMPA-Friends of Manatee Association (Associacao Amigos do Peixe-Boi) is a Brazillian based organization with a mission to promote activites for the protection, conservation, research and management of the aquatic mammals of the Amazon river basin. AMPA supports and coordinates scientific research and local education programmes, meetings, and resources to help better safeguard vulnerable endemic Amazon mammals such as the Manatee, Pink river Dolphin, Tucuxi Dolphin, Giant Otter, and Neotropical Otter.
Support the Friends of Manatee Association here: http://www.amigosdopeixe-boi.org.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=32&lang=en
The WORLD WILDLIFE FUND and/or WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE is an independent, international network dedicated to protecting the planet's fragile environment and stopping its widespread degradation. The WWF is working hard to promote and nurture the world's biodiversity so we may someday live in harmony with nature. Here is the New Zealand entity of the larger WWF network: http://wwf.org.nz/ For the general web-page for WWF, please visit: http://wwf.org
WILD AID is an organization working hard to end the illegal trading of wildlife. Through public awareness, WILD AID hopes to reduce the demand for species and in turn establish new marine protected areas. Follow their campaigns on: http://www.wildaid.org/index.asp?CID=1
TRAFFIC is a group working to monitor the trade of wildlife. Weather ocean mammal or native tree, this network aims to give natural environment the protection is deserves and the conservation it needs.
For more on TRAFFIC and how you can help support the cause go to: www.traffic.org
CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) is an organization working to uphold the treaty signed in 1973 to protect the over-exploitation of wildlife. CITES is an agreement between government to ensure the world's plants and animals will survive humankind's effects.
Check out the CITES site to read about their various programs, resources, and projects: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/SG/2011/20110131_sg_statement_IYF.shtml
SHARK ALLIANCE is a group working to restore the dwindling shark populations in our oceans by tackling current threats to the species such as overfishing and finning. SHARK ALLIANCE promotes the importance of sharks as apex predators and vital components of a healthy and thriving ocean ecosystem.
To read more about this cause or get involved go to: sharkalliance.org
Plant a Fish (PAF) is a third generation Cousteau (Jacques Yves Cousteau lineage) project working to make changes, improvements, and healing efforts helping to re-establish healthy ocean ecosystems. Unique in its endeavors, PAF is a worthy website to visit and a worthy cause to support.
FInd out more about PAF here: http://www.plantafish.org/
PANGEASEED is the first Japanese conservation group working to raise awareness and educate people about the plight of sharks. Through various artistic mediums, they hope to reach people around the globe and end the current exploitation of sharks.
To learn more about this innovative Tokyo based grassroots organisation, link to: www.pangeaseed.com
SHARKANGELS is a progressive group made up of three strong willed women determined to stop the slaughter of sharks. Raising world awareness, this small but effective alliance is taking action and making a difference before its too late.
Check out SHARK ANGELS and how their are helping to save our sharks today: www.sharkangels.org
Long line fishing is a method by which a main line is set out with multiple baited "branches" or "snoods". This commercial fishing technique is prone to cause the 'incidental' deaths of sea birds, turtles, and sharks.
Releasing one line near the surface or on the sea bed with hundreds of baited hooks is used worldwide to target Swordfish, Tuna, Halibut, and Sablefish.
Fisheries in some areas are using thousands of hand baited hooks to draw in maximum catches. In the North-Pacific some fishing fleets are known to use 2,500 hooks on a single line extending many miles!!
As multiple sea animals are attracted to the bait on long lines, they become entangled in the line to often drown. Long line fishing is responsible for multiple ocean species becoming endangered due to the excessive by-catch ratio of this fishing method.