[Coral-List] Shark finning in eBay

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Fri May 6 14:52:55 EDT 2011

I contacted the lister on Ebay and got this response, "
*Dear Reef Ball Foundation,*


Thank you for contacting VitaminLife.
We apologize but we are a retailer and do not make the products. We
recommend you contact the manufacturer directly.

1-888-505-GATE -- Toll Free

Anyone else have any success with this?


Todd R Barber
Chairman, Reef Ball Foundation
3305 Edwards Court
Greenville, NC 27858
252-353-9094 (Direct)
941-720-7549 (Cell & Goggle Voice)
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On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 11:34 PM, Barry Russell <Barry.Russell at nt.gov.au>wrote:

> In response to Sarah's information on the sale of sharkfin cartilage
>  products on ebay, the company manufacturing this is Seagate Products, a
> San Diego
>  Company: http://www.seagateproducts.com/shark-fin-cartilage.html
> They claim to have "been processing shark fins and shark cartilage for
> human
>  consumption since 1981." Seems like they have not heard nor have any real
>  understanding of the global threats to sharks through the shark fin
> industry.
>  Except in Hawaii and Washington State it is perfectly legal to sell shark
>  fin products in the US.  If you really want to help ban shark products in
>  the US see this website:
> http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/calabasas-join-hawaii-in-banning-shark-fin-products/
> Dr Barry Russell
> Curator Emeritus of Fishes
> Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
> PO Box 4646 Darwin
> NT 0801
> Australia
> Email: barry.russell at nt.gov.au
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>  [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Sarah
> Frias-Torres
> Sent: Thursday, 5 May 2011 11:18 PM
> To: coral list
> Subject: [Coral-List] Shark finning in eBay
> [Apologies for cross-postings]I'm not sure if this is relevant to
>  Coral-List, as managed by a US-government institution, but...
> In eBay, if you type "shark fin" and go to "Dietary products" you find two
>  posts selling shark fin cartillage. This comes directly from shark
>  finning.Here is the
>  linkhttp://
> health-beauty.shop.ebay.com/Dietary-Supplements-Nutrition-/19259/i.html?_nkw=shark+fin&_catref=1&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_fln=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282to
>  the shark biologists in this list, folks in conservation groups or those
>  with eBay accounts, would they please contact eBay and let them know why
>  selling shark fin products is so wrong, and ask to have the posts
> deleted?Thanks
> Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Schmidt Ocean Institute Postdoctoral FellowOcean
>  Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) 1420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce,
>  Florida 34949 USA Tel (772)
>  467-1600http://www.teamorca.orghttp://
> independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres
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