Local artisans at Central Park

Posted By: Marty

Local artisans at Central Park - 04/06/13 02:56 PM

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Have you checked out the local artisans at Central Park? They have some really cool stuff! Check them out!

They have crafts made out of coconut shells, shark skin, conch shells and even Belikin bottle caps!
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Local artisans at Central Park - 04/06/13 04:05 PM

Shark skin?
Posted By: collyk

Re: Local artisans at Central Park - 04/06/13 06:06 PM

Please don't buy things made of shark skin.

"Populations of sharks and rays worldwide are under increasing pressures from unsustainable fisheries and dramatic declines of populations of coastal and pelagic species are being documented over relatively short time scales. Sharks and rays are mid level or apex predators that sit at or near the top of the food chain. These cartilaginous fish are vital components of healthy and functional marine ecosystems, playing key roles in structuring fish communities and fostering reef resilience . Sharks and rays may therefore be potent indicators of fishing pressure and in coral reef habitats, of high fish biomass and a functional ecosystem. Their populations, however, are in global decline due to strong fishing pressure, coupled with the K-selected life history characteristics of slow growth, late maturity, low fecundity and low population recovery rates that has left many species and populations vulnerable to overexploitation and in dire need of management. Belize still possesses much of the habitat considered essential for elasmobranchs, yet research results suggest that sharks in Belize are scarce where they were once abundant and are highly vulnerable to both direct threats from fishing and indirect threats from critical habitat transformation and pollution. ...." To read more Status of sharks and rays.
Posted By: Maya House

Re: Local artisans at Central Park - 04/07/13 03:58 AM

Agreed, please don't purchase items made from any part of a shark. I'm personally concerned about the sustainability of conch as well. I absolutely hate that the shell is destroyed every time a conch is removed. That shell is ruined forever. (Not to mention the poor conch.)

"It takes about 10 adult conchs to produce a pound of meat, he said.

"In the wild, one conch occupies about 10 square meters," Glazer said. "It's a huge, huge area." Growing conchs in a high-density commercial setting typically results in smaller animals with lower quality meat, he said.

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