Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Which gets us to the state of commercial shark diving worldwide. The industry is valued at $200-300 million dollars and for the most part, operators are content to show divers sharks, make money and repeat. Without a doubt the current state of “Noblesse Oblige" in our industry is at an all time low.
Let me qualify this statement before the angry emails start. In our world effecting change with sharks goes beyond just interacting with these animals on a commercial level or aligning ourselves with non profits who are doing all the heavy lifting. You have to be engaged, you have to create directional focus and motivate people-who might not consider it-to be active in the shark community. Let's face it with 80 million sharks being killed each and every year there's little room anymore for fence sitters who are content to just make money diving with sharks.
Operators should be bound by “Noblesse Oblige" to create conservation efforts outside their operations. Real and lasting projects that further the protection of sharks, shark science, and conservation.
Having said this there are some simply stunning projects out there that are fully supported by many forward thinking commercial shark diving operations. They are, unfortunately, the minority of the industry and we can do much better beyond a few online petitions, some POS material on a vessel, and an eco chat with our guests.
As front line sentinels, operators from California to South Africa are often the first to report trouble, and have a key insight into the health and direction of local shark populations. One of the misnomers is that real and effective shark conservation costs a lot of money, it does not. It does take time and effort beyond operations.
There are many within the shark community who are trying to make 2009 The Year of the Sharks-to that may we add “Tiburon NoblesseOblige". The hope that operations worldwide look to where they can become involved, create local efforts, websites, focus and direction.
We cannot allow NGO's to shoulder the shark conservation burden alone. Noblesse Oblige can and will effect lasting change for shark conservation. Time is a luxury that sharks are in short supply of.
Patric Douglas CEO
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
So I have attended my first DEMA ever and I must say that I had a lot of fun. Finally been able to put a face to so many people that I have come to know digitally. Also met a lot of my dad "virtual" friends for the first, I even came across some old faces.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Steve: We all embrace and applaud you for having saved this little girl. You are a gentleman in the true sense of the word - a gentle man!
We will have to launch a massive, well coordinated initiative with all means we have at our disposal to have the South African authorities remove the shark nets in their territory. This issue is long overdue, and now is the time to ACT decisively!
So I am in Beijing and thought I was going to be able to avoid the shark-finning issue...I almost did.
At first I was pleasantly surprised as I came across a large billboard of Yao Ming and a shark - said that if you stop buying, you stop the killing.
Ironically this was on the way to the restaurant I was going to eat some Peking duck at. Flipping through the menu I came across, what else, some shark fin soup... I was thinking about leaving, but honestly did not think I was going to find a typical Chinese establishment that does not serve fins.
Regardless, I applaud the Save Our Seas Foundation efforts and do think there is hope...maybe it is just wishful thinking...
I wonder why Sharkwater has not been shown in China yet -
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
(Click on the image to enlarge)
Many reasons - first and foremost, I just miss the striped babes; second, I need to get out of Bolivia for a while to preserve my sanity (the country is on the verge of civil war); and third, I feel that a diving vacation is the best I can do for myself in order not to have to think constantly about tumbling stock prices.
I will be at Tiger Beach in about four weeks with a lot of very cool friends, old and new. Some of them are fellow members of the shark lists.
As far as I am concerned, nothing can go wrong on that trip: One of the guests is a French surgeon, and one is a Canadian comedian.... What more can you 'axe' for?? :-)
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Patric, over at Underwater Thrills - Swimming with Sharks, has a great post and idea that I think is just phenomenal: Shark Free Marinas - think smoke free areas in Marinas talking specifically to anglers that choose to kill sharks and show them and themselves off at Marinas. This initiative, if implemented, will definitely increase the catch-and-release practice and save the lives of many sharks. As far as the Marinas' go, they could further promote themselves as Green and eco-friendly.