Saturday, December 26, 2009

Shark Nets kill another innocent member of the famous Tiger Tribe in Aliwal Shoal marine protected area

Dead tiger shark killed by shark nets - Photo by Mark Addison

That is Mark Addison's Facebook update today (he also blogged about it).  Mark posted several photos on his profile of a beautiful Tiger shark killed by shark nets in South Africa.  Who exactly the nets are protecting is a mystery - all they are doing is killing marine life.

Drowned to death - Photo by  Mark Addison

As much I wish 2009 would end on a positive note - it will not...and for a year that was supposed to be for the sharks we still saw more losses than victories.  There is still a lot of work to be done - this shark is a reminder...what does it say when we cannot enforce small marine protected areas, how will we protect an entire species?

For more information on the shark nets in Aliwal Shoal and how you can help, please go to REMOVE THE NETS


Shark Diver said...

This makes about 5-9 animals this year I am aware of. Do you know if there's a concerted effort to remove the nets aside from online?

I would fully support a regional office and staff to move on the gov side with some strong and sustained media.

Netting is a 1950's answer to a modern issue.

Who's taking the lead here and what's the overall gameplan?

It would seem to me "if" S.A could get nets to come down that would open the door to Australia and beyond.

Is there a viable alternative to netting being proposed for 2010?

Felix Leander said...

I am not sure of other efforts - I believe several dive operators have had meetings with the local government - but do not know what is going on there.

Lucas Vilanova said...

I wish there was a way to stop those people from hunting sharks...they are crucial for the oceans' environment...