Monday, June 16, 2008

"Cowboy" Shark Operations Feared in New Zealand

Further details from this weeks commercial shark diving uncertainty in New Zealand.

The opposition to cage diving at this new site stems not from ecological concerns rather from the fear of "Cowboy Operations".

This growing concern is worldwide and one more argument against the sport wherein some operations "push the limits" with animals that eventually "push back".

Sadly, and we have blogged about this in depth on a number of occasions, many shark diving operators fail to realize their local shark diving activities play into a much larger industry worldwide.

What happens in South Africa, Australia, Bahamas, Guadalupe and other places resonates with the fears and prejudices of sites yet to be explored. Such is the case in New Zealand at the moment.

The Solution?


DaShark said...

Thanks for the heads-up.

I guess the solution is dialog. Best off any public or semi-public forums and strictly restricted to professionals - public niggling is probably not going to further the "cause" but generate more animosity instead. How about you try and organize s'thing during DEMA, we're likely to all be there?

Anyway, as always, kudos for your blog. Always an inspiration: check out

Best, Mike

Shark Diver said...

Hi Mike,

That's an interesting thought, as always you have some insight.

Shark Diver