Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shark conservation at the source-Maldives

We were been on this subject pretty hard in 2008. For shark conservation efforts to succeed in 2009 local efforts must get the ball rolling.

The days of waiting for an NGO to swoop in and take control of local shark conservation are essentially over. It's up to the dive operators and vested interests in the region to save their shark populations.

Case in point, and Kudo's as well, to the Banyan Tree Resort Conservation Lab located in the Maldives. They recently went head on with the Maldives government all but demanding protection for all sharks in Maldives waters:

"According to Stevens, a year and a half ago, six resorts rallied together in order to jointly tackle the problem of shark hunting."

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do shark conservation. It takes "One" with enough guts and forward thinking ( beyond just this year and perhaps next year) to create local and regional game changers that in the end save shark populations. The Maldives are a template for places like South Africa and the Bahamas where recent shark kills have raised awareness-but little real action in terms of multiple operators and a broad consensus efforts.

As a commercial shark diving operator where will you stand next year with real and lasting regional shark conservation efforts?

As a diver who pays operators to show them sharks where will you be spending your money?

2009 will be a watershed year for answers to both of these questions. It's a win-win for the sharks and an "awakening" for an entire 200 million dollar industry.

Happy New Year!

Cheers,
Patric Douglas CEO
www.sharkdiver.com
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www.guadalupefund.org
www.islandofthegreatwhiteshark.com
415.235.9410

2 comments:

Airjaws said...

Yes, its true. Despite the recent awareness in shark slaughter, there is a large amount of apathy in SA.

Some good news is that long line shark fishing has been banned in False Bay. I received word of this on the 1st of Dec.

Well done on your pro conservation posts.

Shark Diver said...

Thanks Rob and Co,

We're huge fans of your guys and all your efforts with sharks.

Feel free to email us at staff@sharkdiver.com with those details we'll post them here for sure it's great news.