Friday, November 19, 2010

Oxnard California Sportfishing for White Sharks? Nasty Response

This morning we posted our concerns over a sport fishing site based in California that offers white sharks under the "types of sharks caught".

The apparent understanding is that these animals are on the menu for five fleet vessels operating from Oxnard to Marina del Ray at $1,800 a day.

Fortunately since the mid 90's white sharks off the California coast are protected by law.

Or are they?

Our post caught the attention of a shark conservationist who contacted the apparent owner of sharks.us only to receive the following threatening email, in which Captain Mike Schmidt tracked Jennifer XXX down (we redacted her business information) and seems to threaten her in person.

He also made a statement in a previous email where he threatens to "kill a shark" for every "tree hugger" email she or any of her friends sends him. He doubles down on that threat in this follow up email.

Very classy guy.

Here's the email:

From:Capt. Mike Schmidt [mailto:chum@sharks.us]
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 12:33 PM
To: JenniferXXX
Subject: Re:

Did you think I could not find you?
Do you think I will not call administration and report you?

Try me, and we will add another shark to the list and make a few phone calls as well!
You are not far now are you?



(business contact information for Jennifer xxx redacted)



Capt. Mike Schmidt
C.L.P.
1720 N. Voyager Ave #A
Simi Valley, Cal. 93063
Tel: 1-877-807-2423
Cell: 1-818-262-6022
Fax: 1-800-760-1172
www.sharks.us/charters
www.Sharks.us
chum@sharks.us

Playa del Carmen Sharks Killed - Blueheartsociety.org Steps Up

Back in 2008 Shark Diver, in what amounted to an open industry letter, wrote about “Noblesse Oblige."

At the time very few commercial shark diving operations considered active shark conservation as part of their operational ethos.

We understood that active regional campaigns by vested user groups like the commercial shark diving industry and it's members, could have a substantial impact on regional shark conservation. We demonstrated that with the Shark-Free Marinas Initiative, initially launched in the Bahamas in response to Tiger shark takes there in 2007 and again in 2008.

Which makes the story coming out of Play del Carmen this week very exciting. Responding to the commercial take of eight bull sharks in the region, a
group of dive instructors, underwater videographers and biologists banded together to create the Blue Heart Society with the goal to protect sharks in the region for sustainable use.

This is “Noblesse Oblige" in action.

As we have seen with far too many efforts that involve government agencies, shark conservation begin with front line experiences, and those who dive with sharks know the resource and the region better than policy makers in Mexico city.

Kudos to the Blue Heart Society members and outside conservation helpers who have made this happen.

This is how you do commercial shark diving.

This is how you do shark conservation.

Cheers,
Patric Douglas CEO
www.sharkdiver.com
www.sharkdivers.com
www.sharkdivers.blogspot.com
415.235.9410

Oxnard California Sportfishing for White Sharks?

A quick visit to a sport fishing website sharks.us finds an outfit in Oxnard California that claims, for the lofty sum of just $1,895, to allow you to catch white sharks.

The only problem is the California Department of Fish and Game banned fishing for white sharks in 1994. The effort to get white shark fishing banned in the state of California took several years with many use groups including the sport fishing industry pushing for change.

Ongoing legislation to protect white sharks in California waters remains important and internationally trend setting legislation.

So why are the fleet boats of Sharks.us, all five of them, patrolling the waters from Oxnard to Marina del Ray offering white sharks as part of their monster shark experience?

Types of sharks caught:
  • Mako Sharks
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Oceanic White Tips
  • Thresher Sharks
  • Tope (Soupfin) Sharks
  • White Sharks
  • Blue Sharks
  • Nurse Sharks
  • Lemon Sharks
  • Hammerhead
  • Bigeye Thresher
  • Horn Sharks
About your Shark Adventure:

Your Adventure starts before you step on the dock. Sleepless nights and day dreaming of catching your monster shark, walking down the gang way with anticipation of pulling on a record breaker. The diesel engines firing up to announce to everyone we are starting out on an adventure of a lifetime. Is your heart racing now? Just wait till you see the fin set of a Mako in the chum slick, and then tell us if you can contain yourself. Have this filmed so you can try and share exactly how you felt with your family and friends. Remember, all you have to worry about is showing up on time and we provide everything else: profession crew, expertise, lunch, snacks, drinks, fishing license, tackle, rods and reels, bait, chum, fuel and oil.

chum@sharks.us