Thursday, June 16, 2011

Conservation Authority Guy Harvey Reiterates Shark Free Marina Policies

Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, underscores need for clear policy prohibiting the landing of sharks at a Shark Free Marina.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) June 16, 2011


Conservation and marine science authority Dr. Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost LTD., announced today that a photographic image of a Mako shark, taken at the weigh in station of the Bimini Big Game Club and circulating on the internet, was authentic. “It is extremely disappointing that this occurred and is a clear violation of my shark conservation principles and efforts”, said Dr. Harvey, an recognized marine conservation authority and acclaimed artist. The Big Game Club operates under license from Guy Harvey Outpost, a company he co-founded to promote sustainable tourism and marine conservation among water sport enthusiasts and the legions of Guy Harvey followers worldwide.



He confirmed the shark was caught by a visitor to the Big Game Club while vacationing in Bimini over the Memorial Day weekend and the resort's dock staff assisted in hanging the shark up for photographs. The boat's captain, Chase Camacho, confirmed his charter angler fought the shark for over two hours after hooking it while deep drop fishing off the Bimini coast. "It's important to have a black and white policy with no grey areas when it comes to operating as a Shark Free Marina, particularly when my name is on the door”, Guy said in addressing the event.



“The boat's captain believed the shark was stressed to the point of dying, and thought it proper to bring it back to the dock so it could be given to the church for distribution to needy locals,” clarified Dr. Harvey, who holds a PhD in Marine Biology and directs shark research worldwide with the efforts of his scientific staff at the Guy Harvey Research Institute. Underscoring a common misunderstanding among anglers on the resilience of sharks, Guy noted “a nearly dead shark has a much better chance of surviving in the water than on the dock. Sharks are very tough animals.”



Professor Mahmood Shivji, Director of the “Save our Seas Shark Center” at Nova Southeastern University echoed Guy's sentiment. “It's a food cycle issue. We are dealing with a marine ecosystem such that a dead or dying fish provides food resource to the entire marine ecosystem and its best to let the ecosystem operate without intervention, however well intentioned.” Dr. Harvey characterized the event “an unfortunate learning moment for all anglers.” He went on to acknowledge the angler and captain erred with good intentions, and the shark was donated to the local community as intended but noted “in today's world there's nothing to celebrate in bringing any shark to the dock for a photo opportunity”.



With a Guy Harvey designed logo to identify member marinas worldwide, 'Shark-Free' marinas participate in a voluntary program to prohibit sharks from being landed at their facility. “Shark Free marina policies were designed to foster catch and release fishing methods by discouraging any thought of landing a shark for any reason”, Harvey went on to say. “Our Outpost team took immediate action to investigate this when first brought to my attention. Staff has been reminded of their role in helping promote shark conservation awareness by enforcing the policies of a 'Shark Free' marina." The Shark-Free Marina Initiative is a project of The Humane Society of the United States and supported in part by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization Dr. Harvey chairs to foster marine research and conservation.



The Shark Free Marina Institute's web site indicates that as many as 100 million sharks are killed annually, posing a serious threat to the oceans health. The stated purpose of a Shark-Free Marinas is to help reduce the take of sharks and encourage responsible use of the oceans. “With my worldwide efforts to promote shark conservation, particularly in the Bahamas, and my name on the front door of the Big Game Club, I've reminded staff that our marina will adhere to the Shark Free Marina Initiative policies, no exceptions” added Dr. Harvey. “We all have to play a part in protecting these magnificent animals.”



Nudity and Delphinapterus leucas - Ugly backstory?

The U.K Daily Mail has a story and images this week of Natalia Avseenko, 36, who went diving naked with Beluga Whales in the Arctic - for science.

Apparently Natalia is an actual whale researcher and her hypothesis that "Belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits", was tested by her dropping in sans le suit.

On the surface this is another Daily Mail hit, it's got all the angles, nudity, great images, a backstory, but one name popped out at me almost immediately and if you do not know it you should.

The Utrish Dophinarium.

I became aware of this outfit back in 2005 and they have quite a track record, as a high percentage of captive Arctic species found in zoos and aquariums worldwide come from this operation. Including Beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas).

So, as it turns out, the real story here is not so much about half baked science as Natalia Avseenko could have just removed her gloves, but of a staged moment for the cameras, using captive Beluga whales on their way to a new home somewhere in the world as a backdrop for a series of inane shots, under the guise of science and conservation.

While I have to hand it to Natalia Avseenko and her crew for going to the extremes they did for this shot, I am also not surprised that the Utrish Dophinarium is somehow involved or enabling of this stunt under the thin veneer of science and research.

We can do a lot better with wild animals, and I think it's high time we stopped stunt work with animals calling it science or conservation, because fundamentally both science and conservation does not look like this.

Or does it?

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Patric Douglas CEO
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Conservación de gran tiburón blanco en Isla Guadalupe

El gran tiburón blanco es el depredador más famoso de los océanos del mundo, y también uno de los más incomprendidos. Para muchas personas, el miedo y el odio han llenado el vacío dejado por la falta de información precisa acerca de estas increíbles criaturas. Su número se ha reducido debido a la campaña de pesca como resultado de la persecución y la pesca de trofeos a lo largo de las décadas, dejando a su especie (y de los ecosistemas marinos que habitan) que cuelga en un equilibrio precario. Isla de Guadalupe en la costa occidental de México se ha convertido en un lugar importante para la protección de los tiburones blancos, así como un lugar para que los investigadores a reunir más información sobre ellos que pueden educar al público y ayudar en la conservación del tiburón blanco.

Isla Guadalupe se encuentra a 150 kilómetros al oeste de la costa de Baja California - formada por dos volcanes en escudo y rodeado de aguas profundas. La isla en sí es el continuo enfoque de muchos esfuerzos de conservación gubernamentales y científicas, en un intento por revertir el daño masivo realizado por los gatos salvajes y cabras a la izquierda por los cazadores / pescadores que utilizaban la isla como lugar de parada. Es un sitio de congregación para los grandes blancos, sobre todo en los meses de otoño e invierno. La visibilidad promedio de 100 pies de agua hace que sea un lugar ideal para la investigación submarina. Muchos grupos y organismos involucrados en el estudio y protección de los tiburones blancos en Isla Guadalupe.

El gobierno mexicano ha hecho la Isla de Guadalupe (y las zonas marinas circundantes) una "Reserva de la Biosfera", con lo que el dinero y mano de obra nacional se puede ahorrar para proteger la isla y su fauna. Esto se suma a la protección internacional que otorgan los grandes blancos de la Convención sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas (CITES). CONANP, el acrónimo de la traducción al español de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas, es un grupo nacional dedicado a "la conservación del patrimonio natural de México." Con respecto a la Isla Guadalupe, CONANP monitores isla de datos, regula la actividad de la isla, y se coordina con los observadores y los investigadores para recoger información sobre el estado / la biología de la isla de la vida silvestre (como el tiburón blanco en las aguas circundantes).

Los grupos de investigación que acuden a este lugar de primera gran tiburón blanco suelen ser de las instituciones educativas o científicas en México y / o California. Investigadores de la Marine Conservation Science Institute han estado examinando activamente los tiburones aquí desde 1999. Utilizan una gran variedad de técnicas para rastrear el comportamiento de los tiburones y las poblaciones, tales como el etiquetado de satélite, una identificación con foto / catalogación, toma de muestras de ADN, y la observación visual de las jaulas de protección del tiburón bajo el agua. Los estudiantes de posgrado y profesores de CICIMAR (Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas) y CICESE (Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada) son con frecuencia la realización de la investigación y la observación de los tiburones y otras criaturas marinas cerca de la isla.

La conciencia y el atractivo de los grandes blancos en la isla de Guadalupe han ido más allá de los de las comunidades científicas y de preservación ecológica. En los últimos años, muchos "regular" la gente ha viajado a Isla Guadalupe por la oportunidad de ir a bucear en una jaula con tiburones blancos. No sólo son capaces de ver a los tiburones, pero muchos de ellos también son testigos de la preservación de isla en curso y los esfuerzos de investigación.