Thursday, July 21, 2011

Toxic Sharks - EU Rapid Alerts 2011

A lot of discussion about heavy metals found in sharks and shark products for human consumption is available on the Internet.

Discovering actual EU Rapid Alerts for toxic sharks is something to pay attention to - what's in your shark meat?

Notification date: 05 July 2011.



Notification from: Italy.



Notification Description: Mercury in frozen blue shark steaks (Prionace glauca).



Origin: Portugal.



Distributed to: Italy.



Amount: 832 kg.



Analytical Result: 3,51 +/- 0,31 mg/kg – ppm



Action taken: official detention.




Notification date: 26 April 2011.



Notification from: Poland.



Notification Description: Cadmium in frozen blue shark steaks.



Origin: Spain.



Distributed to: Poland.



Analytical Result: 0.081 mg/kg – ppm.



Action taken: withdrawal from market.




Notification date: 15 April 2011.



Notification from: Italy.



Notification Description: Mercury in frozen shark slices.



Origin: Thailand.



Distributed to: no distribution ( border rejection ).



Action taken: official detention.




Notification date: 14 April 2011.



Notification from: Spain.



Notification Description: Mercury in ‘white dogfish’.



Origin: Senegal.



Distributed to: no distribution ( border rejection ).



Analytical Result: 2.1 mg/kg – ppm.



Action taken: official detention.



Notification date: 14 April 2011.



Notification from: Spain.



Notification Description: Mercury in ‘white dogfish’.



Origin: Senegal.



Distributed to: no distribution ( border rejection ).



Analytical Result: 1.3 mg/kg – ppm.



Action taken: official detention.




Notification date: 07 March 2011.



Notification from: Italy.



Notification Description: Mercury in frozen slices of blue shark (Prionace glauca).



Origin: Spain.



Distributed to: Italy.



Analytical Result: 1.42 mg/kg – ppm.



Martin Graf Celebrating 10 Years at Isla Guadalupe!

Over the years I have spent a lot of time on the back deck of Horizon Charters shark diving vessels watching and diving with white sharks.

But this pales in comparison to Marti Graf's time at Isla Guadalupe and this year he celebrates a decade of sharks, and our admiration.

Martin is one of those rare individuals who loves sharks enough to log over 50,000 nautical miles getting to and from famed white shark island, Isla Guadalupe.

He is our dive operations manager, and a well known fixture in the shark diving community, an outspoken advocate for sharks, and all round fantastic guy.

He's also befriended the 130 sharks we have helped identify at Guadalupe over the years. Actually it has been our divers who have submitted shark images and data with Martin to the MCSI data base to make this happen.

Sharks like the now world famous Shredder were named by our divers, Fat Tony, Mystery, Scarboard and Kimel are some of the biggest and most impressive sharks on site.

Once again in 2011 we'll be back with full charters (we're 98% sold out) and Martin to lead our soon to become official Shark Divers into the wild blue world of white sharks. Adding another 6000 nautical miles to Martins log and another full season of our toothy and human friends to his memories.

I spoke with Martin this week and he summed up his time with these magnificent sharks like this, "when I am setting up the cages in the morning and sharks like Shredder come in, I always shout hello into my regulator and he always turns and comes right up to the cage, we have a thing going."

Yes you do Martin!

Cheers,
Patric Douglas CEO
www.sharkdiver.com
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415.235.9410

Behind the Scenes - Video Diary 1

From Office to Ocean is David Diley's one man band shark film effort that has a lot of industry support. He's started vblogging from Fiji where Da Shark is hosting him and we'll be covering his video blog as time moves forward:

Just a quick blog to say the first video diary is up. As promised, I wanted to let you know the kind of gear we are shooting with out here and it also includes some nice sharky footage at the end which shot a few days ago. It's straight outta the camera so no processing on it but hey, check out all those Bull Sharks!!!

I'm gonna do a blog soon about how this is all affecting me and me feelings at actually being here but today, I'm sick unfortunately so will wait until I'm better to hopefully do it justice.

Incidentally, having missed the dives today due to aforementioned sickness, Mike and Chris, a really nice guy out here on a project called Broadreach, informed me they had one of the Tigers turn up not once, but twice! Damn! However, I am hopeful she'll be back to say hello to me soon.

Enjoy.