Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Cove - Conservation Film Excellence

I took 10 people to see the film The Cove tonight - my treat.

I had seen the film last month and was so impacted by it's flawless execution and devotion to "stark conservation truth," that I resolved to introduce as many people as I could to it.

As the films conservation foil, Ric O'Berry sums up ,"If we cannot change what happens in this little place...there's no hope for any of us."

What goes on in Taiji, Japan is shocking and actionable. The Cove pulls no punches, makes no wild accusations, and stays true to conservation excellence in film making - letting the raw subject matter carry the film.

This is a rare film in part about redemption, for Ric O'Berry who spent most of his life creating the demand for dolphins in captivity and his profound change to conservation. It is also about redemption for the rest of us.

The ball is elegantly passed at the end of the film (to a standing ovation in our case) and it is up to us to carry it forward. Do not miss the final images of this film.

Go see The Cove. Then involve as many as you can to stop the dolphin slaughter in Japan. These are credible people, and credible organizations that need our help today.

Update: Read Southern Fried Science's film review.

Patric Douglas CEO

Cornwall Cage Diving Operators Association

A new association is being set up to monitor operators who run shark cage diving in Cornwall. Since 2005 locals and visitors have been able to go cage diving with blue sharks. It's hoped it'll ensure high standards in this new type eco-tourism.

Blue shark cage diving first started in Cornwall in 2005. It was set up by Richard Peirce, who is an acknowledged expert on sharks.

In 2006 he set up Shark Cornwall to promote shark eco-tourism in Cornwall and the rest of the UK and to increase public awareness of sharks in British waters.

Richard says: "We're very keen that people who are going to do this should learn how to do it from somewhere. There is only two ways to get involved in something new. One is trial and error and the other is by having someone tell you how to do it. Trial and error is a very dangerous thing to do in a game like this."

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VIMS Shark Research Program - 1.5 Million

How to get funding for shark research - ask for an earmark. Source Washington Watch please vote for this earmark.

Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-1) requests $1,500,000 for:

National Shark Research Consortium/Virginia Institute of Marine Science Route 1208 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Shark Research Program is the longest continuously running shark assessment program in the US. The VIMS program is part of the National Shark Research Consortium (NSRC) of four research institutions, which conducts research on sharks and related fishes in order to provide information to the National Marine Fisheries Service to better manage and conserve these important species. The NSRC has been funded by Congress as part of the NMFS budget under Highly Migratory Species.

Previous research has chronicled the serious decline worldwide of sharks and their relatives due to overfishing and habitat destruction. Some species have been listed as endangered species under the US Endangered Species Act or by the IUCN. Studies have shown that apex predators are essential to maintaining the diversity and productivity of marine ecosystems. The NSRC Highly Migratory Shark Fishery Research Program provides NOAA/NMFS with multi-regional biological research and the information necessary for effective management and conservation of shark fishery resources.

Consortium projects involve NMFS-related research activities required for assessing the status of shark stocks, managing U.S. shark fisheries, and helping our nation take the leading role in worldwide conservation and management of shark populations.