Friday, November 19, 2010

Playa del Carmen Sharks Killed - 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.

Patric Douglas CEO

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