Friday, June 17, 2011

Dr Guy Harvey and Shark Free Marinas - Kudos!

The Shark-Free Marinas Initiative is a voyage, not a destination, and that was aptly demonstrated this month when a shark was mistakenly brought back to a newly adopted Shark-Free Marina in Bimini.

The handling of this fishing gaffe was first rate, using the misunderstanding by a few to educate many more as to the program and it's overall mandate.

As of today many more fishermen in the U.S and beyond are now aware of what the Shark-Free Marinas are.

The Shark-Free Marinas effort is a multi pronged program of education and and deterrence, and like the Marlin program that preceded it many years ago, it is a long term effort.

At stake are the hearts and minds of an entire generation of fishermen who still believe that sharks have no value, a fish unworthy of the status of a Marlin, or Swordfish.

That perception is changing, and the Shark-Free Marinas Initiative is there to help with the transition.

Will other marinas find themselves in similar situations?

Probably so in the short term, and that's where leadership like Guy Harvey's comes in. This weeks press release serves as a template for the industry, and re affirmation that we must change the perception of sharks within the fishing community.

Without a doubt few have managed to tap into the fishing community like Guy, and with his leadership we can slowly begin the long process of getting fishermen to treat sharks with the same protocols and respect as they do with billfish.

It's a voyage, not a destination.

Kudos to Guy Harvey and his team this week.

Patric Douglas CEO

Marc Montocchio - Underwater Photography Greats!

Not being a underwater photographer has allowed me to enjoy those who have taken the craft in new directions.

I am a fan of innovation.

One of these trail blazers is Marc Montocchio, thanks to Da Shark for the blog introduction this week.

"Born in Durban, South Africa, Marc developed an early love for the sea, swimming in the warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. He inherited a passion for fishing from his grandfather, Edouard Montocchio, an avid big game fisherman born in 1906 to a French colonial family on the island of Mauritius."

Marcs work is innovative to say the least and almost impossible to get watch this video. Kudos!