With their black eyes and rows of teeth, it’s easy to understand why many people fear sharks, but our view of these creatures is actually hurting their chances for survival.
A new analysis determined that negative media reports about sharks and shark attacks are hindering shark conservation efforts. According to the analysis, Australian and U.S. news articles are more likely to focus on shark attacks than on shark conservation issues.
With a possible high of 28 °C on Saturday 10th November, Brisbane Australia, you’d expect to find most people in the water, especially if they’re wearing wetsuits. But the first Brisbane Wetsuit Walk will see hundreds of divers walk the city streets in their wetsuits to raise awareness for sharks. They’re taking on the job of positive publicist for sharks everywhere.
Gaya Island Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, 88100 Kota Kinabalu,
6° 1' 23.3832" N, 116° 1' 38.766" E
Dive DownBelow, Sabah, Malaysia is FINatical about sharks and swimming to end finning this November.
On Sunday, 4 November 2012, Downbelow is hosting a Finathon – a 1km ‘fun swim’ – at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in order to raise awareness of the plight of sharks and funds for Project AWARE who is fighting for legislation to give sharks a fighting chance.
Are you and your friends FINatical about Sharks? Project AWARE & PADI Staff are swimming 25 kilometers to end shark finning for Project AWARE’s first Finathon™! The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. You can join the race to protect them. Join our Finathon™ team, seek sponsorship and let the global race to end shark finning begin.
The UAE should introduce tough new measures to protect threatened shark species, according to one of the organisers of a conservation conference taking place this week.
The Emirates took action in 2008 by banning the finning of live sharks at sea and outlawing shark fishing from January 1 to April 30 each year.
But Jonathan Ali Khan, a shark expert and wildlife filmmaker, said the UAE should take its policies one step further and ban imports and exports of shark fins and imports of whole sharks. He would also like to see the no-fishing period extended.
Sharks have a direct lineage to the Jurassic era, predating the dinosaurs. Despite existing for millions of years, it is questionable whether all of their types will see out the next 100. Global landings of sharks in the early 1950s were around 200,000 tons per year. By 2011 it was estimated that up to 73 million sharks were being captured by year.
The European Parliament is set to vote next week on a complete ban on shark finning. After six years of debate, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will finally be voting on amendments aimed at closing loopholes in the current shark finning regulation (final vote in plenary is due to take place in October).
Vincent Mock’s deep love for the ocean is apparent through his art where he explores the human disconnection from nature in an ironic way – sculpting ocean predators from the very fish hooks that threaten their survival. A fellow PADI Divemaster and artist, Mock has traveled and dived the world over. Here he discusses his Hooked on Life series.