Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fear Me not!

Very nice - watch.

I say, Vinaka Vakalevu - much appreciated, and glad that you've enjoyed the experience!

PS - Shawn on the PADI blog right here!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Florida Land-Based Shark Fishing - Action Alert!

Yet another majestic GHH killed by a land-based Shark fisherman - source.

Read this and especially the links.

Yes it is crunch time.
As a reminder, this is about those poor Sharks that will die even if they are released, but it is also about public safety = very much case in point.

Please visit those meetings and please, do speak up.
And if you cannot attend or live elsewhere, please do submit your comments here

Thank you.

PS - Kj Smith here - and yes there are further, extremely alarming public safety aspects that need to be exposed. Keep watching this space!

Monday, July 16, 2018

BAD Bull Sharks!

Very nice!

Thank you Olivia.
It is always a great pleasure hosting the Rolex Scholars and their lovely and indefatigable mer-mom Jayne, and this has certainly been no exception.

You can read Olivia's blog post right here.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rats and Coral Reefs - Paper!

Click for detail!

Very nice!

There, introduced Coconut trees were shown to reduce seabird abundance by being unsuitable as roosting and  nesting trees; here, this new paper examines the effects of invasive rats killing off seabird colonies in Chagos and shows that as a consequence, the biomass of Coral Reef communities adjacent to rat-infested islands is substantially smaller than next to rat-free islands.
Stories here and here.

Required reading - enjoy!

PS - Good job, poop!

Florida Land-Based Shark Fishing - Management Recommendations!

I must really say that I'm pleasantly surprised.
Contrary to my expectations, the staff of the FWC have put together quite a good list of recommendations - but then again, I am not there so should you need guidance, please feel free to address yourselves the good folks at the ASC.
Also, please do read David's paper.

Again, please do attend the meetings and speak up.
The dates and venues are here.

Thank you.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Jess - testing Shark Sanctuaries!

Good one!

Read this.
So Jess is back in the Cooks in order to test what she helped achieve, and I really do applaud her for it.

Really looking forward to her findings.
Contrary to some scathing commentaries by their detractors, the jury is still very much out on whether those Shark Sanctuaries work, or not. Until proven wrong, I continue to believe that they largely do (read the links, too!) and that they are the best available stop-gap, quick-fix solution pending the establishment of proper fisheries management.

But we shall see shall we not.
To be continued no doubt!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Florida Land-Based Shark Fishing Workshops - the Venues!

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So here you go.

Like I said, please attend and make a difference.
Thank you!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Broadreach - Trip Reports!


Time sure flies!
Broadreach are once again in town with their incomparable sharky High Scool and College summer programs - and having checked, it very much looks like this may well be year 11 in a row!
Just amazing - and still as rewarding!

And like always, there are trip reports!
College here - and here are the High School reports inclusive of the awesome news that after a three-year hiatus, our incomparable friend Lindsay is gracing our shores for the fifth time, undoubtedly in order to check on her beautiful and sweet yet always feisty and badass namesake!

Enjoy the great reports!