Overview of paper ‘Bright spots of sustainable shark fishing’

A paper was recently published by Colin A. Simpfendorfer and Nicholas K. Dulvy, aiming to show sustainable shark fishing as a feasible solution to the shark trade crisis. A quarter of shark and ray species are currently facing extinction. Can sharks and rays really be fished sustainably? This report suggests that with science-based management, they can. To use an example species, according to the findings in this paper, 50,000+ tonnes of blue shark (Prionace glauca) are caught in the North Atlantic, 25,000+ tonnes caught in the South Atlantic and 25,000…

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Interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks Pt 2

Today we finish up our interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks. If you missed part 1,  it is still available here. What’s unique about Mossel Bay, South Africa,  is that a lot of the time, you only have to travel 10 minutes from the harbour to find the white sharks. The access is brilliant and the conditions are also amazing with the calm seas. We were used to the huge swells and harsh winds when being at sea in Western Australia on a tiny boat and deploying…

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Interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster of Support Our Sharks Pt1.

Today I have the honor of sharing my interview with Dr. Ryan Kempster founder of the non-profit organisation Support Our Sharks (SOS). Dr. Kempster is a shark biologist who obtained his B.Sc. (2005) and M.Sc. (2007) in marine biology in the UK, and went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the sensory biology of sharks. He recently spent a month with Oceans Research working on his shark deterrent project. Let’s start off with a little background. Do you consider yourself more of a…

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Great White Shark Assessment with Dylan Irion

Have you ever wondered how great white shark populations are counted? I spoke with Dylan Irion who has been working with working with Oceans Research, a marine and terrestrial research and conservation organization based in South Africa, for six years.  He graduated with a BSc in General Biology from the University of Maryland, U.S. in 2008 and an MSc in Applied Marine Science (Zoology) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2013. He’s currently carrying out a new white shark population assessment that will encompass several areas of…

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Awesome Great White Breach

October 2015 Mossel Bay, South Africa Fin and I have had a very busy month so far, and we’re only one week in. The Great White Shark activity has been incredible and I’ve manged to capture some amazing footage. Not only was I lucky enough to witness an attempted predation on the first day of October, but I was then visited by the escapee seal when he used our boat as refuge. He even tried to swim into the cage at one point but couldn’t get between the bars. The…

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Great white shark breach – Mossel Bay

I captured the photo of this amazing juvenile Great White Shark on an early morning breach trip in South Africa. Our Mossel Bay sharks are mostly juveniles and we see a lot of breaching activity throughout the year. Sometimes they are breaching for something specific such as a seal or decoy like the one used for our breach trip, but we also witness random breaches where there isn’t any sign of a target. White Shark Africa’s Shark Program offer these educational breaching trips using decoy seals to give people a…

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