Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dr.Leonardo Castillo Mexico's Shark Advocate

When it comes to shark conservation in Mexico there's few champions like Dr.Leonardo Castillo. He oversaw and wrote the proposed Isla Guadalupe rules and regulations regarding white shark diving and is a tireless campaigner for sharks.

Recently he and his team were responsible for the averted slaughter of sharks off the coastlines of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo-after a series of shark attacks this spring that enraged locals and resort owners:

Mexico begins tagging sharks to prevent attacks

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Scientists say they have begun tagging thousands of sharks off Mexico's Pacific Coast in the hopes of preventing new attacks on humans.

Shark expert Leonardo Castillo says scientists will attach transmitters to two sharks and track them by satellite.

Castillo says that 15 another sharks will get sonar transmitters and 2,000 more will get plastic tags that can be tracked by fishermen.

Sharks recently killed two surfers and wounded a third near the southwestern resort of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, about 240 miles (150 kilometers) north of Acapulco.

Editors Note: Just goes to show you how "one person", with enough drive and conviction, and willing to get out ahead of an issue can effect change in a positive way for sharks. Kudo's to Dr. Castillo.

Shark Diving Film and Television

The always exciting world of shark film and television, shark production, and shark tourism just got a little more interesting.

Since 2003 the CEO of Shark Diver Patric Douglas often wondered why there was no central clearing house for film and television companies seeking help with shark production and for new and upcoming shark diving companies/resorts looking to create and build unique sharks sites.

"The entire industry is fractured, making it extremely challenging for production companies to get the resources they need" says Douglas, "we're hoping to change that".

Douglas and team recently rebranded Shark Divers to meet the growing need for professional shark centric consultation on everything from safety, cage systems, site development, and film and television production.

"We take a step by step safety approach to every project, after all these are sharks".

Worldwide the growth of shark tourism has only been matched by the growth of shark based film and television. 29.1 million viewers tuned into this years Discovery Channel's Shark Week up from 27.2 just one year ago.