Friday, January 8, 2010
It would seem that 2010 will be as informative and amusing under their "seasoned media eye."
Kudos for this weeks media find, Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus. A film that has plenty of cheese for everyone:
|Senior Associate, Global Shark Conservation |
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, Pew produces fact-based research and develops practical solutions to challenging issues.
The Pew Environment Group
The mission of the Pew Environment Group is to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere, preserve large intact wilderness ecosystems and conserve living marine resources.
For the past two decades, the Environment group has been a major force in driving conservation policy in the United States, and increasingly internationally. The group’s work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:
Global Shark Conservation
Sharks roamed the seas for nearly 200 million years before dinosaurs were on the planet. However, due to the onset of industrialized fisheries in the last fifty years, many populations of large sharks have declined globally by approximately 90 percent. The world's increasing demand for shark fins, used for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup as well as other products, is killing up to 73 million sharks a year—a rate that is highly unsustainable. Sharks are highly vulnerable to overfishing, as they are generally slow-growing and reproduce late in life with few offspring. As a result, entire shark populations may disappear within our lifetime.
The Global Shark Conservation is designed to reverse this decline of shark populations through public education, advocacy and research. With overlapping jurisdictions over shark fisheries, the campaign will work within both international governance bodies (such as regional fisheries management organizations and the United Nations) and treaty organizations such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to secure precautionary, science-based protections for sharks. Domestically, the campaign will work to secure stronger shark management within the U.S. as well as in other coastal nations that still have large populations of sharks left in their territorial waters.
The campaign senior associate will work with the director of the Global Shark Conservation to provide the information and assistance necessary to design and carry out the campaign strategy. The Global Shark Conservation is designed as a two-year effort which begins April 1, 2009 and will run through March 31, 2011. The position may be renewed, pending its progress and the availability of continued financial support. This position will report to the project director and is based in Washington, D.C.
Some travel for this position may be required, including attending international meetings impacting shark conservation, as needed, and/or visiting campaign consultants working around the world on domestic shark conservation measures.
Application for job here.
(Image by Christy Fisher)
I have been thinking a lot about this new decade and the direction it is going both in terms of the commercial shark diving world and shark conservation.
What is evident is that we have left a decade of "shark awareness" behind and have entered the decade of "shark action" and I am very happy to see this sea change within the industry.
This post read by most of you - is now a reality. “Noblesse Oblige." Back in October of 2008 this concept was as far away from being a reality as was Americas ideas of going to the moon in 1961, with the exception of a few operators who lead the industry by example.
We were one of them.
In 2009 the shark diving industry, lead by a few dedicated shark folks and a few "industry late adopters" gelled together and created a tsunami of shark conservation efforts, websites, and a few genuine eco wins.
Now we begin the heavy lifting. Shark conservation is a full time effort as many of you have discovered first hand. It is not "awareness" anymore. It is also not a back end way of promoting "stunt work with sharks" under the guise of conservation.
Flipping tiger sharks upside down at well known shark sites is not conservation.
Playing guitars at 60 feet surrounded by white sharks is also not conservation.
These images and video will, in the long haul, hurt the shark conservation movement, and our industry, and only serve to provide fodder for those who would seek to close the industry regionally, and internationally. The shotgun marriage with these "shark stunts" and shark conservation dilute and marginalize the entire effort.
Given the numbers of shark conservationists we now have engaged around the world, will we be able to effect real and lasting conservation change?
I hope so. Real change will involve critical thinking. It will involve taking risks. It will involve dedication beyond online petitions. It will also involve ignoring flashy and ultimately useless efforts that gain media attention and little else - that was the "decade of awareness."
By now we are all aware that sharks need help. That help must come in the form of measurable, serious, and dedicated efforts. Anyone can claim victory for sharks but unless there is measurable change, the effort is next to useless.
In the conservation game "the ends do not justify the means."
A perfect example of serious and lasting conservation change would be the Alibaba.com effort. Without a doubt this single sustained effort did more to save sharks and stamp out the trade in shark fins than almost any other effort in 2009. It remains a shining example of boots on the ground shark conservation.
The conservation world is rapidly changing from large and ponderous NGO's, to small, nimble conservation efforts that will ultimately lead the "decade of shark action."
Once again kudos to all for the new face of shark conservation, and a successful 2010 to you all.
Patric Douglas CEO