Monday, September 26, 2011

Venice Beach White Shark Video - Catch and Release

"A baby great white shark got caught with a fishing pole from Venice Beach pier. The locals brought it to shore, took out the hook and set it back out to sea."

Hat Tip: The Paxton Brothers for the video discovery.

Stuart Cove, Smartest Guy in the Room? - You Bet

Stuarts New Office Old Bahama Bay Resort
I have to admit I have been a huge fan of commercial shark diving operator Stuart Cove for quite some time now. He's one of the savviest businessmen in the industry. Building, growing, and branding what amounts to a Shark Diving Empire in the Bahamas.

The empire is in expansion mode with a new office and dive site at Tiger Beach and rumors of a move to Cat Island as well.

I saw the office and spoke to his crew first hand last week as they arrived to set up with a new inflatable and "one day" Tiger Beach dive offers.

We had been on site with the Tigers filming a 10 day production with the M/V Kate over the past week.

Kudos to Stuart and his entire crew for the move. His new office will help the struggling economy of the West End, Grand Bahama and his entrance into the Tiger Beach arena only means good things for the site as a whole.

Operations typically view each other with suspicion and no end of rancor and angst. It's been one of the ongoing mainstays of our industry worldwide.

We don't see it that way.

The market can handle another operation at Tiger Beach and we are many years out from complete saturation at this pristine and unique dive site.

We look forward to seeing Stuart and crew out there this fall and next spring, if you ever need anything we're here to help.

Let's go shark diving!

Patric Douglas CEO

Fiji Shark Fin Hub in the Crosshairs

Thanks to Mike aka Da Shark in Fiji for the heads up and this weeks great news about shark fin hubs.

As it turns out shark fins are harvested all over the Pacific region and transshipped to Fiji for sorting, packing, and shipment to China.

It's big business, to the tune of 100 metric tons a year. As Mike points out "that's a whole lotta sharks".

Naturally PEW and the Coral Alliance are behind this latest effort to curb the shark fin trade.