Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Is Shark Finning OK?

Finned Reef Shark
According to an article in "Forbes":
Just this week, four of the five largest Chinese-language newspapers in shark fin capital Hong Kong rolled out a high-profile ad campaign that blasts the global anti-shark fin campaign as groundless, and intended “to incite the public to discriminate our own eating culture.”  It claims Western conservation groups “use the shark issue as a fund-raising gimmick.  We now we made a vow to voice out and unveil those lies.”

I have to admit that I've become a bit cynical with the media when it comes to how they portray anything to do with sharks. It seems that they're mostly interested in shocking headlines and have very little substance in the article themselves. So that's why today's article in Forbes came as a pleasant surprise. It is very informative, doesn't use hype and is well written.

In 10 years of working with Great White Sharks this is one of the best articles I've read on the complex subject of shark finning.

Well done Forbes.


Martin Graf
Dive Operations Manager
Shark Diver/Horizon
Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

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Old School Diving with Sharks

As the owner of a commercial shark diving company I marvel at many of the images I see these days of divers with sharks.

There's a grace and fluidity in these images that stops you in your tracks sometimes.

Not too long ago divers had a very different relationship with the oceans and sharks limited by technology and the lack of understanding about sharks in general.

The fundamental change in perceptions about our toothy friends started almost 30 years ago and has continued to change exponentially over the past decade to today.

The growth of shark diving as a sport has been a bright spot in the dive world. In a time when scuba shops and dive operations all over the world have been feeling the effects of dramatic global economic change, commercial shark diving for the most part has seen growth.

Yes, growth.

A few years ago when the economic winds of doom hit the US I was quick to point out that in a time of downturn divers would flock to adventures and marine encounters that delivered real and lasting vacation memories. I was correct.

As a growth potential commercial shark diving has yet to fully hit its stride, but that does not stop me for longing for the days when hard hat divers in old school Mark V diving helmets scoured the ocean depths perchance to encounter a curious Tiger and come back with tales of extreme danger, romantically spun for anyone who would listen.

We have come a long way since then.


Patric Douglas CEO