There are plenty of organizations that support conservation and do good work even though I may not be a fan of their underlying motivation. Ducks unlimited is a very large conservation organization that does some really positive things for wetlands and waterfowl conservation. It’s all done so they can kill them…errrrr… enjoy and preserve the sport of hunting.
I’m not a big fan of some of the methods Ocearch uses and I certainly would not call them a research organization. I have no time for “Shark Men” but it’s not the worst shark drivel on TV. But, just because I don’t care for their show and have concerns about some of their methods doesn’t mean that their work isn’t valuable. Biologist are tagging all kinds of animals all over the planet trying to understand their movements, so clearly this kind of data is something that the science community values. I only hope that the value of the data Ocearch’s work yields outweighs the negative consequences that all work of this nature brings.
Yes, they are responsible for the mortality of at least one shark. But we can add many more organizations to that list. The first White shark the Monterey Bay Aquarium ever put into captivity died after 10days so they are responsible for the death of at least one Great White.
The TOPP project used long line fishing equipment to capture and tag Blue sharks and Short Fin Mako’s. They mentioned in a blog that they “occasionally lose a shark” and that they try to part out various organs to support different research projects when that happens. I’m guessing that they have more than one in their tally.
And of course, I keep reading disconcerting reports of White sharks accidentally getting stuck in shark cages. I fear that if it hasn’t already happened, it’s only a matter of time before a shark dies or is seriously injured after being entangled with a cage. If that comes to pass then everyone who has supported cage diving through their participation (including myself) will assume part of the responsibility for that event.