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marydiondiver

Member Since 28 Feb 2008
Offline Last Active Jun 20 2010 12:15 PM
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Topics I've Started

Help establish a new shark sanctuary in Raja Ampat

17 June 2010 - 07:59 AM

Overview:
Indonesia enjoys the most biodiverse ocean environments on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also the world's largest shark fishery, having all but emptied its waters of a valuable resource: its sharks.

Raja Ampat in Eastern Indonesia is perhaps the crown jewel of this biodiverse region, but its shark populations have been ravaged and its manta populations are now under siege.

Shark Savers is working with the Misool Eco Resort, Conservation International's Indonesia Marine Program, WildAid, and other NGOs and eco-tourism companies on a new initiative to convince the Raja Ampat government to prohibit all fishing of sharks, mantas, and mobulas.

Please link here to sign the petition:

http://www.sharksave...raja-ampat.html

Note: This is not a "feel good" petition! The petition is one piece of a comprehensive initiative. It's very important that we show the Raja Ampat Fisheries and Tourism Depts. that sharks, mantas and mobulas are very valuable to their local economy - ALIVE!

Thanks!
Mary

Hawaiian Bill to Ban the possession, sales and distribution of shark fins

02 April 2010 - 05:20 AM

I've posted the latest instructions from Stefanie Brendl as well as an example letter written by Mark Thorpe.

They've managed to turn this around and were able to get the bill passed out of the House Judicial Committee yesterday!! Now it's going to be voted on by the full House -- probably Tuesday. Stefanie has provided instructions -- they're looking for letters and positive media attention.

http://sharksafe.blo...an-possession...

Thank you!!
Mary



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Has anyone seen this blenny?

16 March 2010 - 07:18 PM

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My husband, Lupo, shot this blenny a few days ago in Triton Bay. We haven't found it in any ID books on the boat, but we haven't had access to a Humann / DeLoach book yet. It may also be that other ID pics of this blenny don't show him out far enough to reveal that beautiful little bowtie pattern. It's really adorable! Here's an image. If anyone knows what it is, please let me know!

Thanks!
Mary

Shark Rescue Hong Kong -- Dive Trip Contest

30 November 2009 - 10:41 AM

To enter this drawing, simply purchase a Shark Rescue 3 Card Pack for $10. The cards are Post Cards addressed to Hong Kong's Chief Executive asking him to put an end to the shark fin trade in Hong Kong. Let the leader who can make the biggest difference for protecting sharks know it's not OK to ruin our oceans!

For more details and to enter:

http://www.sharkresc...m/contests.html

Shark Rescue Hong Kong is working on a number of innovate programs to raise awareness and educate the public about the need to protect sharks and conserve the oceans. You may remember the founder, Ran Elfassy, from the Shark Rescue Launch video clip that was posted on Wetpixel a few months ago by Alex Hofford of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation:



Shark Rescue is a great organization to support to help make a difference in Hong Kong -- the epicenter of the shark fin trade! And it only costs $10 to enter and you have a chance to win a 10 day live aboard dive trip in Indonesia! Please help these guys out and spread the word too.

Thanks!!
Mary

Florida Lemon Sharks - Petition and Public Workshops

11 October 2009 - 09:55 AM

Yes another petition!!! But it just takes a minute and an impressive # of signatures can hopefully give some weight to the position of those of us who asking for their protection. Here it is -- it's only been up for a little over 24 hours and already is up to over 1200 signatures. We want to get to 10,000 before the October 19th and 20th FWC Workshops that have been scheduled specifically to address the lemon shark issue.

http://www.thepetiti...ct-lemon-sharks

And more importantly if you're in Florida, please, please come to one of the FWC Public Lemon Shark Workshops:

Oct. 19th - Fort Myers, FL - 6pm - 8pm - Joseph P. D'Alessandro Office Complex, 2295 Victoria Ave.
Oct. 20th - Dania Beach, FL - 6pm -8pm - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way.

The FWC representatives there count the number of people present at the meetings and how many people speak. It really does make a difference!

And to give an idea of why this issue is so crucial, I think the following comment made by Walt Stearns says it best:

Walt, as many of you know, is the person who actually discovered the lemon shark aggregations in Florida and has been studying them with Dr Gruber for the past several years. He made the following comment:

An added note: Even NOAA, in a recently published a risk-analysis paper (Cortes et al 2008), reported the lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) is the most vulnerable of all the large coastal sharks to overfishing. To the commercial fishermen, Florida's lemon shark aggregations can be turned into the literal version of shooting fish in a barrel. If you need to see an example, look to the schooling hammerheads in the Sea of Cortez. They, for intensive purposes have been eradicated from that part of the world through commercial practices. Fortunately for schooling hammerheads, there are still alternative populations remaining in parts of the world like the Galapagos, Cocos, Malpelo or Socorro Islands. For lemons, the line in the sand is here in Florida.

Bottom line, it's really important! Please sign and by all means if you can make it to one of the Lemon Shark Workshops, please, please come and speak. We can help with talking points. Please message me if you will be able to attend one of the Workshops.

Thanks!!
Mary