Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shark Tourism-Rock and a Hard Place

Some horrific news today from South Africa as owner operators of several well known dive shops were confronted with the sight of tons of dead sharks this week.

South Africa's shark tourism is on the front lines in the ongoing issue of sustainable shark tourism vs shark meat and raw product use:

Eco-tourists who dive with sharks off Miller's Point are up in arms after being confronted by the sight of fishermen offloading tons of dead sharks from boats awash with blood.

Many of the divers are international tourists who travel to South Africa specially to see sharks, which have been wiped out in other parts of the world.

But Tony Trimmel of the Kalk Bay Boat Owners' Association said commercial fishermen targeted sharks only when lucrative species like yellowtail and snoek were unavailable.

"They don't target sharks on a daily basis-but they have to make a living."

Editors Note: Worldwide this is an ongoing problem with use groups who both have the right to either fish or interact with sharks. In other areas of South Africa the demands for shark fins and meat is so high that fishermen are taking sharks from Marine Protected Areas.

Like we said many months ago "It's a race between the raw product use of sharks and sustainable tourism". That's the Rock and the Hard place.

2 comments:

the One called "Bitey".... said...

Sink the boats. I know it sounds unbelievable, but there may be no more time left for reasoned dialogue.
These guys readily admit they'll catch anything once they can't find anymore of their target animals - this is an admission of wanton rape of the seas, and they need to have their boats taken from them so they cannot continue.
Learn a new trade. I have NO sympathy for this. None.

Shark Diver said...

"Bitey" we like your style-sadly it's looking like it might come down to this in the end.