Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Saying a Few Good Words For Our Industry?

TravelMole is the travel portal for tourism offices, travel agents, and industry types the world over. 

So when they asked us to comment on a recent decision by Western Australia to pre-ban all shark diving in the region to focus instead on an antiquated shark net policy...you know we had some choice words on the matter.

As did one George Burgess from Florida. Seriously George, you have to get some better talking points about the global shark diving industry. We would suggest that you do the following if you are to stay credible in the coming years:

1. Get out from behind your desk.

2. Go shark diving for once, or even twice.

3. Get to know our industry beyond what you see on Animal Planet and You Tube.


George has been a media thorn in the side of a global industry that has matured and has grown over the past decade beyond a handful of operations and into a global juggernaut of conservation minded tourism folks who understand the many facets of animal interactions and sustainability.

Here's our quotes, we'll leave George to sort out what he said, suffice to say, if you pull a media quote from George going back to 1985, it all sounds the same.

Desk George, walk away from the desk:

Patric Douglas, CEO of Sharkdiver, a US-based shark diving company that operates in Mexican waters told TravelMole: "As a successful commercial shark diving operator with over 15 years of experience with big animals like white sharks and tigers I am always a bit taken aback at the few backwards looking politicians who see sharks through the same lens cast in the 1970's after the movie Jaws debuted.

"The past decade has seen a revolution in the commercial shark diving world from enhanced shark diving protocols to broad based conservation initiatives developed by commercial shark diving operations designed to save dwindling shark populations. Additionally, commercial shark diving is a major tourism driver in places like the Bahamas which counts on the direct tourism revenue each year from safe interactions with sharks."


About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at sharkcrew@gmail.com.

3 comments:

OfficetoOcean said...

I think the big guy's school of thought can be traced as far back as his profile picture on the ISAF...

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/staff/George2.JPG

Shark Diver said...

One trick pony, if the media wants a Bah-Humbug quote for commercial shark diving George is their man.

Sad really, as our industry has matured beyond anything he could ever dream of.

To know it you have to get out in the field and see it like we do.

OfficetoOcean said...

How many of the soundbite providers in the industry have ever actually spent any time in the water with sharks? I've just done another blog in reference to Christopher Neff who I can see being pushed by certain quarters as the heir to Burgess's "Shark Attack" throne but again, someone who has ZERO experience of interaction with sharks in a wild environment.

Plus, we're also waaaaaay cooler than the desk jockeys ;)