Highly sought for their fins, meat, oil, teeth and cartilage, sharks have a high price on their heads. Demand for shark fins, lacking fishery management and virtually non-existing regulations for almost all shark trade are pushing many shark species to the brink of extinction.
The heat is on to give decimated shark populations the protections they deserve. And Project AWARE is targeting the power of one of the world’s largest, most effective wildlife conservation agreements to do it – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
While CITES has helped to save a myriad of terrestrial species like the African elephant, the effort to add sharks and marine fish to CITES is still relatively new territory, resulting in difficult battles.
Help by Signing the Petition! You can join tens of thousands of AWARE divers and shark advocates who are serious about shark protection. Sign the petition and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same. Sign the Petition here
Help by Joining us for Shark Shout Out 2012 Activities in Bunaken and Lembeh – we are running a number of things at our resorts that allow you to be involved.
Get educated! We show a Special Shark documentary or Shark Quiz in the evenings. We also have a weekly Shark Guardian presentation, below is a trailer/introduction to this presentation.
Take a course! Two Fish Divers have already donated USD500 to PADI to certify all our instructors so that they can offer the new PADI Shark Conservation Course, this donation has been handed over to the Project AWARE – Sharks in Peril project.
(Note – we were the first PADI center in Asia Pacific to make 100% of their instructors able to teach Shark Conservation Speciality courses! Check out the event on Facebook here)
The PADI Shark Conservation Course costs €20 for 2 dives & manual PLUS €30 for the PADI certificate. All proceeds from the certification will also be donated to the Project Aware – Sharks in Peril Project.
On our Instrcutor Course (IDC), we are also including the PADI Shark Conservation instructor speciality course for FREE. This means that all our new instructors can teach PADI Shark Conservation Courses themselves wherever they end up working, thereby helping to “spread the message”.
Make a donation! Brendon (our Course Director) and Liz (our resort manager in Bunaken) are running an organisation called Shark Guardian, this is dedicated to the conservation of sharks by reaching out and giving presentations at schools. Be the first to become a Shark Guardian Member by donating EUR20-50, you will:
We hope that you will join us in Bunaken or Lembeh and get involved in Shout for Sharks!
As divers, we do love nature and underwater life and Two Fish have decide to start contributing to protect this underwater life as much as we can by supporting this Debris Month of Action.
What is marine debris?
Marine debris is any manufactured or processed solid material that, regardless of size, finds its way into the marine and coastal environment. These include materials discarded into the sea or on beaches; brought indirectly to the sea by rivers, sewage, storm water, or winds; accidently lost or deliberately discarded at sea; or deliberately left by people on beaches and shores.
Why should I participate in Dive Against Debris?
Because the underwater world needs your help. You will be contributing to a global effort to build a complete picture of the impacts of marine debris. The information you collect and report will help change local and regional waste policies. Also, removing debris during your Dive Against Debris makes the ocean cleaner, healthier and safer for marine life. More than 260 marine species are affected by marine debris. Sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, fishes, seabirds and many other animals ingest or get entangled in trash. As a result, marine debris kills many thousands of marine animals every year. Additionally, you can help educate your friends and colleagues about the issue of marine debris. The simple act of telling your family and friends about your Dive Against Debris will increase awareness of this issue and can help move us towards a world where we reduce, reuse and recycle to stop marine debris.
How will we be participating in Dive Against Debris?
Two Fish Divers will be supporting this Debris Month of Action in both locations; Bunaken and Lembeh by:
- Giving weekly presentations about marine debris
- Beach Clean-ups
- Underwater clean-ups
- Reporting of data for debris found during clean-up events
Of course the actual cleaning-up of trash and debris is very important, but the big drive from this is reporting the data from these clean-up events. By reporting the data we hope to have a better understanding of the impact of marine debris, and help to drive changes in how waste is managed both locally and globally.
More info at Project Aware.
The 10th Celebrate the Sea Festival 2010 is once again gearing up to be the most exciting and inspiring festival of the sea in the Asia Pacific. Howard & Michelle Hall, world renowned film makers for their astonishing IMAX 3D productions of Deep Sea and Coral Reef Adventure, will be attending the September festival to share their adventures along with National Geographic’s deep-sea explorer Emory Kristof, acclaimed as among the first to discover the wreck of the Titanic. Attendees can expect very extraordinary presentations from a host of celebrated underwater luminaries including Dr Mark Erdmann, Leandro Blanco, Eric Bettens, Amanda Cotton, Steve Jones, Michael AW, Mathieu Meur, William Macdonald and Indonesia’s very own award-winning underwater photographer Ronny Rengkung.
Special Guests: Howard Hall: Michelle Hall: Neville Coleman
With the association of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, Le Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Marine – Marseille – now in its 37th year, Celebrate the Sea is seen as the most important underwater film and photographic event in the world outside of Europe.
One of the highlights of Celebrate the Sea is the 4-day photographic SOS ‘shoot out’ competition from 19-23 September; photographers from the world over are invited to North Sulawesi to compete for the prestigious “Most Influential Shoot Out Underwater Photographer of the Year award” with cash prize and holiday prize of USD5000 value.* The festival’s international underwater imagery competition also calls for entries from photographers and film makers to compete in the seven categories; Black and White print, Colour Print, Portfolio of Festival, Trio, Slide Shows, short video and feature length documentary.
The Celebrate the Sea weekend at the scenic Sintesa Peninsula Hotel Manado shall be jam packed with seminars on ocean conservation, climate change, underwater photographic workshops, a photographic exhibition and an international underwater film festival featuring winning films from the World Underwater Pictures Festival. Highlights of the weekend also include screening of films and prints in competition, slide show competition, children’s painting competition, photographic workshop, dive travel, and an exhibition of marine arts & craft. As in previous festivals, the event is the platform for OceanNEnvironment Australia to launch its annual shark conservation campaign. Over 5000 children will compete in this year’s Celebrate the Sea art competition and the finalists will be invited to compete in the final round to win the prestigious Ambassador for Sharks Award.
The festival’s international underwater imagery competition also calls for entries from photographers and film makers to compete in the seven categories; Black and White print, Colour Print, Portfolio of Festival, Trio, Slide Shows, short video and feature length documentary.
The Celebrate the Sea weekend at the scenic Sintesa Peninsula Hotel Manado shall be jam pack with seminars on ocean conservation, climate change, underwater photographic workshops, photographic exhibition and an international underwater film festival featuring winning films from the World Underwater Pictures Festival. Highlights of the weekend also include screening of films and prints in competition, slide shows competition, children’s painting competition, photographic workshop, dive travels, and an exhibition of marine arts & craft. As in previous festivals, the event is the platform for OceanNEnvironment Australia to launch its annual shark’s conservation campaign. Over 5000 children will compete in this year Celebrate the Sea art competition and the finalists will be invited to compete in the final round to win the prestigious Ambassador for Sharks Award.
Join Two Fish Divers is one of the sponsors of the event.
Join us for our SHOOT OUT PACKAGE from 19-23 September. You can choose from a single location in either Bunaken or Lembeh or get the best of both worlds with a Combo Package for both. Prices start from just EUR405 per person per double/twin cottage. You would get disccounted masterpasses!
Our Course Director Brendon Sing is presenting a weekly Shark Guardian Presentation at Two Fish Bunaken. As divers we do care about sharks and this is a great way to learn more about them and have chat about this subject at Blue Parrot Cafe.
SHARK GUARDIAN PRESENTATION
The Shark Guardian multimedia based slide show has been in development for over 10 years. The presentation is unique and incorporates a combination of brilliant images and films, leaving the audience amazed and with a new found insight and appreciation for sharks. The presentation is designed to show people the true and natural beauty of sharks, their role in the eco-system and why sharks are vital for all life on Earth. The Shark Guardian presentation is suitable for all ages and when necessary it is altered to suit the audience.
As part of the presentation Brendon wants to show the audience how they can help and get involved with shark conservation efforts anywhere in the world. Through education and action, with the belief that we can make a difference and with the right motivation, we can achieve stronger protection for sharks worldwidePLEASE VISIT THE SHARK GUARDIAN WEBSITE