September 2010

Mozambique Shark Fin Trade Growing
BBC, Phillipe Cousteau Jr. and his team recently visited Mozambique to document the growing shark fin trade. According to the below clip from the film, most people in the country live off just $1 per day. Its obvious why shark finning is so appealing when the fins from a large shark are worth as much as $60. Just "six sharks can provide a year's income, says the narrator. [read more...] -- Posted Thursday, September 30, 2010 by chb

Former oil rig near Sipadan serves as dive resort
What can you do with a retired oil rig? Convert it into a dive resort, of course! That's what the folks behind the Seaventures platform did. It is located in the Celebes Sea, which is bordered by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and combines the amenities of a truly unique dive resort with the convenience of a liveaboard and the accessibility of Sipadan island and some of Borneo's best dive sites. [Read article in the Wall Street Journal and view the Seaventures website] -- Posted Monday, September 27, 2010 by chb

Manta Ray steals dSLR camera rig!
The folks at IntoTheDrink.com are famous for producing some of the most exotic travel show footage ever. Recently, they did a manta ray night dive off Kailua Kona, Hawaii, , and one of the mantas snatched the cameraman's Canon 5D Mark II rig and took off with it. And it's all on video! See it on YouTube here. -- Posted Monday, September 27, 2010 by chb

Mala Warf Dive Profile
Last month, ScubadiverInfo's Joe Roualdes visited Maui to dive Black Rock, Slaughter House, Five Caves, Old Airport Beach and my personal favorite... Mala Warf -- also called Mala Ramp and Lahaina Pier. Read his report on Mala Warf and view his high definition video report. [read more...] -- Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 by chb

Ban Shark Fining in the Bahamas
SUNCO Wholesale Seafood Ltd. is exploring the export of shark fins caught in the Bahamas. Learn more and sign a petition to ban it here: Ban Shark Fining in the Bahamas -- Posted Monday, September 20, 2010 by jroualdes

Ban Shark Fining in the Bahamas
While it seems unthinkable, commercial shark fining in the Bahamas may soon be legal. SUNCO Wholesale Seafood Ltd. is exploring the export of shark fins caught in the Bahamas. Despite contributing to the Bahamas' growing eco-tourism sector, sharks are unprotected because they've never been commercially fished in the country. "Tourism as an industry not only accounts for over 60 percent of the Bahamian GDP, but provides jobs for more than half the country's workforce," according to Encyclopedia of the Nations. [read more...] -- Posted Monday, September 20, 2010 by chb