(Dive Travel Business News - July 12, 2012) -- W. Australia -- After being named the deadliest place in the world for shark attacks after four deaths in seven months, Western Australian Fisheries Minister Norman Moore recently announced that regulations were being drafted for a State ban on targeted or dedicated shark tourism ventures, including cage diving operations, based on the attraction of sharks, according to the Ministry website.
Shark tourism and shark cage diving is a popular activity in Southern Australia and South Africa but operators will be prevented from setting up businesses on Australia’s west coast for fear of attracting more sharks.
"I have decided that Western Australia will not be the place for shark cage tourism, like those currently operating in South Australia and South Africa," Mr Moore said.
"While such ventures may generate direct or indirect economic benefits, there are also concerns that sustained activities to attract sharks to feeding opportunities have the potential to change the behaviour patterns of those sharks. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - March 28, 2012) -- Just a few days away, the first Great Fiji Shark Count will be launched. Throughout the month of April 2012, and again in November, sharks, rays and turtles will be identified and counted over all the regions of Fiji.
Event organizers hope that tourists, school children, scientists and all people with an interest in the marine environment will take to the reefs with us to search for the Sharks of Fiji! Easy to do, the Count itself can be done during a normal fishing, SCUBA diving or snorkel trip with a local operator or guide. Participants can do a single count, or take part as many times as they like during that month, and can cover different reefs. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - January 22, 2012) -- This article is provided by shark specialist Debbie Smith, owner of eco-tourism company Diving With Sharks. Her specialty area is annual Sardine Run in South Africa. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - July 31, 2010) -- The world's top shark experts are allowing themselves to be auctioned on eBay during Shark Week 2010 to raise funds for the Shark Research Institute's conservation programs. Up for auction are dinners (or lunches) with the world's foremost shark experts. It is a unique opportunity to "talk shark" face- to-face, one-on-one, with an authority on sharks.
Shark experts and celebrities being auctioned include: Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in- Residence and unquestionably the most eloquent spokesperson for ocean conservation; Dr. Eugenie Clark, founder & director of Mote Marine Labs; Donald Schultz, host of Animal Planet's Wild Recon, Dr. Leonard Compagno, the world's top shark expert; legendary filmmakers Tom Campbell, Jeff Kurr, Marty Snyderman and Jonathan Bird; underwater photographers Amos Nachoum and Matt Potenski, marine painter and author Richard Ellis, artists David Dunleavy and Rogest; and Sherman Lagoon's Jim Toomey and Shaaark's Phil Watson. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - May 31, 2010) -- Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii has signed a landmark bill that prohibits the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins, an ingredient in expensive shark fin soup served in Asian restaurants. read more »
(DiveTravelBusinessNews.com -- January 18, 2010) -- Fiji is back in business after another quiet coup last year. Known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World", Fiji is known for its exceptional reef diving. Travel writer Gary Winter took readers shark diving off Pacific Harbour located on the island of Viti Levu in this recent travel article from The New York Times. Read more and you'll also find links to a shark slide show, and the Fiji Travel Guide.
(Dive Travel Business News - January 18, 2008) --The Micronesian Shark Foundation (MSF) will hold it sixth annual shark week at the Fish n Fins dive shop, in Palau between March 27 and April 3, 2008.
The Micronesian Shark Foundation is a Palauan-based, non-profit foundation whose goal is to research and monitor the many sharks of Palau as well as scientific shark data collection. Between February and April, hundreds of grey reef sharks migrate to the waters of Palau to mate. This generates a fabulous opportunity for shark lovers to dive with the world famous sharks of Palau and to participate in data collection. Following a dedicated day of shark diving, a full evening’s program of shark themed seminars and activities are conducted at the dive shop. read more »