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International Shark Conservation Dive Event in Micronesia

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A shark conservation and awareness dive event on Yap Island, dubbed “Yap Divers for Sharks”, is raising awareness of the global state of sharks and bringing conservation education to scuba divers as well as local classrooms on a remote Pacific Island. This two-week event is hosted by Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers, in cooperation with International conservation NGO’s “Divers 4 Sharks” (Brazil) and “Shark Angels” (USA) beginning on October 12th, 2019.


This shark-focused event is complete with live presentations by shark activists, special shark dive plans, evening media presentations, a fun photo contest, eco-tours and a private beach party with a traditional local dance. Diving Yap is a big animal paradise where manta rays and sharks thrive in Yap State’s government-backed marine sanctuary – dive two tanks per day with activists on dives planned around shark interactions.

I wanted to create a dive event where we focus on sharks, and not just diving with them, but learning about shark conservation with some of the leading activists in the field.” – Bill Acker, CEO, Manta Ray Bay Resort


This event is just one marine ecology-focused dive package on the menu at Manta Ray Bay Resort. Marine Biology Weeks in November is where divers focus on coral reef systems and perform basic research exercises and laboratory sessions with scientists while diving Yap.

For more information visit the Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers website by clicking here.

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Shark Night with The Shark Trust

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The Shark Trust are on a mission to get people talking about sharks. What makes a shark, why sharks matter, what challenges they face and what YOU can do to protect them.

The Ocean Conservation Trust has been working with the Shark Trust to produce a series of “Shark Shorts” – simple explainer films to get the conversation started. And now it’s premiere night!

You can be there!

  • Wednesday 11th August at 6:30pm
  • National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Walk the red carpet and take your seat for the first showing of the Shark Shorts.

The Shark Trust will be there with the Ocean Conservation Trust to answer your questions and make this a truly jawsome night.

Book your ticket by clicking here.

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Expedition on the Saba Bank to Enhance Tiger Shark Protection

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This August a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. Researchers will investigate the migration routes, where and when tiger sharks breed so they can protect them better within the Dutch Caribbean’s Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary as well as beyond. In this expedition members from the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), Nature Foundation St. Maarten (NFSXM), St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA), STINAPA Bonaire, the Aruba National Parks Foundation (FPNA), the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature the Netherlands (WWF-NL) will participate.

In 2016, the Saba Conservation Foundation, Nature Foundation St. Maarten, and Sharks for Kids  partnered together as part of DCNA’s Save our Sharks Project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. Since then, satellite tagging of tiger sharks has been conducted on the Saba Bank and around Sint Maarten. Through this research we now know that tiger sharks in Dutch waters travel throughout the Caribbean basin, with most of these tagged sharks being sexually mature females. During the upcoming expedition the researchers aim to not only tag and track more tiger sharks to further investigate the life cycle, but they will also measure if and how large the pups inside pregnant tiger sharks are. This will help to determine if the Saba Bank is in fact a breeding ground for tiger sharks, one of the main goals of the expedition.

(c) Sami Kattan

The other objective is to see where these transboundary sharks migrate to in order to better understand the importance of the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary and protect other geographical areas. The Yarari Sanctuary was established on September 1, 2015 and aims to protect marine mammals, sharks, and rays throughout the waters of Bonaire, Saba, and since September 2018, St. Eustatius. Collaboration between not only the six Dutch Caribbean islands but countries across the wider Caribbean as a whole is necessary in order to protect and conserve these essential species and ecosystems. Therefore the Caribbean Shark Coalition was recently formed to collaborate better in the entire Greater Caribbean region.

Celebrated on July 28 each year, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society. This includes a healthy ocean which, undoubtedly, depends on sharks. Sharks are large top predators that serve a critical role in maintaining balance in the marine ecosystem. Sharks help keep their prey population healthy by eating the weak while also affecting their prey’s distribution. In healthy oceans, sharks help to maintain stable fish stocks and healthy coral reefs and seagrass beds, which is important for the fisheries and the economy of the islands.

The Tiger Shark research expedition is coordinated by the DCNA and generously funded by WWF-NL through the Biodiversity Funds and the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.

For more information on the Pregnant Tiger Shark Expedition, follow the participating organizations on Facebook, Instagram or DCNA’s website.

Header image: Jarrett Corke (WWF Canada)

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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