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To contribute to the worldwide conservation of the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias. To increase public awareness, dispel the myths about the great white shark and provide some hope for the species survival.

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The White Shark Conservation Trust has been established to promote awareness of the need to conserve and protect the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias and to educate the public about the animal. This action was triggered by a personal desire of one of the Trustees who decided he could no longer remain an armchair environmentalist. The realisation of the absolute fragility of these creatures was brought home to Bruce Goorney on a life changing expedition to see the sharks first hand at the Neptune Islands in the Spencer Gulf, South Australia in January 2008.

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To promote their new Animal Experiences, Airbnb partnered with KISS yesterday to play a concert out at sea. KISS played 5 songs, and while no sharks showed themselves during the concert, the crazy sounding idea of attracting sharks for cage diving tourism with music seems to be not-so-crazy after all. The Adventure Bay Charters tour in Port Lincoln, South Australia uses music and auditory stimuli to attract sharks to the guests- no bait or berley - so nothing to reinforce behavioural changes in the sharks or reward them for coming near the boat/humans. The tour pairs the adrenaline experience with education and conservation messages to help guests to go home with a much better understanding and appreciation of sharks and their natural behaviours. Although the sharks didn’t show themselves, we’re sure they were well aware of their special guests! Fortunately our Aussie colleague and published shark scientist, Dr Blake Chapman was there to ensure WSCT got some love from the rockers and that sharks were the major topic of conversation on board the boat. We hope a few die-hard KISS fans (and perhaps KISS themselves) left with a much greater appreciation for these incredible animals.

www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2019/11/great-white-kiss/
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When the Australian coast is affected, we are also affected in New Zealand due to The migratory patterns of so many of the pelagic shark species that are taken. ... See MoreSee Less

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With over 200 species of sharks and rays, the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is considered a global hotspot, with a core in southern Mozambique and north eastern South Africa. However, our oceans suffer intense fishing pressure and overexploitation.

"Transparency is a powerful part of the solution to combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, which represents a grave threat to fish stocks, and the well-being of fishing communities," said Tong Long, CEO of Global Fishing Watch.

Global Fishing Watch enables users with Internet access to monitor fishing activity globally, and to view "individual vessel tracks, exclusive economic zones, marine protected areas, and other features." It is hoped that the initiative can help to reduce "global overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat destruction.”

"Where countries publicly share their vessel data we can create a more complete picture of fishing activity," added Long.

"Law-abiding fishers are tracked easily and openly, demonstrating their compliance. Rogue operators stand out due to their patchy track record or suspicious behaviour. With greater transparency, nations have a more cost-effective way of monitoring vessels that puts the burden on fishers to demonstrate compliance rather than on the country to prove illegality.”

Image credit: Geremy Cliff

Wildoceanssa Ocean Unite WWF South Africa
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species IUCN Shark Specialist Group Shark Conservation Fund Stellenbosch University Florida International University The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
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While it’s hard to make things out at first, this video shows orca hunting a white shark. There has been numerous reports that the white sharks have disappeared from False Bay and Gansbaai due to Orca among other reasons. We recently posted an article on this, however this footage is off Mossel Bay, over 300kms east. That said, we know many of the white sharks from False Bay move to Mossel Bay during the year so it’s possible the orca have followed.
It was possibly Jacque Cousteau who first documented Orca predating great whites. Whether, or why this is seemingly happening more remains a mystery. In our waters around New Zealand, although both white sharks and orca are found, it seems the orca pods do not bother the whites, although that is a generalisation based on what evidence we have to our disposal at present.
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Sharks in NZ Maori Culture

Many Kiwis are unaware of the cultural significance of the white shark to the Maori people.

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Why Save Sharks

So why the need to protect them, or any other shark? The need to be eco friendly, the desire to protect our planet this is something that is being increasingly embraced across the globe.

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How You Can Help

Sometimes it seems like theres a rising tide of apathy and we as individuals are powerless to stop it. This is not true there are so many things we can do, little things can send a powerful message.

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