MarineScienceToday is now officially a Shark-Friendly business!
From the Shark-Free Marina Initiative:
The Shark-Free Marina Initiative has a singular purpose, to reduce worldwide shark mortality. We encourage shark conservation at sport fishing and resort marinas by prohibiting the landing of any shark at the participating marina. The SFMI works with marinas, fishermen and like minded non-profit groups to form community conscious policy and increase awareness of the need to protect our sharks, our ocean and our legacy.
I first learned about the Shark Free Marina Initiative (SFMI) during a conference last year where Luke Tipple, the managing director and founder of the SFMI, was a panelist at a session about sharks. He spoke mainly about the economic benefits of leaving sharks in the water, and spent some time explaining the goal of the SFMI.
The SFMI has two classifications, Shark-Free and Shark-Friendly. A Shark-Free Marina has a zero-take policy; it does not allow sharks to be killed or landed at their marina. A Shark-Friendly Marina or business does not serve shark products, does not promote any activities that harm sharks, and discourages the killing or landing of sharks. MST is a Shark-Friendly business because we understand the importance of these creatures and we don’t want to see them disappear from our oceans.
Take a look at this video that explains a little more about sharks and the Initiative:
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