Save Our Seas Summer 2014

The Save Our Seas magazine is a visual celebration of the projects the Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting around the world. Powerful and unique imagery highlight the incredible diversity and beauty of nature, and the impact that we, humans, have on the Oceans. We thrive to produce both a reference magazine for marine conservation bonding compelling visuals and revealing content, and a driver for optimism, showcasing the ripple effect that one organisation can have in the world of ocean conservation. «In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats.» Save Our Seas Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

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contributors to this edition

Thomas P. Peschak Director of conservation for the SOSF, National Geographic Magazine photographer and fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Guy Stevens Chief executive of the Manta Trust charity group, which co-ordinates global research and conservation efforts for manta rays worldwide. Rainer von Brandis Scientific director of the SOSF D’Arros Research Centre, which focuses on D’Arros and St Joseph Atoll – small mounds of land in the Indian Ocean. Mahmood Shivji Professor of marine science at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center in Florida, and director of the SOSF Shark Research Center. Sarah Fowler Principal scientist for the Save Our Seas Foundation and shark conservationist for three decades, serving on governmental bodies and in NGOs.…

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our ocean

THE BIOMASS of predatory reef fish is incredibly high at Aldabra Atoll (Seychelles) and Bohar snappers are amongst the most abundant. Large schools aggregate at the mouth of the channels that funnel water in and out of the lagoon and these readily eclipse coral pinnacles. PHOTO BY THOMAS P. PESCHAK A CAPE GANNET approaches low to land on Malgas Island (South Africa), one of only six nesting locations in the world for this threatened species. During the breeding season this rocky outpost off the South African west coast is carpeted by tens of thousands of gannets. PHOTO BY THOMAS P. PESCHAK TODAY STILT FISHING is only practiced by a small number of families along the south-west coast of Sri Lanka and many practitioners died during the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. The exact origins…

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founder’s note

THE CHALLENGES OUR OCEANS and their inhabitants face today are vast. Since its inception 10 years ago, the Save Our Seas Foundation has funded 160 projects in more than 40 countries across the globe. Each project, in its own unique way, strives for a deeper understanding and therefore better solutions in the areas of marine science research, conservation and education. The raw ideas upon which the organisation was founded are: a shared passion for sharks and the oceans, a willingness to invest in early career professionals, and a desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of traditional scientific publications. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are launching our new Save Our Seas magazine. This publication is a celebration of these principles by showcasing incredible stories from Save Our Seas-funded projects all over the…

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a note from the ceo

My earliest memories of sharks come from articles in National Geographic Magazine and Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries. These elements ignited my passion for the oceans, and especially for sharks. On September 23, 2003, the Save Our Seas Foundation was created in order to safeguard the future of the oceans, particularly for sharks. A tall order, to be sure, but with every project funded we make positive steps towards realising this goal. To quote Peter Benchley’s infamous bestseller, Jaws, ‘Sharks have everything a scientist dreams of. They’re beautiful. They’re like an impossibly perfect piece of machinery. They’re as graceful as any bird. They’re as mysterious as any animal on earth’ As most of us know, the book, followed by the movie embedded a viral and irrational fear of sharks. However, since the book was…

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about the foundation

In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. From a small not-for-profit organisation funding just five projects, in less than 10 years, the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) has grown to become a major player in the fight to save the world’s oceans and the wealth of marine life they contain. While SOSF itself is not a research institute, its generous contributions of both financial, practical and scientific support have, to date, facilitated more than 160 marine research and conservation projects around the world. To find out more about the foundation visit: Editors-in-chief Thomas P. Peschak and Michael C. Scholl Art direction Alessandro Bonora Sub-editor/proofreader Mary Duncan Editorial assistant Philippa Ehrlich Additional editing and proofreading Sunnye Collins and…

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where we work today

THE SAVE OUR SEAS FOUNDATION was founded in 2003 with a mission to protect our oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and education projects around the world, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. In that time, the foundation has sponsored 160 projects in more than 40 countries, proudly supporting outstanding researchers, educators and conservationists who have contributed to the continued existence of more than 60 of our planet’s precious marine species. To celebrate our 10th anniversary and to honour our legacy of supporting young scientists and conservationists, we welcome the first 18 recipients of the SOSF Small Grant programme in 2014. To find out more about our funded projects visit: AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA 1 SOSF Shark Education Centre. Eleanor Yeld-Hutchings. 2 Shark Spotters. Sarah Titley and Alison Kock. 3 BRUVS. Lauren…