Save Our Seas Winter 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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NICK PILCHER Executive director of the Marine Research Foundation, a private non-governmental organisation that Nick established with his wife in 2003. DEMIAN CHAPMAN Assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Demian has pioneered the use of genetics in monitoring the shark-fin trade. SONJA FORDHAM Founder of Shark Advocates International and deputy-chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, Sonja is a global advocate for vulnerable shark and ray species. ELEANOR YELD HUTCHINGS Manager of the SOSF Shark Education Centre, which focuses on spreading environmental education and shark awareness in False Bay, South Africa. RIMA JABADO Fisheries expert at the Ministry of Water and Environment in the United Arab Emirates. Rima has dedicated the past eight years to sharks in the Arabian Seas.…

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our ocean

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A few years ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sail along the eastern coastline of the Arabian Peninsula with a team of passionate explorers from the United Arab Emirates. We travelled along the coast of the Sultanate of Oman to the formidable island of Socotra. This odyssey was an exploration of cultures and places, but more importantly it represented an inner journey. The warmth and generous hospitality of the people was unsurpassed. We were the first to explore many of the dive sites, which is a rare experience in our world today. This second issue of the Save Our Seas magazine celebrates Arabia’s seas, places still full of beauty and diversity. The mystery and wonder of our sharks and rays is another theme in this issue. Last June,…

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where we work 2014

The Save Our Seas Foundation was established 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 find out more about our funded projects visit: AFRICA MADAGASCAR 1 Indian Ocean Sea Mounts | Paul Clerkin 2 Sharks | Frances Humber SEYCHELLES 3 SOSF D’Arros Research Centre | Rainer von Brandis 4 SOSF Island School Seychelles | Abi March & Abbie Hine 5 Hawksbill Turtles | Rainer von Brandis 6 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer 7 Manta Rays 8 Sharks | Ornella Weideli 9 Stingrays…

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ocean view

All three hammerhead shark species, the oceanic whitetip shark and manta rays are now fully protected in United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) waters – and this is just one of the measures the country enacted in September to protect its sharks and rays. The UAE has also strengthened protection for its other shark species by extending the closed season for shark fishing to five months a year between 1 February and 30 June, the time when most species breed, and by creating a buffer zone around the coastline where fishing for sharks is not allowed (within five nautical miles of the mainland and three nautical miles of the country’s islands). The new rules aim to regulate the shark trade by banning the export of all products derived from sharks caught in the UAE,…

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good shark karma

On 7 December 2013, ‘shark hybrids’ glided through a crowd of about 3,500 astonished beach-goers in Cape Town, South Africa. The elaborately painted ‘whale shark’ and ‘leopard shark’ were the emissaries of the Save Our Seas Foundation’s #goodsharkkarma awareness campaign, and they moved across the beach handing out shark-fact fortune cookies and engaging in constructive conversations about sharks. Along South Africa’s coastline, the perception of sharks centres mostly on great whites and shark attacks. The campaign aimed to broaden this view by educating people about some of the elasmobranch family’s most fascinating attributes and thus inspire a more balanced public image. Clifton Beach Night is the flagship event of the Wavescape Surf Film Festival and is attended by surfers and their families from across Cape Town. The SOSF team was assisted…