Save Our Seas Winter 2016 - Issue 06

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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JUSTIN GILLIGAN Justin is a freelance photojournalist with an Honours degree in marine science. He strives to combine his scientific background and his artistic flare to create images that draw the viewer’s attention to the beauty of the natural world and its issues. Several of Justin’s images have received acclaim in international photography competitions. SIRACHAI (SHIN) ARUNRUGSTICHAI Shin is an award-winning photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. With a background in marine biology, he initially used photography to document coral reef biodiversity for researchers and later began shooting as a freelance photojournalist for several organisations and publications, such as the IUCN, International Court of Justice, Freeland Foundation and National Geographic Thailand. DEAN GRUBBS Dean is a fish ecologist with interests in the biology of exploited and poorly studied estuarine and marine taxa. He is currently the…

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As I write these words, I rejoice in the fact that trade in 29 elasmobranch species is now regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The listing of the silky shark and the three thresher shark and nine devil ray species on Appendix II in October – and by a huge majority vote – is sending a clear message: countries want the fisheries supplying the demand for these species to be sustainably managed. They also expect the managers of those fisheries and of the trade world-wide to work together to achieve that end. I view the listings as a positive success for collaboration in conservation, too. A number of NGOs, including one of our partners, the Manta Trust, have worked very hard to inform and convince…

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where we work 2016

SOSF Centres 1 D’Arros Research Centre | Rainer von Brandis 2 Shark Education Centre | Eleanor Yeld Hutchings 3 Shark Research Center | Mahmood Shivji AFRICA 4 Sawfish Children's Book | Ruth Leeney GUINEA 5 Elasmobranch Artisanal Fisheries | Framoudou Doumbouya KENYA 6 Elasmobranch Biodiversity | Peter Musembi MADAGASCAR 7 Sawfishes | Ruth Leeney SEYCHELLES 8 Bonefish | Paul Cowley & Emily Moxham 9 Forest | Rainer von Brandis 10 Juvenile Sharks | Ornella Weideli 11 Lemon Shark | Ryan Daly 12 Oceanography | Phil Hosegood 13 Reef Manta Ray | Lauren Peel & Guy Stevens 14 Shearwaters | Danielle van den Heever 15 Stingrays | Chantel Elston 16 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer 17 University of Seychelles | Karl Fleischmann SOUTH AFRICA 18 Shark Spotters | Sarah Waries 19 ATAP | Paul Cowley 20 BRUVs | Lauren De Vos 21 Sharks on the Urban Edge | Alison Kock OCEANIA AUSTRALIA 22 Deepwater Sharks | Sam Munroe 23 Sawfishes | Barbara Wueringer 24…

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whale and winghead sharks now endangered

From 1 to 10 September 2016 decision makers from 184 countries met in Hawaii to discuss current conservation challenges and solutions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The congress, which is held every four years, had as its theme this year ‘Planet at the Crossroads’. Major announcements included the assignment of the whale shark and the winghead shark (a species of hammerhead) to Endangered species status on the updated IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. According to this new listing, the populations of these species have more than halved in the past 75 years. The Red List is a global assessment of species’ conservation status that indicates a relative scale of threat – from Least Concern to Critically Endangered – and these updates signal where serious intervention is needed to prevent…

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sound bites

Could music, integral to influencing the mood of a film, be subtly but significantly reinforcing our negative attitude towards sharks? A study published this year by Andrew Nosal from the Scripps Institute for Oceanography indicates that it might. Nosal and his colleagues found that people perceive sharks negatively when footage is paired with ominous music. The concern, he says, is that when this music is used in a documentary, which audiences tend to view as an objective illustration of the natural world, associating sharks with threatening music may undermine education goals. Nosal and his colleagues looked at our perceptions of sharks relative to the mood of background music and whether this influences our willingness to conserve them. In three experiments, people watched shark footage set to uplifting music, ominous music or…

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a champion for sharks at cites

AAchmat Hassiem, the South African swimming sensation who lost his leg to a shark incident in 2006, is among the loudest voices championing stricter protection for sharks and rays. He attended the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in September this year in Johannesburg, where he urged parties to vote for the listing of silky and thresher sharks and mobula rays. Misconceptions and a poor public image hinder effective shark conservation, a situation that Achmat is eager to address. Approached in 2010 by the PEW Charitable Trusts to act as an advocate for shark conservation, he worked closely this year with the Manta Trust and partner organisations to mobilise (or is that mobulise?) for CITES. Achmat lost his leg to a great white shark…