Save Our Seas

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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1 min.
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: saveourseas.com 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…

2 min.
from the field

GUY STEVENS A short interview What is the first thing you see when you open your eyes? Usually my alarm clock, which I always turn to snooze… I’m not a morning person! How did you come to live and work in the Maldives? My Dad gave me a £25 gift voucher for Waterstones bookshop when I was at university. I bought a book on the fish of the Maldives even though I had no idea where this country was at the time, or anything about manta rays (I just liked fish). I guess it was fate that I ended up getting a job as a marine biologist after university to work on a dive liveaboard vessel in the Maldives. What do you feel is unique about being based in the Maldives? The Maldives is a tropical paradise,…

1 min.
birth & death

Currently it is not known how often females give birth, but the latest research suggests birth rates average around one pup for each mature female every two to five years. This extremely slow rate of reproduction, coupled with the long gestation period, late maturity age and small litter size, makes manta rays very vulnerable to exploitation. Research indicates that mantas probably live for around 50 years. However, until scientists have been studying these animals for several more decades we are unlikely to be able to answer this question accurately.…

8 min.
thomas p. peschak

How did you come up with the idea to write Sharks & People? The idea for photographing and writing a book about the relationship between sharks and people came to me more than a decade ago. While sitting in a seedy bar along the South African coast night after night, I chipped away at a book I was writing about white sharks. As word spread of what I was up to, I found myself spending most of my evenings talking to people about sharks. There is a hunger for knowledge about these animals and how they relate to our lives. From burley bikers to grandmothers, I conversed with all types until the wee hours of the morning. After several nights of this, I had my ‘a-ha’ moment. I realized that many people…

2 min.
terrestrial wildlife

Of the five land bird species existing on D’Arros and St Joseph today, the turtle dove and the Seychelles fody are believed to be native while the house sparrow, Madagascar fody and the zebra dove were probably introduced by humans. However, once a significant portion of the vegetation has been rehabilitated, certain land bird species that are endemic to the Seychelles will be reintroduced. Three heron species occur of which the grey heron and green-backed heron are breeding residents. No less than 15 migrant wader species have been recorded with the ruddy turnstone and crab plover being the most common. More than 1,000 greater and lesser frigatebirds and 1,500 lesser noddies roost on the islands at any one time. These birds breed at other locations and use D’Arros and St Joseph as…

9 min.
losing the taste for shark fin soup?

DEMAND FOR SHARK FIN, to supply the huge market demand for an East Asian luxury soup, has driven most unsustainable shark fisheries since the early 1990s. Of the shark species identified in Hong Kong’s shark fin markets, 70 percent were pelagic sharks. Worryingly, more than 80 percent of the pelagic sharks that are commonly caught in high seas fisheries and harvested for their fins or meat are so seriously depleted by fishing pressure that they have been assessed as Threatened or Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Many other coastal and deep-sea sharks that enter international trade are also assessed as having a higher risk of extinction. The Save Our Seas Foundation has, almost since its inception, supported projects aimed at reducing the impact of the international…