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Save Our Seas

Save Our Seas Summer 2016 - Issue 05

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

Country:
Switzerland
Language:
English
Publisher:
Save Our Seas Foundation
Frequency:
Biannually
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in this issue

1 min.
contributors

JASON HALL-SPENCER As a leading scientist in the field of ocean acidification, Jason has been studying underwater volcanoes in the Mediterranean Sea to help predict the effects of ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels. His research is being used to inform stakeholders about how we can protect iconic ecosystems from the ravages of acidification. LISA BOONZAIER After some time in the world of digital magazines and publishing, Lisa embarked on a Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. Under the supervision of Professor Daniel Pauly, she conducted a global assessment of the effectiveness of marine protected area management. In a recent paper, published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, she and Pauly determined the extent of marine protected area coverage around the world, and this is currently the…

1 min.
editorial

‘As long as there are people who care, we can and will make a difference.’The Founder | Save Our Seas Foundation Since the birth of humankind, the oceans have represented the last frontier; we have always been drawn to this mysterious, vast and compelling ecosystem. But today the birthplace of life on earth is under dire threat from human-related exploitation and other actions, both direct and indirect. Until not so long ago the great whales were hunted the world over, almost to extinction. Now, however, several populations of these formerly threatened cetacean species are on the path to recovery. Overall, they represent a conservation success story. This shows that, when working together and often led by a few devoted individuals, we can make a real difference. Since its inception in 2003, the Save…

2 min.
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 GUINEA 4 Elasmobranch Artisanal Fisheries | Framoudou Doumbouya KENYA 5 Elasmobranch Biodiversity | Peter Musembi MADAGASCAR 6 Sawfishes | Ruth Leeney SEYCHELLES 7 Bonefish | Paul Cowley & Emily Moxham 8 Forest | Rainer von Brandis 9 Juvenile Sharks | Ornella Weideli 10 Lemon Shark | Ryan Daly 11 Oceanography | Jane Hosegood 12 Reef Manta Ray | Lauren Peel & Guy Stevens 13 Shearwaters | Danielle van den Heever 14 Stingrays | Chantel Elston 15 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer 16 University of Seychelles | Karl Fleischmann SOUTH AFRICA 17 Shark Spotters | Sarah Waries 18 ATAP | Paul Cowley 19 BRUVs | Lauren De Vos 20 Sharks on the Urban Edge | Alison Kock OCEANIA AUSTRALIA 21 Deepwater Sharks | Sam Munroe 22 Sawfishes | Barbara Wueringer 23 White Sharks from the Air |…

2 min.
shark spotters test the water in australia

In March this year, Sarah Waries and Monwabisi Sikweyiya of the Shark Spotters travelled to Australia to explore the feasibility of expanding the non-lethal shark control programme across the Indian Ocean. They were invited by Sea Shepherd and No Shark Cull and visited three states in Australia. The Shark Spotter programme was developed more than a decade ago in False Bay, South Africa, and improves beach safety by means of innovative and responsible solutions that balance the needs of people with the conservation of sharks. Like South Africa, Australia has a prominent population of white sharks that share coastal waters with ocean users. Australia has implemented culling programmes in the past and still has shark nets and drum lines in place in Queensland. Waries and Sikweyiya visited 52 sites across the states…

3 min.
getting on the list

In September 2016 representatives from 182 member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and international stakeholder organisations will arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP). The conference will run from 24 September to 5 October and delegates will negotiate the listing of new species by CITES, which regulates international trade in endangered species in order to conserve global biodiversity. The last conference, held in 2013, was significant for the protection it offered elasmobranchs. Five shark species and all manta rays were included in Appendix II, joining sawfishes and other sharks that had already been included in the CITES Appendices over the past decade. This year, four shark species and all mobula rays are on the…

1 min.
eye on sawfishes

In early March 2016, the team at the Bimini Biological Field Station (the ‘Shark Lab’) had an encounter with one of the most threatened animals in our oceans: a sawfish. Lab manager Jack Massuger caught the enigmatic elasmobranch on camera while flying a DJI Phantom drone off South Bimini in The Bahamas. The video clip featuring a Critically Endangered smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinata was a hit on social media and showcased its huge size, incredible camouflage against the seabed and bizarre head-weaponry. Remarkably, this was the second saw-fish sighting in South Bimini in just a few days. In December last year, the director of the Shark Lab, Tristan Guttridge, published a paper about smalltooth sawfishes in The Bahamas. Two of these sawfishes were tagged at Bimini and three at Andros, and…