Shark Conservation Society honorary membership

February 18, 2013 by dyertrust

web_chivellWilfred Chivell awarded honorary lifetime membership to the Shark Conservation Society!

From the Shark Conservation Society press release: The board of the Society is delighted to announce that Wilfred Chivell has accepted Honorary Life Membership (HLM) of SCS. Wilfred is a committed "action type" conservationist who founded the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. He is also the owner of Marine Dynamics (a Gansbaai shark ecotourism operator) and a well known figure in marine wildlife circles in South Africa's Western Cape. Within SCS there has always been the belief that in general life, and in conservation, there are the 'doers' and the 'talkers' - Wilfred is very much a doer!

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Great White Shark freed from deadly fishing line

February 18, 2013 by dyertrust

Great white shark in fishing lineEarlier this January, shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai notified the Dyer Island Conservation Trust of a juvenile (<3m) female white shark entangled in fishing line. The line was wrapped tightly around the head through the gills and was trailing 0.5m of line behind the shark which still had bait and hooks attached. The situation was severe and if the line remained, the shark faced a certain death. Even though white sharks are a protected species in South Africa, they are still targeted by shore-based fishermen (i.e. Leon Bekker case) and 30 great white sharks are killed every year in the KZN Sharks Board nets.

Wilfred Chivell, owner of Marine Dynamics and founder of the Trust, immediately contacted the Department of Oceans & Coasts and within 48 hours, Oceans and Coasts had deployed a team of researchers, deck hands, and Two Oceans Aquarium collections fishermen to Gansbaai. Chivell was very grateful for the governments support. Often, government departments are so overwhelmed with other issues that they can rarely assist with individual cases like this, so I was pleased to see the quick reaction of the Department of Oceans & Coasts and Two Oceans Aquarium to send out an extremely skilled crew to help this shark.

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Marine evening with Richard Peirce

February 07, 2013 by dyertrust

richard pierceIt takes passion and commitment to make changes. Richard Peirce of Shark Conservation Society (UK) and the Shark Trust (UK) together with his wife Jacqui has made it his lifes work to be a nuisance by addressing conservation issues with governments around the world. At the marine evening hosted by Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises, he shared more on his latest projects and his efforts to protect the oceans apex predator. Richard has also been instrumental in starting the Save Bantamsklip petition after he heard of the possible placement of a nuclear power station. He spends a few months each year in South Africa, enjoying the warmer months and our magnificent wildlife.

His documentary trailer The Fin Trail highlights the issue of shark finning across the world and that all markets have one ultimate destination the Far East. Funding to complete the documentary has been limited and the project continues to evolve in working together with the Chinese to address the issue and change perceptions. A difficult and seemingly impossible task but more and more efforts are being made in this area by many.

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