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Tony Isaacson - Diving Naturalist. As a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, AWARE shark conservation specialist and adventurer, I have dived in some of the most amazing diving locations on the planet. I have been scuba diving since 1970 and have logged over 3000 dives in more than 20 countries around the world. I’ve documented the marine diversity in exotic locations like Komodo, Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Tahiti and the Galapagos Islands. In 2013, I inspired Navy Clearance Diver and bull shark bite survivor, Paul de Gelder and a 60 Minutes film crew to dive with bull sharks at the Ultimate Shark Encounter in Fiji. I was a consultant on the making of documentaries on Leafy Seadragons (for Channel 9), The Great Barrier Reef (with Richard Fitzpatrick for the BBC) and filmed underwater footage in Indonesia and off the Queensland and New South Wales coasts for TRAVELTHERENEXT TV. In July 2014, I headed to South Africa for the Sardine Run and dived with the great white sharks from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a great advocate for sharks, sustainability and ecotourism, and I regularly volunteer for Reef Check and Grey Nurse Shark Watch in Australia.

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FIJI: Sharks and Tourism: Another WIN-WIN Deal

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FIJI: LIVE SHARKS AND TOURISM

Shark conservation is important on so many levels.  Live sharks are worth much more to a tourism – based economy than dead sharks.

A recent article in Live Science in May 2013 looked at Shark eco-tourism world wide is currently bringing in $314 million, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  This figure is expected to double over the next 20 years.  Shark fisheries, on the other hand have earned $600 million per year but this figure has been declining over the last 10-15 yrs.

shark-ecotourism-map

Let’s look at shark dives in Pacific Harbour, Fiji.  Aqua-Trek dive ‘The Bistro’ four times each week and Beqa Adventure Divers do five days at ‘Shark Reef’, 2 kilometres further west. An average of twenty divers on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for 50 weeks a year each pay $200 each day to see live sharks.

The Bistro shark feeding dive, Fiji

Diving revenue alone for these shark encounters is $1 million per year when charters from Beqa Island Resort and Beqa Adventures Divers are included.

Bull shark feeding, Fiji

$1 million income from shark charters has added value throughout the Fijian economy when divers and their friends spend tourist dollars for reef dives, restaurants, accommodation, day excursions, transfers, car hire, village tours, souvenirs and flights to and from Fiji.

FJ $20 per diver per day is paid to the villages who have shared their traditional fishing reefs to facilitate these shark diving operations.

This has been a win-win for everyone and it gets better.  Its not only about the money. The shark feeds were started when coral bleaching events in the early 1990’s destroyed the reef ecosystems. Tourism to the Coral Coast in Fiji diminished to levels that were unsustainable for families who depended on employment at the holiday resorts to feed their children and extended families.

Raviravi students Fiji

Divers have noted an increasing diversity of species and a return of healthy fish populations.  The reefs appear to be recovering from the devastation of the bleaching events in the 1990’s.

Casual observation has suggested that recovery has been significantly faster on reefs closest to the shark feeding operations.

Healthyreef-Fiji-diving

HOT VIDEO PIX:

SEPTEMBER 2015 HOT VID PIX: Banded Sea Snake Eats Moray Eel - a fight to the death. Watch what happens at the 3.20 mark... AUGUST 2015 HOT VID PIX: Tears of a Mermaid - On Location: "Tigress" Tiger Shark Shoot Documentary, a Mctrax Motion Production With Jim Abernethy in the Bahamas. MAY 2015 HOT VID PIX: The Insatiable Hairy Frogfish - watch this fascinatingly 'fugly' creature catch and eat its prey. MARCH 2015 HOT VID PIX: Woman romances large eel! Meet Valerie Taylor and her unusual friendship with a large moray eel... FEB 2015 HOT VID PIX: Divers off Costa Rica come across a giant manta ray tangled in fishing line. Watch how it allowed them to free it. What a life changing experience... DECEMBER 2014 HOT VID PIX: Flamboyant Deadly Cuttlefish - a short from Underwater Studios of Malaysia - taken on Kapalai island Sabah. Simply Stunning! NOVEMBER 2014 HOT VID PIX: Glow In The Dark Shark Attack! : Yet another goodie from BioPixels. We have never seen anything like this before, simply creepy but stunning! (Love that Red Epic slow mo camera guys - keep up the good work!) OCTOBER 2014 HOT VID PIX: Milking A Stone Fish: You heard it here! Dr Jamie Seymour from James Cook University talks about how to milk a stone fish, something I am sure we all need to know, ponder on and share, but never to personally try it at home. Love your work Jamie! SEPTEMBER 2014 HOT VID PIX: Ultimate Alien-like Spear Mantis Feeding On Fish In Slow Motion: Dr Jamie Seymour from James Cook University and Emmy Award winning cameraman Richard Fitzpatrick film club and spear mantis shrimps at 1500 frames per second. These guys just have too much fun 'at work'! AUGUST 2014 HOT VID PIX: Great White 4.5M Shark Bites Dive Rubber Ducky whilst filming on an Adventure Tour for the Sardine Run near Mossel Bay, South Africa. Thank you Riener for a fabulous interview on this most unusual behaviour of a great white. JUNE 2014 HOT VID PIX: Helping Out A Yellow Moray Eel - Gold Coast Seaway: Thanks to Dave Wyatt for this fabulous video of your helping out a poor helpless moray caught up in fishing wire as well as three hooks in its mouth. Good job Dave!

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