SHARK TAGGING & RELEASE
We all know that "SHARKS" need our help.
Shark numbers are rapidly decreasing and in Thailand many divers have commented on the lack of "Shark Sightings" in and around our National Marine Parks.
Over the last few years tourism and overfishing have all had a negative impact on our oceans around Thailand.
I personally have noticed a severe decline in shark numbers over the last 12 years of diving in Thailand.
I used to almost guarantee customers that we would see sharks in Similans and areas of Koh Tao where as over the last 2 years I have seen none.
Infact the only shark I have seen was one lonely juvenile brown banded bamboo shark in Pattaya this year.
How you can help
Where I do see a great many sharks in Thailand is in the restaurants and pet shops.
I have witnessed tanks of Black Tip Reef Sharks for sale in Pattaya & Bangkok for the pet trade and large amounts of Bamboo & Zebra Sharks for sale at restaurants.
My organisation are sent shark fishing, finning and slaughtered shark pictures in Thailand’s National Marine Parks on a weekly basis.
The extent to which the shark population is declining in Thailand to put it bluntly is alarming.
We would like your help to bring awareness to the plight of sharks and now invite you to take part in our shark releases or join one of our shark release courses.
More Details Here
Sponsor Your Own Shark For Release
Working with industry professionals, marine biologists and the diving operators in Thailand we hope to re-introduce Captive Bred Sharks & Rescued Sharks back into the oceans around Thailand.
This will have a positive impact on many levels .
Firstly by introducing the sharks back into the habitat and monitoring them we hope to see populations increase.
Secondly by releasing the sharks we will be using the media as a tool to spread public awareness across Thailand.
We have already been featured in a number of newspaers in Thailand and have given TV interviews over the past few weeks.
After several successful release the first one of 60 sharks and the second of 75 sharks , we have since been working with dive stores and just completed another tag and release of 20 sharks. After the releases we will have a video that we will use to educate the public by travelling around the country to schools, colleges and fishing communities and trying to educate the Thai public as to the importance of sharks to there economy.
Shark Populations & Sponsorship
The Brown Banded Bamboo Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) population on Pattaya's reefs have crashed. Where there were once abundant numbers ,now we are lucky if we see one on a dive.
Dive Tribe are addressing the situation and working with our partner dive centers to reintroduce sharks back to the reef. We are tagging and taking DNA samples and studies are being carried out with Several Universities in Bangkok & Australia.
How would you like to sponsor a shark and have it released on the reef ? We will tag the shark for you and give you the tag number and inform you if your shark is sighted again . Its not expensive to sponsor a shark and it will really help our reefs and breeding shark population. Simply click the donate button below to sponsor.
Thanks for caring -Team at DT