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The release – Snow (Hey oh) (4 Comments)

It was a storm of media, premiers and way too many flights. We hit theaters across the US, with premiers in NY, San Fran, and LA. Now we just have to get people to the theaters!
That weekend I had the privilege to hang out with Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers – one of my favorite bands. He has been a supporter of Paul Watson’s for a while, and uses his celebrity for good, showing up at Sea Shepherd’s benefit in LA a few weeks back. He put a link from the Chilli Peppers’ site to ours. So cool.

Help us opening weekend! (13 Comments)

Hello beautiful people,
Hopefully you’ve heard of Sharkwater, the most award winning documentary of the year that broke box office records in Canada. Sharkwater took me 5 years and 15 countries to create, nearly ending my life. Sharkwater opens in theaters in the US November 2nd.
I created Sharkwater because I discovered that shark populations were being wiped out yet people were unaware of the issue because what’s out of sight is largely out of mind.
What started out as a beautiful film about sharks changed into a drama full of corruption, espionage, attempted murder charges, machine guns, hospitalizations and mafia chases in a film about human’s over exploitation of the oceans.
The oceans are the most important ecosystem on the planet, containing life that absorbs most of the carbon dioxide (global warming gas) that we put into the atmosphere, converting it to 70% of the oxygen we breathe. That life sits below sharks in the food chain, and shark populations have already dropped 90%. The oceans and our life support systems are being destroyed.
The largest threat to the oceans is now a lack of awareness. If the public knew what was going on in the sea… that we waste 54 billion pounds of fish while 8 million people die of starvation, that 90% of all large predators in the ocean are gone, that every fishery will be gone by 2048; the situation could be turned around just as it has for whales and for the holes in the ozone layer. But we need people talking and pushing the issue.
Sharkwater is a huge ocean conservation tool. If we can get people to see the film, we can unite the public around a new view of sharks and the oceans, and ultimately that public support will lead to the greatest change, and the perpetuation of human life on earth.
We need people to go to theaters and see Sharkwater opening weekend – November 2nd so please tell your friends and family, and if you have a database, please forward on the Sharkwater website and info to them, encouraging them to see the film and save our oceans.
It’s a guerilla movement to save the seas upon which we depend, but it can be done with your help.
Kindest thanks,

The US Tour (5 Comments)

We’re in Ft. Lauderdale now, after a bit of a cross state trek with Milton (great white) and Spalding (Milton’s hammerhead counterpart). 2 more 17 ft sharks arrive tomorrow, to go up in movie theaters across Florida. The release is pretty exciting, as everywhere we go, people seem to be onboard with the message. Everyone is sick of sharks being portrayed as monsters. Seems the public has caught on… a good thing for sharks and for the movement.
The buzz seems to have spread already… ppl seem to already know about it… some saw us on the Today Show or Larry King… We’re psyched, and so are kids across Florida!

Larry King’s Shark Conservation Panel (7 Comments)

I was on Larry King on Wednesday to be part of a panel on sharks in
support of Discovery’s Shark Week. The panel consisted of Phillipe
Cousteau, Jack Hannah, Les Stroud, myself, and two shark mistake
survivors: Chuck Anderson, and Valerie De la Valdene. Most of them
had seen Sharkwater.

The Discovery and CNN approach to the panel was to languish on the
danger and adventure of sharks, then get into the conservation
issues. What started out as speaking of the most dangerous beaches,
the most dangerous sharks, etc evolved into a very different
conversation. All panelists, including two shark mistake survivors,
shifted the conversation, discussing how sharks aren’t predators of
people, that they make mistakes, that they’re incredibly important to
ecosystems, and that they’re being wiped out. Questions about how
dangerous sharks are were met with answers like, “they’re not that
dangerous, but that’s not even the point. The point is that they’re
being wiped out and we need to do something.”

It was a great day, and a sign in the shift of consciousness
regarding the world’s most feared predator. People can love and care
for something they don’t fully understand. We have that capability.
The conversation about sharks is changing, and we’re all part of it.

The Politics of CITES (13 Comments)

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took place recently, and most of the world’s countries gathered to decide which species would receive international protection. There were three shark species proposed to be listed: the spiny dogfish (fish and chips), the porbeagle (like a smaller great white), and saw sharks.

These proposals would add three more sharks to the list that so far only contains the basking shark, whale shark and the great white shark. Getting species listed is often a case of politics, as only the most charismatic of megafauna tend to make it. The great white is the most recognizable shark, while the basking and whale sharks have no teeth, and are popular tourist attractions.

The proposed listing of the porbeagle and spiny dogfish on CITES were met by fierce resistance by the US, New Zealand, with Canada leading the opposition. With having 29000 names and pledges in support of these species protection, and receiving over 2500 emails from supporters, the US decided to support the listing, while Canada’s stance stayed firm, and they pushed for the species to remain off the CITES list. Canada and New Zealand’s presence at the assembly swayed voters, and the sharks were not placed on the CITES list, despite recommendations by top scientists that their populations had declined by over 90%.

CITES is a bit of a popularity contest, and what is under the ocean is so often out of sight and out of mind. The first fish was put on the CITES list only in 2004, while terrestrial animals enjoyed decades of increased protection.

The movement to save sharks is growing, but it needs more pressure from consumers and the general public. The politicians and decision makers will respond, as the people have ultimate power.