African Shark Eco-Charters Joins WA Shark Cull Protest In Cape Town

African Shark Eco-Charters joined roughly 200 chanting shark cull protestors outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre this morning where Western Australian's Premier, Colin Barnett, was giving a keynote speech for the African Mining Indaba. Following the shark protests against the WA shark cull policy throughout Australia recently, fellow Great White Shark activists in Cape Town decided to show their support against the shark cull policy as well, and to speak up for the sharks that we share across our oceans. There was tight security set up around the CTICC for the Mining Indaba Conference which had prevented the protest group confronting [...]

By | 2017-01-04T14:25:35+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on African Shark Eco-Charters Joins WA Shark Cull Protest In Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving Trip Report – 29 January 2014

Shark cage diving with African Shark Eco-Charters African Shark Eco-Charters is pleased to announce that the 2014 Great White Shark season has officially opened in False Bay, and we ran our first official shark cage diving trip of the season today. Even though we had good shark activity on our "test run" out to Seal Island last week Thursday, we were still not too sure what to expect for out trip today as it is still so early in the season, but we were extremely hopeful. We had a small group of guests on board with us this [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Cage Diving Trip Report – 29 January 2014

Shark Attack Survivor Slams WA Shark Cull

Australian navy diver and shark attack survivor, Paul de Gelder, recently described the Western Australian shark cull as a "stupid" and "knee-jerk reaction". Paul de Gelder lost a leg and a forearm due to an attack by a bull shark while practicing exercises in Sydney Harbour in 2009. But despite his past experience, he continues to speak out in defense of the sharks in our oceans, and has lots to say when it comes to the planned slaughter of sharks in Western Australia with the new shark cull policy. It is always a tragedy when someone loses their life to a [...]

By | 2017-01-05T06:03:06+00:00 January 16th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Attack Survivor Slams WA Shark Cull

Shark Attack Survivors Join Together To Help Save Sharks

African Shark Eco-Charters loves it when people take a stand to help save sharks, and we just have to applaud these group of shark attack survivors who have joined together to help save sharks in our oceans. A group of nine shark attack survivors, including Australian navy diver Paul de Gelder, gathered at the United Nations in New York to shed light on the fact that their attackers, including the Great White Shark, desperately need protecting. They have lost legs, arms, and ankle parts, and yet they still believe that our ocean's greatest predators have more to reason to fear the [...]

By | 2017-01-04T14:24:19+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Shark Attack Survivors Join Together To Help Save Sharks

Latest Studies Show Great White Sharks Can Live Up To 70 Years

Great White Sharks were originally thought to only live up to around 25 - 30 years old, but a new study suggests that their lifespan may be far longer than previously thought, and that Great White Sharks may actually live well into their 70's! Previous research relied on counting the growth band pairs on a sharks vertebrae to determine it's age and growth rate, much like counting the rings on a tree, under the assumption that each band was equal to one year. Although, in many cases,  this method is effective and true for part of or all of a specie's life, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 January 10th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Latest Studies Show Great White Sharks Can Live Up To 70 Years

WA Goverment Not Backing Down On Shark Cull Plan, Despite Protests

Photo: A protester holds a sign during the anti-shark culling rally on Saturday. Audience submitted: Peter Best Despite a 4,000-strong crowd which gathered at Cottesloe Beach in Perth this past Saturday to protest the latest controversial shark cull plan, the WA Government says that it will not be backing down on their decision. The shark cull plan - which will only target sharks over three metres according to the WA Government - was announced after seven fatal shark attacks off the WA coast in three years. Protestors gathered to vent their anger about the plan to use baited [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 January 7th, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on WA Goverment Not Backing Down On Shark Cull Plan, Despite Protests

Surfer Against WA Shark Cull Order – African Shark Eco-Charters

African Shark Eco-Charters applauds this powerful article written by writer and fellow surfer, Samuel Carmody, in response to the recent shark cull order put in place by the Western Australian Government. You can view the original article on The Drum website. A surfer's defence of the great white shark By Samuel Carmody Surfers should be at the frontline of protests planned for this weekend against the policy to kill large sharks in Western Australia, writes Samuel Carmody. My father introduced me to surfing when I was seven or eight years old, carrying me into the beach breaks off my childhood [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Surfer Against WA Shark Cull Order – African Shark Eco-Charters

3 Studies On Great White Sharks In False Bay Completed In 2013

False Bay, South Africa is home to one of the World's largest populations of Great White Sharks, and provides a unique setting in which humans and sharks have had to learn how to co-exist. Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety programme which improves beach safety in False Bay by means of shark warnings and emergency assistance in the event of a shark incident. The Shark Spotters Programme contributes to research on shark ecology and behaviour, raises public awareness about shark-related issues, and provides employment opportunities and skills development for Shark Spotters. Alison Kock, the Research Manager for Shark Spotters, has spent the past [...]

By | 2016-12-03T10:46:13+00:00 December 31st, 2013|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on 3 Studies On Great White Sharks In False Bay Completed In 2013

72 Drumlines To Be Set Under New Shark Hazard Mitigation Policy

Under Western Australia's Government's new "shark hazard mitigation" policy, two specially monitored zones will be declared off the metropolitan and South West coastlines between September and April, and 72 drumlines are to be set up 1km from the shoreline and fished until May 2014. Any shark greater than 3m in length found swimming within the monitored zones will be caught and destroyed by commercial fisherman, including endangered species such as the Great White Shark, and some other species not necessarily even considered a threat to humans. These harsh and unforgivable measures were put in place after the most recent shark bite [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 December 24th, 2013|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on 72 Drumlines To Be Set Under New Shark Hazard Mitigation Policy

African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Ocean Needs Our Help!

In the past 50 years, the health of our ocean has declined dramatically and now, more than ever, our ocean needs our help! A lot of people are not aware of how much we rely on our ocean and the benefits it provides to us. To name a few benefits, the ocean produces 70 - 80% of the oxygen we breathe, generates $21 trillion in ecosystem services each year, and is the main source or protein for 1/4 of the world's population. There are 5 main factors that have contributed to the declining health of our ocean, including; Over-fishing Pollutions Invasive [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:53+00:00 December 20th, 2013|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on African Shark Eco-Charters – Our Ocean Needs Our Help!