Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fiji:Setting the Standard for Shark Conservation

Fiji is by far one of the most mind-blowing places I have had the pleasure to visit and by mind-blowing I mean spectacular, stunning and amazing all wrapped up in a beautiful culture and nourished with incredible fresh fruit and vegetables. Above and below the surface, the environment is nothing short of remarkable; a place I cannot wait to return.

Duncan and I spent nearly a month on the main island of Fiji, Vitu Levu and did our best of explore the heartbeat of this wild and rugged destination. We were not intending a dive vacation and didn’t even bring the underwater housings with us. This is inevitably what made us nearly cry when we were surrounded by bull sharks and had empty hands.

We planned a single day of shark diving with Beqa Adventure Divers; this was a huge mistake! We should have planned for a month of solid diving! The sharks, the dive team; from the top down this operation is run with efficiency, safety and compassion. I still cannot get over the size and number of bull sharks that were circling above me.

We spent some time filming topside because Fiji has taken on the Shark Free Marina Initiative and run with it. A small island nation is setting global standards for conservation and we wanted to share a piece of the story.

Thanks to BAD TEAM (Beqa Adventure Divers), Mike Neumann, Matava Eco Resort, Stuart Gow and the people of Fiji.


Shark Free Marinas - Fiji from Oceanicallstars: Duncan Brake on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. Finally, shark conservation instead of slaughter.

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