Costa Rica News – The trial against Kathy Tseng, a Taiwanese-Costa Rican businesswoman, was the first time for Costa Rica to show in their legal system that they the Taiwanese mafia no longer made the decisions about shark finning in Costa Rica and that the government was serious in their legislation in banning shark finning in Costa Rica.
Read more: http://sharkyear.com/2014/legalized-shark-finning-in-costa-rica.html
Florida dive boat operators face charges of illegal shark feeding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
20. March 2014
Dive boat operators face charges of illegally feeding sharks in state waters
Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have filed charges against four men linked to the illegal feeding of sharks and fish within state waters.
The investigation started after the FWC received several complaints that shark feeding was taking place off the coast of Palm Beach County during dive charter trips. One complainant told dispatchers she was on a dive trip where sharks were being fed. The person said the sharks had become so aggressive she had to get out of the water.
“This is a public safety issue,” said FWC Maj. Camille Soverel. “The FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement wants to ensure these beautiful coastal waters remain safe for divers.”
FWC investigators and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), working jointly, conducted two separate investigations involving two northern Palm Beach County dive charter operators. On Feb. 8, deputies from the PBSO dive team took part in a dive trip on board Emerald Charters of Jupiter. During the dive, video was taken of Randall Jordan feeding sharks by hand while within state waters. He also used a milk crate filled with fish chunks to lure sharks to his location. Thomas Smith was operating the vessel during the dive.
On Feb. 22, the deputies took another dive trip on board the vessel Miss Jackie, which is owned by Luis Roman of Orlando and operated by Toni Crumrine. The boat was used by the Lake Park-based company Calypso Dive Charters. During this trip, deputies took video of Roman feeding a goliath grouper and a lemon shark. Video also shows Roman trying to lure sharks to his location by shaking a milk crate filled with barracuda chunks. Both feeding incidents happened in state waters.
FWC investigators and PBSO divers used several GPS devices and other methods to confirm these activities were occurring in state waters, which, in the Atlantic, is within (or up to) 3 nautical miles from the nearest point of Florida coastline. Fish feeding in Florida waters has been illegal since 2002.
The FWC presented results from the joint investigations to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, which charged Jordan, Smith, Roman and Crumrine with operating a vessel for hire within state waters to allow passengers to observe fish feeding. Jordan and Roman were also charged with fish feeding. These are second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Caribbean Reef Shark encounter in the Western Caribbean Sea. We were Lion Fish Culling when the shark came out of no ware. It scared the crap out of me. Filmed on my GoPro 3 camera. We were in about 70′ of water when the shark encounter occurred.
The Cayman Islands is where I learned to dive and one of the best dive locations in the world. I would strongly recommend that anyone take a vacation here to enjoy the beauty of its reefs. You will see amazing animals everywhere. I especially recommend night diving. I love this place and will continue diving here for the rest of my life. In no way did this encounter discourage me from getting back into the water.
I want to make it clear that I am hunting lion fish to help protect the reef from the destruction that they cause. The shark was acting in his natural environment. I have no ill will toward him and will get back in the water and continue to protect the reef for future generations. I would strongly encourage anyone out there to donate to REEF.org or other organizations to help protect our reefs, Sharks and the beautiful creatures in them.
Shark attack survivor Frank Wacha is catching some backlash for adding shark to his restaurant’s menu this coming weekend. Mr. Wacha commorates each anniversary of his bite by serving shark at his establishment. This year, he has been getting some push back from those who think it is inhumane or illegal.
||Bitten several times on left arm
||Jensen Beach, Martin County
Christopher Neff was involved – Kill all sharks so I can make more money and get my degree.
March 5th, 2014
Sea Shepherd has failed in its bid to secure a court injunction to force the West Australian government to suspend its controversial shark catch-and-kill policy.
The marine activists launched the fast-tracked legal challenge on Wednesday last week, seeking to have dozens of baited drumlines off Perth and the South West region removed.
The policy to kill any great white, tiger or bull shark bigger than three metres spotted in surfing and swimming hotspots was allowed by federal environment minister Greg Hunt.
He granted WA an exemption under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, allowing the protected species to be killed until the end of the trial on April 30.
Lawyers for Sea Shepherd had argued the exemptions to state laws were not published properly.
Deputy state solicitor Rob Mitchell told the WA Supreme Court on Tuesday that even if it was proved the state government had not followed proper procedure to get the policy started, the right papers would simply be signed within hours to keep the drumlines in place.
Sea Shepherd barrister Richard Hooker said the WA government was trying to write its own rules – and had not played by them.
But on Wednesday, Judge James Edelman decided against granting the injunction.
Dozens of tiger sharks – but no great whites – have been caught by the hooks.
Photos of bleeding and already dead sharks sparked outrage among conservationists, and thousands of protesters attended rallies against the policy around the country.
Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren expressed concern and disappointment at Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to keep the drum lines in the water, with a requested injunction for the hooks to be taken out for proper judicial review denied.
“While the request for the drum lines to be pulled immediately was denied, we are still hopeful that we will win the case, and the drum lines will be pulled out then,” Ms MacLaren said.
“Despite both environmental and legal concerns surrounding Barnett’s catch and kill policy, the drum lines remain; this is an upsetting decision for 80-95 per cent of Australians that are against the cull.
“This is also concerning for those that feel unsafe swimming in WA waters with a meat curtain hanging just one kilometre off our popular beaches.”
Ms MacLaren emphasised “the short-term disappointment of remaining drum lines will not slow down the battle for the policy to be halted altogether”.
“This is but a small hiccup on the journey to ending a policy that is rushed, ineffective, ill-thought out and clearly breaching conditions to the EPBC exemption,” she said.
“That exemption should have become void the moment the Premier failed in his commitment to the exemption that involved minimising the environmental impact from the proposed drum line deployment.”
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt later said the current operations could continue until April 30 but there would be no extension until WA conducted a full environmental assessment of the Shark Mitigation Strategy.
The scheme requires a full assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, he said.
Mr Hunt said the issue had highlighted the need for further research into the shark population off the Australian coast so the federal government was committing $379,000 for research into the white shark population.
The research will aim to locate juvenile and nursery aggregation areas to enable genetic and electronic tagging to build a greater profile of the population and trends.
As my third year anniversary approaches I reflect on some of the great things that have come from my attack.
Firstly, everything if better. To clarify this I mean, as I lay after my attack dying from loss of blood I was aware that I would never see the people I love again. Well I made it through and I see them all the time! We still have our differences BUT we are all aware that we may never have had this chance, a hug from a loved one is priceless don’t waste them and hand them out freely. Even when we are not close to each other, everyone knows how we feel.
Mates, true mates will paddle over to you with a 10 foot shark circling underneath and drag you out of the surf! They will share good and bad times with you and they will help you celebrate how great it is to be alive. They will laugh at how you can’t now do things (as they step in and help). I have received so much compassion and help from friends that I can never ever repay them.
Survivors, I have met, emailed, talked and messaged some great survivors and all of them are family to me. The trials that some have been through is just outstanding and how strong they can be is amazing.
They don’t have to agree with my thoughts and beliefs and I don’t have to agree with theirs. A shark attack provokes differing feelings in different people, some want to now fight for shark conservation some don’t, some turn to religion and some don’t. Nobody can be blamed for how they feel , we just need to respect each others views.
Helping and talking with other survivors is a privilege, trying to offer comfort and help any way I can and sharing experiences etc. The shark does not discriminate who it attacks so we should not either.
Ah yes it’s been a hard 3 years, 3 years of my second life, my freebie, but it has been a great 3 years! Dave