I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Sea Legends, who are currently in Salalah as part of a 3-week long shark expedition. The team is made up of a very driven, committed and passionate group of volunteers who have come together over a common cause - to protect Oman's sharks and to explore sustainable alternatives to fishing. Over the coming weeks, this team of divers, activists & cameramen will be documenting shark fishing across Oman and its influence on fishing communities and the local economy. You can follow their progress on facebook and also read more in this interview with Avi Bernstein - a marine protection activist and one of the core team members. The expedition is only in its infancy, but already shocking images are emerging of scores of dead bull sharks (including pregnant ones), endangered hammerheads and eagle rays. I wish these guys every success and the best of luck, and I sincerely hope that Oman wakes up to this issue before it is too late. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the problem here, but it is also inspirational to be around people who care enough to self-fund and undertake a project like this. I urge you to show your support! The image below was taken this morning in Salalah fish market where over 50 dead baby sharks were seen, including endangered scalloped hammerheads!
|Photo courtesy of Sea Legends|