Wednesday, June 2, 2010

An "American Shark Fin" in San Franciso

Reality is a funny thing. For example, today I was in a meeting on Clement Ave in San Francisco talking about my favorite subject sharks, and the shark fin trade.

The proposed solutions being bandied about ran the gamut, much of it the same old campaigning rhetoric that's been at the forefront of the anti-shark fin movement for a few years now.

We also discussed the achievements in Hawaii recently, a rare and invigoration success in regional anti-shark fin legislation.

After strolling out of the meeting and walking into a shark fin store just across the street, I was struck by the global trade itself, and how we are not addressing shark fin trade from the trade side.

The reality of the moment.

If you understand that statement then you understand the need for a radical change in our approach to global shark fin trade.

If you think we as shark conservationist are addressing the global trade side of shark fins, then continue to drink the cool-aid my friend.

Reality Number One

Non-Asians, no matter how talented, important, or media savvy can't dictate what Asians may or may not consume.

Reality Number

You cannot frighten your conservation opponent into stopping lawful or illegal trade.

Reality Number Three

The global shark fin trade is like a water balloon, if you squeeze one side it balloons out.

Reality Number Four

Money drives conservation. Without long term conservation funding the effort is not sustainable.

Reality Number Five

Conservation groups spend far too much time searching for money to be effective.

Reality Number Six

Direct action serves only to harden your opposition and drive trade underground.

The global shark fin trade encompasses every coastal nation on the planet, including the USA. It is estimated to be a 500-1 billion dollar industry. It is vertically integrated with well established trade routes. It has politicians, hundreds of thousands of poor people, and even enforcement officials working for it.

Can it be stopped?

That's the million dollar question and all questions begin with a quick reality check.

I am very keen to see the conservation side tap into the unlimited budgets they need to effect conservation change. I am also very keen to support out of the box ideas tackling the global shark fin trade. How about we look at the trade under the global lens and develop strategies that work?

Money, enforcement, and strategy will effect conservation change.

Reality Number Seven

Without each side in play, the whole will fail, and that's the final reality of today's reality check.

Patric Douglas CEO

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Who Are The BP ROV's? - Meet Little Geek

The unsung hero's on Day 44 of British Petroleum's Oilmageddon in the Gulf are the ROV's and drivers who are on the front lines of this unfolding disaster.

Everyone is watching them and yet no one knows who they are.

This is Little Geek.

Along with Be BOP, R2, The Saw and Claw - Man they have become the unwitting ambassadors and familiar face of America's oil disaster in the Gulf.

Owned and operated by oil services giant Oceaneering these bots and drivers have been working 24/7 since the disaster started, executing a series of technical maneuvers that have set the gold standard for deep water ROV technology.

We started a Facebook Fan Club this week with regular updates.

Little Geek tech specs are online here. We wish the bot drivers and maintenance crews who have been working this incredible effort all the best in the coming days. A pound of Pete's coffee is being sent to your headquarters this week with our regards.