Saturday, August 13, 2011

Isla Guadalupe Shark Research - Supporting CICIMAR 2011

Shark Diver has been a long time supporter of the CICIMAR shark tagging effort at Isla Guadalupe.

We initiated the program in tandem with Dr. Peter Klimley from U.C Davis back in 2002 and remain the first commercial operation to embrace shark research at the island. At the time graduate student Mauricio Hoyos was tapped to lead a nascent Mexican tagging and tracking program with white sharks.

Today Dr. Mauricio Hoyos is back for his 9th shark season and once again we're providing material support and operational support to his tracking efforts.

This year, thanks to our divers and strong demand again for our 5 day white shark expeditions we are providing Dr.Hoyos with a brand new satellite phone in 2011.

In 2010 a very unfortunate accident at the island lead to the deaths of three staff members from CONANP, they did not have the basic equipment to call for emergency medical help while at the north end of the island. It was a tragedy that really hit home with us.

As we begin another sold out 12 week commercial shark diving season at Isla Guadalupe we want to say "thank you" to the many divers who have been joining us since 2002. It is with your help and support that we are able to purchase everything from boat engines, to pangas, and electronic equipment that is essential for the ongoing work with sharks at the island.

Let's go shark diving!

Patric Douglas CEO