shark rescue and release
Organized by: Steve Oakley
Rescued coral catsharks
September 13, 2016
Unfortunately as a result of overfishing and the demand or shark fin, there are very few sharks on any reefs in Sabah, Malaysia. TRACC diving surveys of 365 reefs in 2011 showed very low numbers in any area with no protection. A few areas still have sharks which are caught by commercial fishermen. In 2013, we bought 25 coral catsharks from the live fish trade and saved them from being eaten. We have also bought endangered Humphead wrasse and Humpback groupers and sucessfully released them. We released the coral catsharks on Pom Pom Island and now they can be seen on most night dives. With several years of reef recovery, the fish population of the Pom Pom Island protected area is now large enough to support more sharks.
DONATIONS PLEASE ON THE TRACC WEBSITE - Crowdrise is non functional except in USA
Discovery channel are filming the reef restoration and documenting the shark rescue in Oct 2016 and we want to promote shark conservation for all small and poorly known species through the documentary. What we do can be replicated - please help us help sharks.
THIS IS A TRACC PROJECT, Saving reefs turtles and sharks is what we do.
In 2016, we want to rescue and release a small breeding population of each reef or shallow water species, (coral cat shark, white tip reef shark, brown banded bamboo, white spot bamboo, epaulete shark, blacktip reef shark, grey reef shark, leopard shark and guitar shark). We know where in Sabah the fishers catch a few babies of each of these each year, (none of these sharks are protected even though numbers have fallen dramatically). If we buy them they won't be eaten and they will have the opportunity to grow and reproduce in a protected area.