Great news from the other side of the Globe. Venezuela implements a law which banns shark-finning from its waters.
Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. Most significantly, commercial shark fishing is now prohibited throughout the 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that make up the popular Los Roques and Las Aves archipelagos, whose pristine beaches and coral reefs make it a diving and fishing attraction.
Venezuela’s decision to prohibit shark finning means that it now joins the rest of the countries of South America, North America and Central America in banning this wasteful practice,” said Jill Hepp, manager of global shark conservation at the Pew Environment Group. Combined with the breeding ground safe haven in Los Roques and Las Aves, this is the latest step in the growing global movement to save these magnificent animals.” Source
Venezuela is a breeding ground for several species of sharks. Good news, not only for the Scuba Diving community world-wide.
Many of our guests identified their discoveries with one of his ID books. Neville Coleman, inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2007 has passed away this May 5 – 2012.
The world lost one of the biggest underwater explorers Neville Coleman. He passed peacefully away on May 5 – 2012. The member of the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame was an inspiration for thousands of divers. His passion to discover the Oceans led Neville Coleman to discover 450 new species with 15 of them carrying his name.
Neville Coleman was diving since 1963. He published his first book in 1974 Australian marine fishes in colour. Many of his publications can be found in dive shops worldwide. They are known to be some of the most comprehensive underwater guides available… source: Scuba Tribune