Endangered Sharks Used for Fish Liver Oil

IMG_4258WildLifeRisk, a Hong Kong based conservation group, recently investigated a shark processing plant in China’s ZheJiang province. Article below from the South China Morning Post:


As divers, we’re all aware of the threat to shark populations from shark-fining, but do you know that endangered species such as basking sharks, whale sharks, and great whites are being processed for fish oil and other non-essentials such as lipstick, face cream, and other health supplements? The oil wouldn’t be called “shark liver oil” but rather “fish liver oil”. In addition, whale shark skins are sold to Chinese restaurants in Europe as fish skins or fish gelatin.

This plant produced over 20 tons of oil from basking sharks, 100 tons of oil from blue sharks, and went through over 600 whale sharks last year…please spread the word as education and awareness will help stop the killing.

The Road Less Traveled

Sunset over Triton Bay

It is now going on three years this path that I have taken, and though ahead lies a lot of hard work, the destination is finally in sight .  I don’t presume that, like Robert  Frost, this road will make “all the difference” but in many ways it already has.  I guess I could call this first blog entry “The Road Never Traveled” as it is a more apt description of what we are attempting to build here in Triton Bay, but then I wouldn’t be able to quote Robert Frost…

At the moment, I can’t help but recall all the possibilities I explored: partners, locations, liveaboard vs. resort, and I think I can say I’m happy with my choices. There was never any doubt of Triton Bay as a suitable location for diving, the issue was (and still is) whether I could marshal enough resources to overcome the cultural, language, regulatory, and numerous other obstacles. But along the way I managed to find a business partner who was willing to invest and help build the resort. And I have to credit Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock, whose work I relied heavily upon in my initial survey of the area. Finally, a word must be said for Conservation International – if they were not committed to the area, I would not have looked to come.

So here we are, half done and hopeful that you will visit us in Kaimana Regency to see for yourself what the earth and oceans were like before the arrival of modern civilization. See you soon!