DIVING INDUSTRY WEIGHS IN ON SHARK CONSERVATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Business owners, professionals join campaign to restrict international trade on endangered shark and ray species

RIO DE JANEIRO, February 25th – Diving industry stakeholders from around the world have joined forces to demand urgent international measures to stall the continued global decline of shark and ray populations, and released a manifesto prior to the 16th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the International Trade in Endagered Species, which will consider restricting trade in several of the most endangered species of these animals.

Photo by: Paul Munzinger

Titled “Sharks and Rays: Our Peoples Want Them Alive!”, the document, which is being sent to government authorities in more than 100 countries and will be distributed at CITES and other international environmental and fisheries treaties, makes the case for the vital importance of healthy shark and ray populations for the generation of jobs and revenues – in the scale of billions of dollars – by the diving industry worldwide, and the threats that overfishing and the shark fin trade cause to the industry, especially in developing countries.

From Peter Hughes, owner of DivEncounters, one of the most renowned international diving companies, and Bill Acker, pioneer of shark and ray diving in Yap, Micronesia, to Carlos Macuacua, the first native dive Instructor in Mozambique, and Carlos “Bodão” Soares, legendary character from Brazilian diving, several long-standing professionals share their views on the issue in this document and joing the call for authorities to act now to ensure that the diving industry interests are considered when taking decisions affecting sharks, rays and their environment. The publication is illustrated with shark and ray diving images from around the world, volunteered by several underwater photographers, and the campaign is being funded entirely by contributions from Brazilian divers and dive businesses.

Photo by: Paul Munzinger

According to one of the coordinators for the Divers for Sharks campaign, Jose Truda Palazzo, Jr., from Brazil, “it is about time that governments listen to the diving interests and consider not only the environmental disaster, but also the economic stupidity that killing off the world’s sharks and rays represent. Our industry generates many more jobs and much more income than the unnecessary, wasteful traffic on shark fins and manta ray gill rakers, and we have a right to be heard when decisions such as the ones being taken by CITES in the next few weeks are to be considered”.

CITES will consider specific trade restriction proposals for hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagle, and manta rays. The meeting is to be held in Bangok between March 3rd and 14th and for the first time diving industry representatives will be attending it to press for marine species conservation.

The divers’ manifesto can be viewed at diversforsharks

For more information please contact:
Divers for Sharks ph. +55 51 99927429
info@diversforsharks.com.br, brazilian_wildlife@terra.com.br
www.diversforsharks.com.br
www.facebook.com/diversforsharks

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Chris Mars
Chris Mars
18:28 26 Mar 19
This is my home island.. Iam just giving it 5 star review cuz i miss home.. Feels like forever since I Last visitedread more
stacey blake
stacey blake
16:26 20 Mar 19
Beautiful resort and location, small and quaint with very attentive service from wonderful staff who were extremely friendly and helpful, and knew everyone's name (travelled with a group of 20 people) within the first day. Yap Divers staff were amazing, we were even offered hot tea during our surface intervals with some delicious snacks, and they ensured we had the best possible dive experience on each dive. I would return to this gorgeous island and absolutely stay at Manta Bay Resort again, it's well worth the trip!read more
Shaun Suliol
Shaun Suliol
11:48 12 Mar 19
The staff made sure our every needs were met! They were accommodating to my groups weird requests. We felt spoiled. They even remember our names. No where else but in Yap at the Manta Ray!read more
Doreen Korbl
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19:09 10 Mar 19
incredible service, special thanks to Ruud the resort manager
Michael Fusco
Michael Fusco
04:49 22 Jan 19
MantaRayBay Resort, is THE dive resort. It is so obvious that this place was designed for divers, BY divers. The concept that all of the guests are part of the resort family seems to be the cornerstone of MRB Resort. The dive service is top notch; the wait staff spot-on, the resort staff super friendly and attentive. The dive sites are great, especially the southern walls, and of course the cleaning stations visited so often by the Manta Rays. I have gone scuba diving all over western Asia and the Caribbean, and MRB Resort is at the top!read more
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
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