Dr Elke partners with blue o two

Guests encouraged to support Red Sea Sharks trust

Author: Pat
25th August 2012
 

Blue o two has extended its partnership with Dr. Elke Bojanowski, shark expert and liveaboard guest speaker.

Holidaymakers aboard the blue o two fleet will be encouraged to donate directly to her Red Sea Sharks trust.

shark photo-identification and monitoring projects

The British-owned operator currently has four Egyptian liveaboards, M/Y blue Horizon, M/Y blue Melody, M/Y blue Fin and M/Y blue Voyager.

The new support programme will collect money for Red Sea Sharks, a scientific project under the helm of Research Director Dr. Elke.

As well as studying shark populations in the area, she can be found on blue o two itineraries as a sort of ‘travelling guest speaker.’

The Trust plans to expand ongoing photo-identification and monitoring projects, with a focus on additional surveying and tracking ideas.

It will also continue to raise awareness for the plight of sharks in the Red Sea and around the globe.

Shark populations worldwide have been pushed to the brink of extinction within only a few decades, and as far as we know, the sharks in the Red Sea are in no better situation than their conspecifics around the globe.

Fishing pressure has had an impact of unknown magnitude, and although the sharks’ economic value is undisputed, scientific data is scarce; information on population status and ecological needs is insufficient or doesn’t exist at all.

The Red Sea Sharks trust uses diverse methods such as a volunteer monitoring program, photo-identification, electronic tracking, and dedicated surveys.

Dr. Bojanowski said: “This is a really exciting time for Red Sea Sharks and the generous support of blue o two and its guests will enable the Trust to develop new projects to help shark conservation in the Red Sea”.

Read about the Red Sea Sharks trust and how to support their work at www.redseasharks.org.

 
 
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