Asian Shark Conservation was formed by active divers who were more and more concerned by the obvious decline of sharks and rays on their favourite dive locations around Asia. The decline has increased dramatically within recent years, making urgent effective action essential.
Critical to shark conservation is the provision of accurate data to provide statistics and this is why we have launched our website, Asian Shark Conservation.
So what can you do to help? It's simple, go diving in Asia! Then record your shark sightings down, log in as a registered user at the Asian Shark Sighting database page and record that information.
We do the rest by collating and then forwarding your valuable information to the critical bodies that need it, most importantly, the IUCN for their production of the Red List. You can find out more on this vital document by clicking on the IUCN link below. We will also forward the data to other bodies that can use this data productively.
Importantly the data provided by you is not published openly, so your favourite dive location with a healthy marine ecology and bountiful sharks, will remain safe and out of the reach of the shark finners and commercial fishermen.
Finally, we all love the marine environment and sharks. So use this site to promote your passion and share with other diving conservationists what you have seen. Submit your pictures either via the shark sighting database records or by uploading seperately, your blog, projects or petitions and we'll be more than happy to post them. Asian Shark Conservation is your community!
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What We Hope To Achieve:
Promote the Asian Shark Conservation shark sighting database, thereby providing critical data on the shark population in Asia Pacific, collating and validating periodically the information for submission to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list process.
Initiate a jetty survey to monitor and report on shark finning activities within Asian waters, geographically recording their locations. Specifically identify where these encroach on recognized marine protection areas (MPAs).
Liaise with international and local government bodies for the introduction or amendment of regulations and law to protect shark species and promote marine diversity as a result.
Liaise with recognized organizations (Coral Triangle Initiative/Project Aware/WWF) to promote and enhance existing projects.
Identify and actively campaign for further MPAs.
Implement a shark tagging scheme to monitor the migratory patterns and thereby identify the effectivness of the existing or proposed marine protected areas.
Specific species targeting for in depth analysis and conservation targeting.
Obtain and maintain a high media profile for the cause and ensure factual reporting of progress is maintained, along with maintaining an information media highway demonstrating clearly the systematic and continual persecution of the Asian shark species.
Educate and enlist the help of the general public, the diving community, business & industry and the media with public promotion, events and demonstrations where suitable.
In April 2013 Asian Shark Conservation (ASC) is opening its marine conservation centre, Scuba-Yu Dive Centre, in conjunction with TRACC www.tracc-borneo.orgat
Now you can get actively involved with hands on conservation, conservation courses and PADI diver training courses with great diving in one stunning location, where we all can make a visible difference to the marine environment we love and want to care for so much.