Friday, August 21, 2009

White Sharks at the CA Capitol: a quick follow-up

Back home and here's a follow up to the Sacramento Assembly screening/presentation of Island of the Great White Shark.

It was a well-attended event and the staff for both Assemblymembers Fletcher and Huffman did a great job in providing the equipment and hand-out materials for the event, held in one of the stately committee conference rooms.

Dr. Klimley of UC Davis had an opportunity to stress the importance of continued research and introduced several of his researcher/grad students who are involved in projects ranging from San Francisco Bay to the Galapagos Islands.

Greg Grivetto of Horizon Charters and I spoke of the importance of co-operation between California and Mexico regarding ongoing eco-tourism and research - the two often work hand in hand. And I emphasized to the elected officials in attendance the need for appreciating the reality that, despite conservation and fishery management laws within defined state, federal or international waters, many sea animals, including sharks, don't pay attention to these man-made boundaries and that what happens to a species in one area of the world could have profound impacts on other regions, thereby impacting protected species, fishery management, and even tourism economies.

In the end, it's one planet, one big ocean, and we all need to work together. Following the screening/presentation at the California Capitol, we'll be working on a diplomatic meeting between California and Mexico officials with perhaps a side trip to Isla Guadalupe, so hopefully more news to come in the future.


WhySharksMatter said...

"Dr. Klimley of UC Davis...researcher/grad students ...Galapagos Islands."

So you met my friend Alex Hearn, it sounds like.

Congratulations on a great event!

RTSea said...

Sure did. Also, Taylor - who I had supported with photo/video gear at the outset of his Calif. white shark population study, along with researchers studying hammerheads, and seven-gill sharks. A hard-working group, all.

Zuri said...

The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.