Shawn Heinrichs is your average run-of-the-mill ocean conservationist rock-star. He is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer and marine conservationist. He has been working with communities across Indonesia, the world’s largest shark fishery, to document and educate about the importance and need people have for sharks. His most recent film ‘Guardians of Raja Ampat’, done in conjunction with Conservation International, will be released late this year to communities across Raja Ampat.
Sharks fascinate people. That is why they get their own week every summer. But most people don’t realize that people kill 100 million sharks a year. They also don’t recognize that sharks are worth more alive than dead, but that is changing — and here’s why.
This Shark Week we will see plenty of the “big three”: the great white, tiger and bull sharks. As important as these are, they are just three members of the shark group, which includes over 400 species — and some of the most amazing sharks in our ocean don’t get as much notice. Tuesday at 9 p.m., “Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss,” the sequel to “Alien Sharks of the Deep” will shed some light on the mysterious life of these lesser known sharks. This year, the show will Paul Clerkin as he investigates the ocean’s depths to better understand these mysterious fish. Here are just a few things you should know about these hidden stars of Shark Week.
Sharks have always struck a chord in the human psyche. In the 1975 movie “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg managed to capture the world’s imagination with his fictional monster shark and jumpstart both a collective fear and fascination with these boneless fish.
Often, though, fear wins out over fascination — even if you are more likely to be killed by your toaster than a shark. If sharks were to disappear, it would be bad news for us because believe it or not sharks do a lot of things for you. Yes, YOU!
Did You know June 9th is Coral Triangle Day? We bet you didn’t. Its a day to celebrate and connect with the underwater Amazon of the world, a spectacularly diverse marine environment in the Asia-Pacific that covers an area half the size of the United States, passing through Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. This biological powerhouse touches the people of the Coral Triangle and people all around the globe!
Raja Ampat is an archipelago in Indonesia off the west coast of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea. It is an area of unparalleled ocean life. And it’s also an example of how successful conservation depends on community involvement and action.
Filmmakers and conservationists Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller traveled to Raja Ampat to produce, in conjunction with CI, the film “Guardians of Raja Ampat” and record the stories of communities reclaiming and protecting their marine treasures. They aim to use these stories to drive more conservation.
But what has made these distant islands a good model for ocean conservation?
Who doesn’t dream of escaping the troubles of our world to some deserted tropical island on the sapphire blue sea? Today (May 22) is the U.N.’s International Day for Biological Diversity, and to keep with the UN International Year of Small Island Developing States, 2014 is celebrating Island Biodiversity. Take a look at why islands are important to supporting biodiversity.
It’s Earth Day, and we humans should be darn thankful for all of the things nature provides us free of charge. Here are just a few of the things the planet does that benefit people.
Today is World Wildlife Day. The UN established this holiday to recognize the economic, ecological and cultural benefits people get from wildlife — and to raise awareness about the illegal wildlife trade, which harms people and species alike. One fella who is happy about this new holiday is this unnamed hairy-nosed otter, the rarest kind of otter on the planet.