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Shark Bytes – webisode 22

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Shark Bytes – webisode 22

G’day. I’m matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to “Shark Bytes”.

There’s a lot of media about the health benefits of seafood in our diet. This has got me thinking about the pressure this is going to put on our largest key species of fish that are out there, those big fish that reach maturity at a later age. We often don’t think about this, nut in the case of farming on the land, we look at species of animals that reach maturity in 2 years, the reason we do this is because of profitability, we have the ability to get a return on it sooner rather than later. What it means is that we don’t farm animals that reach maturity in 8-10 years of age, so if that’s the case, why are we harvesting fish from our oceans that’s maturity is 8-20 years of age? Anything over 3 years of age is not a good idea! What this looks at is the idea of sustainability, what we can afford to consume, what the ocean can afford to give us. What it comes down to is this; a Tuna takes 8-10 years to mature, that means that if it takes over 3 generations to recover from over fishing of from a significant loss or die off, we will be looking at close to 30-40 years for recovery. If we look at the smaller species of fish such as sardines, herring, salmon, calamari, some species of crabs, prawns, which only takes 18 months-2 years to reach maturity, it’s only 6 years to recovery, so if we get it wrong, we have the ability to watch them recover and we can see their response a lot quicker. If we don’t eat lamb and beef, then I can understand why we don’t eat seafood, but we do eat lamb and beef and we should also think about our ocean in the same light. Although we don’t actually farm it we have a responsibility to look after it and make sure it’s there for the future. This idea of sustainable seafood is something you need to think about. Don’t worry about the strong taste of sardines, they’re delicious! You just need to know how to cook them :)

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Shark Bytes – webisode 21

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Shark Bytes – webisode 21

G’day. I’m matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to “Shark Bytes”.

One thing I’ve never really understood is the industry of Shark finning, I just don’t get how we can be so wasteful. Often what happens is, these guys catch Sharks on hooks and while the Sharks are alive they butcher their fins off of them and then throw their wriggling, bleeding carcases back over the side, the vision is horrific, the Shark sinks to the bottom, it’s gasping for air, it’s trying to swim and it eventually dies a suffocating, bleeding death, it’s unbelievable. What really troubles me is the waste, the body of the Shark could have be utilized, often the nations responsible for fishing are starving, third world countries anyway. 200,000 Sharks are caught per day and disposed of, just for their fins.  It’s really not ok, I think that this idea of Shark finning… what’s it even for? This soup isn’t even nourishable, it really doesn’t have any benefit to it and just about every time you buy it, it’s flavoured with chicken stock, crab or lobster. It doesn’t even taste like Shark fin soup. It used to represent some sort of prosperity and being wealthy in China in the early, early days. But it’s so readily available today that is better represents wastefulness, it represents a lack of respect for the other animals we live on this planet with, and I think you need to get involved – you can’t just say how bad it is, next time you walk into a restaurant and see Shark fin soup on the menu, scream, scream for the Shark that has no voice that’s dying in immense pain. Get on board with this, we allow Shark finning in the Northern Territory waters and every other place in Australia you can catch Sharks, you can sell the fins. This has got to stop or it’s going to get worse. The Sharks that they are finning by the way, aren’t even Great Whites or Sharks to be scared of, most of them are not bigger than 3 or 4 feet long maximum. It’s ridiculous, I don’t understand it, I just don’t understand it and I think this is an issue that I’m not the only one who feels this way. This is something that I’d really like to take further and get your opinion on, get onto our Google, Facebook, twitter, email and let us know what you think, there’s organisations around the world, there’s people we’re associated with – check out our Facebook, and join in the conversation to try and fix this.

So stay tuned for more “Shark Bytes” and remember the future of the marine environment is in all our hands.


Shark Bytes – webisode 19

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Shark Bytes – webisode 19

G’day. I’m matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to “Shark Bytes”.

It’s really interesting, we often get asked when is the best time to come and see Great Whites. It usually coincides with the fur seal breeding season out at Neptune Islands, when the seal pups enter the water for the first time – there is abundant food supply of easy prey. That’s usually the best time to see the Great Whites and that’s usually during the winter months, June, July, August, September and into October. March and April are traditionally the worst months to go Shark cage diving. But of course it’s a very popular time for people to want to go. We make every effort and are completely honest and open. We’ve just been through March, where the average was 3.7 Sharks sighted per berley day and that’s about 2.7 Sharks above average for that month, which is astounding and we’ve had incredible results. We’re moving through April now where things are quiet but I still think it’s worth coming out to have a look. I say time and time again that the best chance of seeing Sharks is going to be at Neptune Islands on the back of one of our boats that it is at the Port Lincoln caravan Park. So think about that when you’re coming and booking your holidays, check through, check the details, check our website, see what’s happening, we will be seeing Sharks – if we are we’ll let you know. Usually a good sign of good Shark sightings is seeing new Sharks, they usually hang around for 2-3 weeks, look out for sightings of new Sharks (on our website) and that will let you know if it’s a good time to come, sooner rather than later.

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Shark Bytes – webisode 15

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Shark Bytes – webisode 15!

G’day. I’m matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to “Shark Bytes”.

Ok, so I’ve talked a lot about acoustic attraction, just to qualify and quantify what that is, it’s the use of sound or vibrations in the water column to bring the sharks close to the boat. This is not new technology; it’s something that’s been around for a while. The difference senses pick up different scents from blood and berley it the water. These senses that respond to very low frequencies such as the sort that we are finding in rock music. I was actually talking to a guy who was the photographer who’d been out with some of the operators in Guadeloupe who had used speakers under the water as entertainment for guests while they waited for Sharks. He noted to me that he had seen certain response changes or different behaviour around different songs – Sharks showing curiosity to this type of music. We’ve since done quite a few trips in the last few months where we’ve trialled different types of music; it’s been interesting the stuff that gets a response out of them. But overall, the idea of music is better than just sound, sound vibrations become repetitive and annoying. In my mind, the way it works is that it’s the same as music appeals to us – we go through different beats and tempo all the time because one single noise at the prime frequency becomes very annoying. Its been a great idea, it was a novel advertising campaign with the ACDC but it’s certainly been good for our business and certainly better for Shark welfare and wellbeing.

So stay tuned for more “Shark Bytes” and remember the future of the marine environment is in all our hands.


Shark Bytes – webisode 14

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Shark Bytes – webisode 14!

G’day. I’m matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to “Shark Bytes”.

I got asked this question recently from Sillo in Western Australia: “Why is the media reporting so many Sharks close to shore? Is it just a media beat up or is it becoming more frequent? If it is increasing, is it because of scarce food sources and they’ve got to look closer to shore?” To be strict, I’m going to think about it like the fishermen think about it. El Nino means good fishing, it’s a Spanish term. La Nina, meaning feminine, is the opposite – bad fishing. The fishermen refer to these times in their years or in their seasons where there was lots of fish to be had or poor fish to be had. Now Sharks are hunters and I think of it this way, we’ve gone through the last 2 years with a very strong La Nina event, it’s a scientific fact. I’ve also seen the fishermen out here catch small fish and not a lot of them, which means the Sharks who predominantly feed on fish sources, are short on food. They spend more time on beaches chasing salmon. These are our swimming and surfing beaches and they spend more time around islands, such as the Neptune’s where there is a high colony or concentration of mammals. I hope that answers your question, there’s obviously more detail than that. There are probably people more entitled to answer you who are more scientifically minded, of course I’m a tour operator and fisherman and that’s how I see it.

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Shark Bytes – webisode 13

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Shark Bytes – webisode 13!

G’day. I’m Matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to ”Shark Bytes”.

We need to educate people about the environment or it could cease to exist – dooms day stuff. More than likely what’s going to happen is it will adapt or change, faster than we can adapt to it. There was a time when we thought the resources of the planet were limitless, there was an unlimited supply of fish, of timber, of minerals and fuel, that’s a real concern; we need to be thinking about how we can deal with that and we need to make changes now. All I’m trying to do is appeal to people to make a few changes it the way that they live and I do that in a fun way by getting them out to enjoy the Sea Lions and enjoy the Tuna. I want them to go away and tell stories of this interesting, life changing experience to their children and their grandchildren so that those people can come to in the future, hopefully what we’ve looked after. I actually also want people to think about my blog next time they throw away a working item for the latest, greatest model or they waste food in laziness or throw in to the garbage what can be recycled. Out here, it’s a beautiful place, it’s an interesting place, it feels good – get out and enjoy it. But be back here, drop us a message for our next edition of Shark Bytes.

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Shark Bytes – webisode 12

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Shark Bytes – webisode 12!

G’day. I’m matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to “Shark Bytes”.

Research may very well, in the future, prove some sort of difference between acoustic attraction and berleying for sharks and it may come up with some definitive results as to which one is better and which one isn’t. The fact is it’s irrelevant – both of these practises attract sharks. We’d like to be involved as a company to do the research but we can’t do that without a licence, we can’t do that without commitment from governments to continue to be able to operate. Without the support of the public, this won’t happen. Shark cage diving is one of the greatest, thrill-seeking, wildlife adventures you can have in your life. The whole point here is that we attract sharks for people to view them, it shouldn’t matter how we do it, as long as it’s best for the sharks welfare, it’s best for the concerns of the local community, in that we look after the animals and have respect for the other people that share this space. Get involved in our survey and let us know what you think, click the link at the bottom of this blog page. As I said yesterday, get in here – you only have a limited opportunity to let us know your opinions and how this should go in the future.

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Shark Bytes – webisode 10

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Shark Bytes – webisode 10!

G’day. I’m Matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to ”Shark Bytes”.

We’ve had so many people send in this question – Do I think tourism has had an influence on Shark attacks on our beaches? – The fact is, the Barry Bruce report collated in 2011 stated that “berleying, provisioning and baiting of Sharks, has changed their behaviour.” The report showed that the Sharks were appearing half an hour before boats were to rock up at the Neptune Islands, it also showed that the Sharks left an hour afterward and were spending longer residency at the Neptune Islands than ever before. Over the last 10 years, we have impacted the way Sharks behave. This impact has not yet seen a detrimental return on the Sharks but it could be considered dangerous. Is tourism changing the way Sharks behave or creating more attacks on our beaches? I think we’ve also got to look at berleying for fish, fishermen, discharge over the side of our vessels and unless we address everything, we cant just point the finger at one industry. Shark tourism is the greatest opportunity in the world for people to get out onto the water and see a  Great White Shark. For an equitable tourism experience, you can’t see Sharks without some sort of attraction. We must be able to go out to the Neptune Islands and bring the Sharks to the boat or people won’t be able to see them.

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Shark Bytes – webisode 9


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Shark Bytes – webisode 9!

G’day. I’m Matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to ”Shark Bytes”.

We won the regional award for sustainability last year. Now there’s a couple of things you need to consider in this. Firstly, as a business it must be economically sustainable. I cannot run a business, as much as I would like to take people out to show them things, I can’t without covering my costs. Secondly, it’s really important that we don’t change the environment.  It’s important that when we take people down there, it’s the first time; it feels like the first time, it’s a wildlife experience and that we keep it the same for everybody every time they go there. And thirdly, we need to improve our environmental footprint. The environmental footprint I refer to, are things like; the carbon we create, the natural resources we pull out of the environment – these are the things we need to be responsible for in the future. Believe it or not, these are the things that the new, educated, younger generation of consumers are looking for. They do these things because they know it’s the right thing to do. The choices they make reflect the changes in sustainability. This generation, remember, are responsible for the biggest swing in politics in 50 years – going towards a 20% green vote. They actually want a carbon tax. We as product producers are under a scrutiny like never before; this group of people have the funds and are prepared to pay the premium price for a product that reflects their beliefs and changes about the way the world should be run. At Adventure Bay Charters, sustainable tourism and environmental sustainability are not negotiable.

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Shark Bytes – webisode 8

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Shark Bytes – webisode 8!

G’day. I’m Matt from Adventure Bay Charters and welcome to ”Shark Bytes”.

I care about the marine environment because my family have made a living out of it for 4 generations. We’re acutely aware of the changes as they happen. I’m also aware of what really good management of a fishery can achieve. Is the price of fish honestly reflected as a part of where it comes from? We talk about the price of fish for instance in terms of what the cost of production is. Does it really reflect what thousands or millions of years of evolution really did to create this animal? Does it truly reflect the last 20 to 30 years that it grew? And that sort of reflects how i care about the environment. It’s a bit weird to think that the environment itself or Mother Nature doesn’t get rewarded for all the effort that they put in. Anything that we do to pay that back will be better than what we’ve done in the past. It’s annoying to me to think that we go about our daily lives and don’t consider what the environment produces for us. We cannot continue to consume without regard, we cannot continue to walk without looking where we’re stepping because if we do, continue the way we have, it may not be here in the future.

So stay tuned for more “Shark Bytes” and remember the future of the marine environment is in all our hands.

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