Shark Fin Scoop Part II

Staring down into the clear waters of the Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

The lucrative shark fin industry enables Andy and his family and cousins’ family to support themselves for over three months following each one of these five day fishing expeditions. With little financial support from the PNG government they need all the cash they can get to keep up with school fees, doctors bills and – [...]

Shark Fin Scoop Part I

Andy with a nervous smile before heading out to set the lines

This is the story of Andy, a 16 year old shark fisherman in the little known archipelago of the Louisiades, south east off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea.  The youngest son of seven children it is time for this boy to earn his rights to be called a man and catch his first shark [...]

Sea turtles: gentle, ancient travellers

Hawksbill Turtle, Egypt. (Erich Reboucas)

The ponderous sea turtle has a good reason not to hurry. Turtles are prehistoric animals whose ancestors evolved on land before returning to the ocean some 150 million years ago – having survived the extinction of dinosaurs, why rush? Today, sea turtles are swimming slowly and gracefully in almost every ocean basin throughout the world [...]

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