Left to Right: Kayleigh Nicole Burns, Natalie Parra, Dr. Michele Barnes-Mauthe,       Ocean Ramsey, Ka'imi Ahu, & Jacqueline Cadiente

Sharks function as the white blood cells of the ocean ecosystem. They pick off the dead, dying, and weak leaving only the healthiest to reproduce. Without sharks our ocean ecosystem would collapse; the health and productivity of the fish that humans and other mammals eat would degrade to the point that our human health and the amount of seafood available for consumption could also be jeopardized. At this point, many sharks are now on the brink of extinction. Scientists estimate that over the past 50 years, over 90% of the world’s shark populations have disappeared. We hope that capturing images of sharks and humans interacting peacefully and intimately will help to change the way people think about sharks. To see sharks as they really are: amazing, beautiful, and important animals that need to be protected. The media hype surrounding these animals depicts them as evil demonic man-eating monsters. The truth is sharks do not see people as food and generally avoid humans. Humans are killing 100 million sharks each year and sharks accidentally kill 4-7 people worldwide.

Sharks are important.  They need to exist.  Please help save sharks.

Right now, as you read this, there are baited hooks and nets set and left with the intent to catch sharks just to kill them to purposely further decimate their populations.  The two biggest offenders of the current practice of culling are: Australia and South Africa.

Scientific data has proven culling to be ineffective at reducing the number of incidents over a period of twenty years.  We know that sharks serve an important role in the ecosystem and are slow to reproduce so culling likely has large indirect negative effects on the health of fish, piniped, and reef ecology. Studies have shown that areas with high numbers of sharks have larger fish stocks and healthier reefs.  Culling with baited hooks actually attracts sharks closer to shore and not every shark takes the bait, some even predate on sharks that have died on the line and are positively rienforced to use near shore areas to hunt.  By-catch of dolphins, turtles, and even whales are a regular occurance in these methods. 


Please help stop the cull: Make your voice heard: Sign the petition here: 


http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/9/save-wa-sharks-stop-the-cull


Finning is the practice of catching a shark and cutting off its fins.  Often the rest of the shark is discarded and often it is still alive.  Unable to swim without its fins it slowly sinks and suffocates and/or bleeds to death.  The practice is cruel and wasteful.

      So why would a fisherman target sharks for just their fins?  There is an extremely high demand for shark fins for an asian delicasy called "SHARK FIN SOUP"  the fin doesn't add flavor or texture to the soup, it is merely a cultural status symbol.  With the largest population on the planet and a recenteconomic boom, more chinese are able to afford to buy fins and the demand has sky rocketed in the last three decades. resulting in over 70 million sharks being killed just for their fins!

Help stop finning by clicking the link below:  

http://www.stopsharkfinning.net/stop-shark-finning-petitions/ 


Stop The Cull


Help Save Sharks



End Finning




Meet the women of conservation behind the masks:





Ocean Ramsey

Dr. Michele Barnes-Mauthe

Ka`imi Ahu

Jacqueline Cadiente

Kayleigh Nicole Burns

Natalie Parra

 















Ocean Ramsey

Ocean is a shark and marine conservationist, biologist, research diver, underwater photographer/videographer, competitive freediver, swimmer, surfer,
& 10yr professional PADI scuba instructor.  She has traveled the world teaching diving & working with sharks, rays, and other marine life in research, conservation, as well as in recreational projects. She is a marine biologist and is working towards a masters and eventual doctorate in ethology (animal behavior.) Her lifes passion and focus
is marine conservation, specifically shark conservation.  

“As a diver I am so lucky to have been able to
spend my life in the water seeing sharks how they really are. They are so
different than the way we usually see them portrayed on TV (as mindless man
eaters.) Sadly, this big misconception has built up a disproportionate level of
fear and lack of understanding of true shark behavior which keeps a lot of
people from hearing the truth about 

sharks. The truth is sharks are a vital component
in the ecosystem. Sharks are now being killed, mostly for their fins, at
unsustainable rates & many species are headed towards extinction.  One of the best parts of my day is helping
educate people about sharks and then facilitating getting them in the water
with sharks, so they can personally see sharks eye to eye, so they can understand and
appreciate sharks from a first hand basis.”-Ocean

Ocean picked up underwater photography & videography as a way to share the beauty and reality of sharks and the underwater world in hopes to inspire a desire in others to help protect it.  She is the primary founder of Water Inspired Conservation Group & the designer for this “Female Freedivers for Shark
Conservation Project.” 

Facebook: Ocean Ramsey Water Inspired

Instagram: oceanicramsey

Twitter: oceanramsey

Email:waterinspired@yahoo.com attn: Ocean 

 

 

Michele Barnes-Mauthe, PhD (ABD)


Michele is an interdisciplinary social scientist who specializes in human behavior and human-environment interactions in marine systems. She is currently a PhD

candidate in the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaii, is working with the Socioeconomics and Planning Group at NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and serves as a science adviser for Water Inspired Conservation Group & One Ocean Diving. Michele has a personal passion for sharks, and has recently co-authored a study on the global economic value of shark ecotourism as an alternative to shark fishing
(see: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8956430),
and is currently working on a project analyzing social factors that contribute to shark by-catch in pelagic fisheries. Though she understands the value of
this work, she still prefers to spend her time in the water with sharks when she can. Learn more about Michele and her work here: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michele-barnes-mauthe/44/a64/53b.

Michele Barnes-Mauthe

Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Joint Institute for Marine andAtmospheric Research

Department of Natural Resources andEnvironmental Management

Universityof Hawaii at Manoa

Instagram: michele1127

(Interested in marine resource management? Check out our new publications on ethnic
diversity and social network structure in Hawaii's longline fishery here: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol18/iss1/art23/,
the global economic value of shark ecotourism here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8956430, and
the total economic value of small-scale fisheries and their contribution to sustainable livelihoods here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165783613001537)

 

 

Jacqueline Cadiente (former Cryan)


 Jacqueline grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for her first 10 years Jacqueline Cadiente swam competitively and was fortunate to frequently snorkel the Red Sea with her family.  It was in Saudi Arabia where her deep love and respect for the water and underwater life began. Later, moving with her family to the south of Spain for 7 years, her love for the water continued to grow as she was living on the Mediterranean. While in Spain she got involved with modeling for several agencies and still continues to model.  Jacqueline had a dream to experience the ‘American’ life, moved to Santa Cruz, California to live with her Uncle and Aunt where she continued her education.  Little did she know Santa Cruz was a Mecca for life on the water including many extreme sports – being quite the athlete she was in heaven. She decided she wanted to be in warm water and made a moved to Maui, Hawaii where she worked as crew on 2 different catamarans (Mahana Nai’a & Alii Nui). She was able to sail, free dive, learn and educate others about the Hawaiian waters - humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and other sea life.   A few years later she moved back to Santa Cruz, California further pursuing her employment on the boats, worked for Chardonnay Sailing Charters a SC70 sailboat and continued her involvement with learning about the Monterey Bay, the underwater life, and educating passengers aboard the Chardonnay.  It was at this time in her life where she began to race as crew on Elyxir a SC52 sailboat. While often coming aboard Pono kai with One Ocean Diving & Ocean Ramsey on Pelagic animal research dives Jacqueline has increased her deep love and interest of sharks. She continues to expand her understanding about the different shark species and their place in the ecological system. She is actively involved in shark conservation. Jacqueline’s goal is to help educate and inspire our youth about the beauty and respect of the ocean, sharks and all other life in the ocean.  Jacqueline is now living in Oahu Hawaii

working as a Stunt Woman (for the TV show Hawaii 5-0 and several features), married to Stunt Coordinator/Director Jeff Cadiente, Mommy to her 2 year old mermaid Jaycee and sailboat racing still continues to be her passion. She still continues to learn as much as possible about the Hawaiian waters and the life within.

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Ka`imi Ahu


 Ka’imi was born and raised on the island of Oahu.  An animal and ocean lover all her life, her interests include the arts, yoga, diving, surfing, ethnic/world fashion, travel, environmentalism and sustainability.  Her first dive with sharks was life changing and completely altered her perspective on the animals. She has fallen in love with these creatures, which has brought her love and respect for the ocean to new heights.  A fashion student at the University of Hawaii Manoa, she hopes to intertwine her passion

for protecting the earth and her love of expression through dress, by creating a sustainable line of clothing.  She will be moving to Los Angeles in May 2015 to pursue her dreams of a line of "harmless" clothing, while reuniting with her boyfriend whom is opening Backyard Bowls LA- an organic and sustainable acai bowl breakfast cafe. It is her life goal to contribute to a revolution of healing the world we live in, for all inhabitants human and animal.

kaimiahu@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/kaimiiiii

Instagram: @kaeeemina

 

 

Kayleigh Burns

When Kayleigh was a little girl, she watched The Little Mermaid on repeat. Needless to say it didn't come to a big surprise to her that as she grew up she would find herself
in Hawaii, working at a dive shop, with an extreme passion for being underwater. Kayleigh has been diving with sharks only a few times and can already say that the perception of sharks in the media could not be anything further from the truth.  As Kayleigh will now explain, “the truth is, that they are graceful, beautiful creatures with A TON of personality! These guys have character. Sharks deserve respect just like any other creature on earth, and shouldn't be penalized for being prehistoric perfection. The culling, finning, and overall senseless killing of innocent sharks needs to stop! They are a vital part of our waters and ecosystem and were here before us. Please support the movement against shark culling. It's their ocean. I'm happy to be an underwater cheerleader for sharks and hope others can be inspired to join the fight. Mahalo for helping save our sharks from an enthusiastic wannabe mermaid.”

Kayleigh Burns

SharpShooter Imaging

FB: Kayleigh Nicole Burns

Instagram: @healthyjunk

 

 

Natalie Parra


Natalie is an animal lover and free diver living in Oahu, joining the fight against the deterioration of the marine ecosystems. Like many others grew up mistakenly scared of sharks until she saw one in the wild and fell in love with them. Now she wants to try and change people's perspectives, like her's was, so everyone can see how misunderstood they are and work towards this being the last generation that sees sharks as something to be afraid of. Also a huge advocate of anti-captivity in regards to

cetaceans and spreading awareness of the truth behind the non-educational and unethical captivity industry.


Instagram: @nataliekparra

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natalie.parra.5


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FREEDIVERS FOR SHARK & MARINE CONSERVATION