Petition to stop tagging of Cape Town sharks

2012-04-05 09:25

Cape Town - A group of people is petitioning to stop a US-documentary maker from tagging and tampering with great white sharks in False Bay, Cape Town, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Times reported that the petitioners said tagging was not only damaging to sharks, but produced poor data.

In the petition, which was started in California, they said research should not be conducted for the sake of Chris Fischer's television show.

They called on the environmental affairs department to cancel a permit allowing access to False Bay.
Fischer was funding local shark research to the tune of R15.6m.

Last month, he tagged great whites in Mossel Bay using a special vessel which lifted and submerged the creatures with a platform. He planned to do the same in False Bay later this month.

The project was backed by 30 local scientists and 16 universities and research institutions, which said the data gathered was invaluable in protecting the species.

Fischer told the newspaper South Africans did not know where their sharks went.

"If we don't help local scientists, it won't be long before they disappear to the shark fin mafia."

  • Peter - 2012-04-05 09:38

    Get out of SA Fischer -- all you want is more publicity for your Discovery Channel series! We have our own knowledge base on these animals, and it is more complete than yours. We are the first to alert YOU, Fischer,to the breechng behaviour found only around Seal Island -- then YOU took credit for it? GET OUT.

      John - 2012-04-05 10:15

      We in fact have very little knowledge of all shark species and their migratory patterns. Any further research should be welcomed, and he has the backing of science and research who understand more than you do of the need for further research. The reputation of the Great White has been so tarnished that any research which helps rectify this is welcome. It would be interesting to know more about the background and motivation behind this group in California.

  • Jan - 2012-04-05 09:54

    If it is their time to move on, then it is their time to move on. Like one day it will be our time to move on... Live with it!

  • mike.clery - 2012-04-05 10:46

    Are people running out of "causes" or what?

  • Gershwin - 2012-04-05 10:50

    ok so why cant they tag the sharks, is it not better for us to know where the sharks are so that people dont go out and swim?

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-04-05 10:52

    they are worried abt fish and animals whilst black kids r dying of hunger and lack of education in the townships...he should rather make a documentary abt how apartheid has disadvantaged blacks and how this can be rectified not this nonsense abt sharks. Lets see then how many universities actually care abt black ppl

      Templar - 2012-04-05 11:21

      Shame Kagiso, another chapter in the never ending novel about the long suffering. Why don’t YOU get up and do something about these “black kids” you refer to. What about the rest of the kids, or do you only want to feed "black kids"? The West are forever chastised for being “Imperialist’s” and “Capitalists”, yet whenever money is mentioned, out comes the begging bowl faster than you can say “lazy, good for nothing vagrant”.

      James - 2012-04-05 12:09

      You're right Kagiso, but the documentary should be about how black people keep doubling their population every 20 years and make it the white man's fault. Every 20 year old girl has a kid which she can't look after, why is that my or apartheid's fault?

      catgirl1971 - 2012-04-05 12:40

      The world is over-populated enough as it is by people! Time 2 cut down on the population explosion of human beings who are over-exploiting this planet, raping

      Kala - 2012-04-05 16:39

      Kagiso - The ANC Government doesn't care about poor hungry black people, why should anybody else.

      Marty - 2012-04-05 17:45

      Interesting how you managed to make this a racial issue. Its time to stop playing the race card, and get on with building a unified nation. If there are black kids dying in townships, its not because of the whites. Have a look at these facts, then please have something educated to say. Besides I remember when you guys burnt down schools and universities. This applies to Zimbabwe as well as most African countries LONDON TIMES - QUOTE OF THE WEEK? " South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others." Let me ask you what your contribution to South Africa has been for your black nation. My father is not a rich man, but his own hands and money built a hostel for kids with AIDS to be treated & living quarters for the parents to visit the kids they cant support. These kids would be suffering in the street without him, a white man. So take your reverse racism and reverse apartheid, and try to put some positive energy into South Africa, instead of just taking because you think we owe it to you. As for the sharks, they provide an eco tourism that helps support our country. You probably dont care about the rhinos either.

  • Jack - 2012-04-05 10:53

    What a lot of drivel - let the man get on with his work - it's not as though he's killing them for their fins!!!

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-04-05 10:55

    Blah blah blah get over it. If you wanna make a scene about this then you should make a scene about people messing up the ozone, make a scene about people clubbing seals to death, you should make a scene about the victims of hurricanes and tsunamis.. This is just another cry for attention.

  • rob.munro - 2012-04-05 11:25

    I think research and "Commercial TV" sold as research are two completely different things. However, funding for vital research is hard to come by, so it is a difficult situation. We should cease ALL commercial / tourism activities involving sharks - ie. the people who Cage Dive for kicks and then address the research situation. The Southern Australian Gov't recently completed a study that showed the changing of feeding patterns in the GW's in their waters due to chumming by Cage Diving operators. Let's stop the people who feed and chum for kicks within eyesight of our swimming beaches!

      John - 2012-04-05 14:32

      Do you have a reference relating to this so called "research"? I am no fan of cage diving, but there has been conclusive research to support this.

      Simon - 2012-04-13 16:33

      Rob, another one who hasn't got the facts or has skewed them for whatever purpose......have you actually looked into the project? Do you know how far 2km is from shore and what little effect it will have on the beaches? Do you even know how well respected Dr Micheal Domeier is in the field of GW research? He is the actual scientist involved in this research and his pedigree is beyond reproach. Look him, and his work, up and then make an educated decsion why you want to stop this valuable reseach!!

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-04-05 12:03

    @Kagiso Tlhkung . Maybe all the 'black' kids should be tagged, so a documentary about their migratory patterns can be made. No wait, we know the pattern already, the migrate to the Western Cape. Seriously though, Kagiso, your comment is rather puerile and churlish. And as for the petitioners..exactly the same behaviour.

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-05 12:58

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  • alexander.lombard - 2012-04-05 13:16

    I hope they do not lead the poachers to the sharks. If we know where they go then not too long will the poachers also know.

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-04-05 13:34

    @Neil.Kal.. here is a new cause.. instead of 'clubbing the seal', i suggest 'clubbing the neil'!!!!!

  • Azande - 2012-04-05 16:25

    OK. Now the government should stop focusing on the pressing issues in our country and waste his valuable time on stupid sharks. This is craziness. Tag them all you like, I hv no shark friend or relative.

  • kseyffert - 2012-04-06 09:00

    Man! who cares who pays for the research? If they want to make a documentary to make money, fine! as long as the research is done properly and the money they invest used efficiently in valid research so what! I honestly see no value in us (South Africans) even entertaining the interference of some busybodies from the States who don't even have to swim with the things!!!

  • Virginia - 2012-04-10 21:35

    Me too - ready to sign right now!

  • Amanda - 2012-04-19 21:08

    I want to sign the petition too. Peter is 100% correct. Fisher knows that the only place in the world where Great White Breach is False Bay. It is a documented fact. Get Fisher out of our waters now and never let him return. Leave our Great Whites alone.

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