13 spots pegged for World Ocean Day paddle out

2014-05-26 14:00
Cape Town -   World Oceans Day is an international event used by people around the planet to celebrate and honor the world’s oceans.  This year it is taking place on 8th of June.
The Paddle out for Sharks, established in 2012 as a community platform, uses the day to draw attention to the plight of sharks and other marine life caught in the KwaZulu-Natal shark nets.

This year to mark the occasion, commemorative paddle-outs will be held across 13 different locations.

"Our message is a collective stance for the better management of shark nets, and improved legislation for the protection of sharks. We want to change the way that people think about sharks, and challenge the discourses around sharks. Fundamental to our movement, is our connection with the ocean - this is why we Paddle Out. Thus it is fitting that we come together on each World Oceans Day," said Olivia Jones, Paddle out for Sharks spokesperson.
The first Paddle Out, held in May 2012, saw over 100 people gathered on dive boats, jet skis and surfboards at the shark nets off Scottburgh.

The community then engaged the KZN Sharks Board and the UmDoni Municipality to collectively work on solutions to better management of the shark nets which resulted in the nets being lifted at Rocky Bay in KZN.
On 8th June 2013 more than 130 conservationists, divers, surfers, scientists, anglers and paddlers celebrated World Oceans Day 2013 by paddling out to the shark nets at Scottburgh to highlight the lack of management of sharks as a species and resource in South Africa.

This year you can join them at the following locations set to host a Paddle out for Sharks
- Umkomaas/Scottburgh (meet at launch sites in Umkomaas at 7:30, and aim to be at the nets at Scottburgh at 8am. Dive operations involved: Agulhas House, Aliwal Shoal Adventures, Scuba Xcursions, Diving in Africa, Umkomaas Lodge, The Shoal, Blue Wildnerness)

- Shelley Beach

- Port Alfred

- Port St Johns

- Port Elizabeth

- Mossel Bay

- Hermanus

- Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique 

- Cape Town 

- Durban

- Knysna

- Australia

- The Seychelles  
Visit the Paddle out for Sharks Facebook page for more info for the other locations or follow them on twitter @PaddleOut4Shark.

Image credit: Dori Moreno Photography

Image credit: Dori Moreno Photography

Image credit: Dori Moreno Photography

Image credit: Anthony Grote

Image credit: Anthony Grote

Image credit: Anthony Grote

Image credit: Allen Walker

Image credit: Allen Walker

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