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Esther Jacobs is a shark conservationist, originally from Scotland, now living in South Africa working with sharks and other marine life. Esther works with Oceans Research (www.oceans-research.com), a marine research facility in Mossel Bay, South Africa and runs a shark conservation campaign called Keep Fin Alive (www.keepfinalive.com), which features a hand puppet shark called Fin, who is on a mission to be photographed with as many people as possible holding a sign that says “I hugged a shark and I liked it… Keep Fin Alive”. Fin has already been photographed with lots of celebrities and scientists. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to take a light-hearted approach to help change the common misconception of sharks and drive more attention to the problems of shark overfishing, finning, shark fishing tournaments, bycatch and longlining.

1 Comment

  1. Very interesting interview. Obviously Enrico is very passionate about his work, and it shows! He is absolutely right about the lack of information about these animals, and it is true no one knows exact numbers, either in South Africa or in Australia. I think many more people will need to be involved in such research, such as fishermen (both commercial and amateur) and also the general public. I believe that satellite tagging should also be given out to commercial fishermen and fishermen in general, as their interaction with such animals would possibly be higher than what researchers or the general public will have. I am not a fisherman, however I have had plenty of contacts with them, and I have acquired some fantastic data from them.
    Thank you Enrico, for such a great interview. Complimenti!
    Kind Regards
    Simon De Marchi
    Sydney, Australia

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