Our ocean is dying, from pollution, overfishing, from mankind. But more specifically we are killing the ocean’s apex predators, Sharks. By conservative estimates, 100 million sharks are killed a year, often just for their fins. One third of all shark species are facing extinction. While a problem so impersonal and out of sight to most humans, it’s hard to hold our focus on sharks, but the gravity of their existence can not be ignored much longer. Sharks are a keystone species, meaning without them, we could be facing the collapse of the global ecosystem. Finning is a behemoth of an issue, one that likely can’t be surmounted in time, but in the meantime there is a solution that could keep the world afloat; marine sanctuaries. We’re traveling to Cuba to see the impact true marine sanctuaries can have.As a nation of previous, relative economic isolation, Cuba remains a safe haven for sharks and they’re fighting to keep it that way. We’ll see first hand their push for conservation against the looming cuts to organizations around the world like the NOAA. This is a story that needs to be told now because as long as sharks are an endangered species, we are too.
Conservation through ecotourism has shown to be a successful method of educating the general public on sharks and nobody does it better than the Shark Addicts.
While working on a different documentary in Cuba, my eyes were open to the pristine marine ecosystem that they have maintained there. I plan to make my way back there soon in order to document it.
Kicking things off right, by interviewing Chris Fischer and his crew from OCEARCH.