Jörgen Raymann: “Shark conservation affects us all”
The annual Dutch Caribbean Shark Week took this year place from 9-17 June on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten and in the Netherlands. An abundance of well-attended activities highlighted the importance of sharks for our oceans, and the threats they face.
DCNA ambassador Jörgen Raymann and DCNA secretary Ron van der Veer visited Aruba, Saba and Curaçao to speak to managers, politicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs, fishermen, scuba divers and teachers about how sharks are not to be feared, but instead should be viewed as a valuable asset.
Sharks maintain a healthy balance in marine ecosystems by eating sick and weak fish, which is why they are important to fishermen. Dive tourists are generally willing to pay for an underwater shark encounter, and prefer to visit islands and dive sites with sharks present.
Caribbean customs workers and the coastguard were engaged in conversation about illegal fishery. Globally, the legislation to protect endangered shark species is improving, but proper control and enforcement are vital for the laws to work.
Jörgen Raymann conveyed the message clearly on Saba: “Shark conservation is important to maintain healthy oceans, and this affects us all!”
The Dutch Caribbean Shark Week is part of the Save Our Sharks project, which is carried out by Parke Nacional Arikok Aruba, Carmabi Curaçao, Stinapa Bonaire, Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, Stenapa St. Eustatius and the Saba Conservation Foundation. The project is coordinated by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), of which Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlandsis patron. The project was made possible with financial support from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.