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Shark Filming Expedition featuring Madison Stewart
January 12, 2013 — February 15, 2013
"Sharks are a girls best friend" - so says Madison. Since the age of 11, Madi has grown up diving the Great Barrier Reef. It's here she fell in love with sharks. Madi dives with reef sharks, silver tips, hammerheads - you name it. She does it all with no cage, in open waters with her video camera in hand. At 14 Madi quit school dedicating her life full-time to documenting illegal shark fisheries. She's since been half way around the world under the sea committed to exposing the injustices brought to her sharp toothed friends.
Osprey Reef is the most iconic and ecologically significant area in the Coral Sea. The reef's remoteness means that it is largely free from damaging human activities and it remains one of the last storngholds for healthy sharks in Australia. This has important implications not only for the sharks but also in providing scientists and managers with important baseline data for near-pristine ecosystems (if they don't know how a healthy reef looks and works then how can they create them in the future?).
Osprey Reef is currently at the centre of a hot environmental debate as it was initially included in the Federal Government's Marine National Park plan but has since received only partial protection (and this reduction has occurred at the most significant wildlife sites - such as those visited during this expedition). If the current policies remain in place then the sharks that Madi dived with in January are at high risk of being fished out in the near future.
For more on the Save The Coral Sea Campaign go to : http://www.protectourcoralsea.org.au/reefs-of-the-coral-sea/the-osprey-group-of-reefsRead more.
|Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopus||1 species|
|Bony Fish||2 species|
|Red Bass (Lutjanus bohar)||1|
|Potato Cod (Epinephelus tukula)||1|
|Sharks and Rays||4 species|
|Blunthead Shark (Triaenodon obesus)||1|
|Silvertip Shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)||1|
|Black-tip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)||1|
|Grey Reef Shark, Graceful Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides)||1|