BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS FUNDS
In an effort to make
future Predators in Peril expeditions as productive as possible,
PIP's primary sponsor has donated a baited drop camera
system designed to capture footage and still images of deepwater
sharks in their natural habitat. Once weighted, DS1 can be lowered
onto the substrate and left to record sharks and other marine life
that are attracted to the bait station (positioned in front of the
camera). Once activated, the system is capable of recording two
hours of HD footage.
The drop camera
system consists of the following components:
Go Pro Hero Black
Edition 3+ HD video camera capable of capturing 4K video and 12
megapixel still images.
anodized aluminum housing with acrylic ports rated to
Two LED video
lights rated to 1000ft/300m.
video light mounting bracket assemblies.
and marine grade polymer frame.
stainless tether engineered to withstand exploratory bites from
floats rated to maintain buoyancy at depths not exceeding
braided nylon line with a breaking strain of 1700lb.
stainless and polymer hand reel.
This primitive but
robust design is the first in a series of deepwater camera
systems that the PIP team hope to employ over the next few years.
When funding becomes available, work will commence on DEEPSHARKTWO;
a sophisticated thruster driven ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) that
can be deployed from the deck of any ocean going ship to search for
endangered sharks and rays at depths up to 3000ft/900m.
PREDATORS IN PERIL EXPEDITION TO NORTHERN BAJA ANNOUNCED FOR 2014
In May 2014, the
Predators in Peril team will mount an expedition to the northern Sea
of Cortez to document the work of artisanal shark fishermen in that
region. There are a number of endemic species of sharks that have
not yet been photographed from that region including the sicklefin
smoothhound shark (Mustelus lunulatus) and the whitemargin
The team will make two stops in California
while on route to Baja:
The first stop will be in Monterey to
attempt to photograph the prickly sharks (Echinorhinus cookei)
that inhabit Monterey Canyon. Although not directly targeted, the
prickly shark (considered 'near threatened' by the IUCN) is a rare
deepwater species that is taken as bycatch by line fisheries and
The second stop will be in San Diego to
work with sport fishermen that target thresher sharks. Common
threshers head inshore to feed in the early summer off the coast of
Southern California. By working with catch and release shark taggers,
the team hopes to document this iconic species that is listed as
'vulnerable' throughout its circum-temperate and tropical range.
Follow this link for more info:
2014 Northern Baja Artisanal
Shark Fishery Expedition
FREE SHARK PICTURES FOR CONSERVATION
The main focus of the
Predators in Peril Project is to provide images for other
conservation initiatives. Successful conservation projects require
direction, funding, support and images. PIP was specifically created
to provide the images that other conservation groups need in order
to illustrate their causes.
following images of dead sharks, sharks in distress, shark finning
and pictures of other dead or distressed predators that need
protecting are available COMPLETELY FREE for NGOs, Non profits and
anyone else that can put them to good use. Find out more:
FREE SHARK PICTURES
NOAH G POP DEDICATES 20% OF IMAGE SALES TO THE PREDATORS IN PERIL
If you would like to
own a limited edition print by celebrated artist Noah G Pop, this is
your chance to purchase some amazing art and support PIP in the
process. Noah has agreed to donate 20% of image sales from his
latest limited edition white shark print to the Predators in Peril
Project. Please follow this link for more info. IMPORTANT! Remember
to enter the code 'PIP' to help Predators in Peril!
IN PERIL FOUNDER ANDY MURCH WINS FIRST PRIZE IN OCEANS IN FOCUS
Marine Photo Bank Grand
Prize Winner Andy Murch wins a trip to the Galapagos for his
compelling essay on the wasteful practice of Gillnet Fishing:
PREDATORS IN PERIL IMAGE SELECTED FOR
OCEANS IN FOCUS CONTEST FINAL ROUND
This provocative image of a
California Bat Ray ensnared in a gillnet off the coast of Baja,
Mexico, has been selected for the final round of judging in the SeaWeb Oceans In Focus Fifth Annual Conservation Photography
Contest. "Images contributed from around the world tell stories
of peril, passion and perseverance. The finalists are invited to
share the stories behind the images they have captured to bring us
all behind the lens and, in some cases, under the surface of the
sea. The six finalists will now compete in the grand prize photo
essay competition, which will determine the lucky winner of a trip
for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour for a 10-day
expedition to the Galápagos Islands courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions".
OCEANS IN FOCUS CONTEST WINNERS
If the winning image (taken
by Predators in Peril Photographer Andy Murch) is selected as the
grand prize winner, as well as having the opportunity to document
the wonders of the Galapagos, Andy will have a great opportunity to
explore the fishing camps around Manta and other areas along the
policing of the Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuadorian fishermen continue
to fish for many depleted sharks (both inshore species and pelagic
species). Images and video from the fishing camps would be
valuable tools in exposing the truth about the fishing taking place
in this region.
AQUALUNG SPONSORS PREDATORS IN PERIL
In a generous gesture towards shark conservation, Aqualung has
agreed to become the primary scuba equipment sponsor of Predators in Peril's founder Andy Murch.
has equipped Andy
with a comprehensive range of light weight equipment
specifically designed to minimize baggage overages on international
expeditions without compromising performance.
PIP is extremely grateful of Aqualung's
commitment to conservation.
diving Aqualung's new range of ultra lightweight equipment which includes
Aqualungs Zuma BCD, Hotshot fins, Teknika mask, Aquaflex wetsuit and Apeks Flight Regulator, Andy was extremely
impressed with the quality, functionality and portability of each
component. Aqualung's technology will make a big difference to the
success of future Predators in Peril Expeditions.
This welcome sponsorship follows in the footsteps of Aqualung's partner
company Whites Manufacturing which has been sponsoring Andy's
mission for almost a decade.
A film about the expedition to document the
unacceptable number of sharks and rays being caught in Mexican gill
PIP Releases 'BYCATCH' A
short film about the Expedition to Baja led by PIP Founder Andy
Murch to document the shark and ray bycatch in the Mexican gillnet
EXPEDITION RETURNS WITH UNIQUE FOOTAGE AND IMAGES OF SHARKS IN GILL
PIP Expedition to
Pacific Baja has returned with images and footage of many shark and
ray species drowning in gill nets.
PIP Photographer Andy Murch
traveled out to sea with gill-netters and shark long-liners and
returned with provocative images of soupfin, brown smoothhound,
swell sharks and countless bat rays and banded guitarfishes that
were killed after becoming irreparably entangled in nets intended
for California Halibut. More than fifty tangled rays were recorded
struggling in one net alone.
After negotiating a price with
the fishermen, Andy was able to release many of the most viable rays
that would have been brought ashore. None of the sharks were landed
The sharks and rays are
unintentional bycatch that fetch such little value in local markets
that they are not lucrative enough to pay for gasoline for the gill
fishermen's small boats. One day at sea with the gill netters
revealed that there is an extremely disproportionate amount of
sharks and rays being caught as bycatch compared to targeted
species. Only one California halibut was landed during one day at
The most common shark landed
was the soupfin shark Galeorhinus galeus. Soupfins are listed
as globally vulnerable by the IUCN after intense fishing pressure
drove this once abundant shark into a depleted state.
Andy also accompanied
long-liners targeting pelagic sharks. Two blue sharks were recovered
during an entire day of long-lining. One of the sharks was killed by
the fishermen but Andy was able to purchase the other (a 1.2m male)
for the paltry sum of $4.00. Shark meat only fetches around $0.50
per kg in local markets so the business of catching sharks hinges on
the lucrative exportation of shark fins. Removing the demand for
fins and imposing restrictions on the international trade in fins
will be instrumental in shutting down the shark fishing industry in
the eastern Pacific.
Andy is in the process of editing a compelling
documentary about the Baja expedition.