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 BYCATCH: the portion of a commercial fishing catch that consists of marine animals caught unintentionally.

A short film about the Expedition to Baja led by PIP Founder Andy Murch to document the unacceptable number of sharks and rays being taken as bycatch in the Mexican gillnet fishery.

 

DEEPSHARKONE CAPTURES FOOTAGE OF MULTIPLE DEEPWATER SHARK SPECIES

Over the last year, DeepSharkOne has captured footage of multiple shark species including two species from South Africa that have not been filmed before.

After some initial deepwater trials in Baja, we were able to install the deep cam on reefs in the Bahamas and in South Africa. The footage from those locations is included below:

 

SOUTH BIMINI ISLAND

On both our deep drops around South Bimini Island we had Tiger Sharks show up to take the bait. The Bimini Shark Lab conducts long-lining deep surveys in order to assess the composition and abundance of sharks in deepwater surround the island. By sharing this footage with them, we hope to demonstrate a less invasive and less destructive method of monitoring depths far beyond scuba limits.

 

First deep drop to 600ft/200m

 

 

Second deep drop to 800ft/270m

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

In South Africa we were able to capture footage of two rarely seen sharks. As far as we know, this is the first video footage of these animals:

 

In relatively shallow water in False Bay, we were able to attract a number of Tiger Catsharks. Although relatively common in the area, they are virtually never seen by scuba divers.

 

 

In East London in 300ft of water, the deep cam was visited by a pair of shortnose dogfish sharks. Although never seen because of its prefernce for deepwater, this species is relatively abundant in South Africa but it comes under similar fishing pressure to the critically endangered Spiny Dogfish that is present in Europe.

 

 

Unfortunately, after many drops in the Bahamas, Mexico, South Africa and Sri Lanka, DeepSharkOne was lost at sea. After returning to the last coordinates where it had been deployed we were unable to locate the camera's surface marker buoy. Likely it was recovered by a fisherman in our absence but it is possible that the line was cut by a boat or possibly a shark.

Construction on DeepSharkTwo will begin shortly.