The Call of the Shark: Stage II

A project to develop a sustainable shark diving operation in alongside fishermen in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California in an effort to replace shark fishing and protect sharks in this area.

This project is the continuation of the project Call of the  Shark: Stage I


OBJECTIVES

2015-2017

  • Promote, sell and execute +10 expeditions to Magbay from march through november 2016

  • Take over +70 tourists to interact with open ocean marine life in the 2016 season

  • Work with more than 6 local families to execute shark dives and the local community

  • Train +2 local shark diving guides & +4 boat captains

  • Work alongside local and state authorities to develop the rules and best practices for shark diving in the area

  • Collect $185,000 pesos in donations to fund basic infrastructure needs, safety equipment, training, economic & scientific studies and marketing, to ensure the sustainability of shark diving in the area

LOCATION

Puerto San Carlos, Baja California


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DONATIONS

BUDGET FOR OUR PROJECT

Safety & Emergency: $37,597.40

Equipment & Infrastructure: $212,402.6

Economic Study: $96,000

Scientific Study: $96,000

TOTAL: $442,000 MXN / $24,170 USD

 


DONATIONS

thus far...

Gerardo Perez, Pelagic Life


RESULTS

thus far...

FEBRUARY 2016

Safety Equipment, Buoys &  Gear

In February, Pelagic Life decided to invest $150,000 pesos in Call of the Shark II. These resources came from various donations and sales from the Mexico Pelagico documentary film. For the 2016 Open Ocean Safaris season have additional security equipment that include a satellite telephone and first aid emergency kits for ocean activities. Additionally we now have a complete stock of wetsuits, fins and masks to avoid our clients to have to rent their equipment before the expedition.  Finally, we have set up four buoys that will potentially attract pelagic species like dorado, wahoo, turtles and sharks to these locations thus increasing the chances of encounter.


MARCH - DECEMBER 2015

Season 1: Open Ocean Safari

During our first season, we took 48 tourists Magdalena Bay in Puerto San Carlos BCS  on 7 expeditions which are calling Open Ocean Safaris. See all the trip reports here. Between March and November 2015 we generated $470,761.87 of economic benefits to the local community.  These expeditions we involved 4 families in Puerto San Carlos that have been local operators.