Captain Chris Wade
Captain Chris Wade is a shark expert, marine explorer and ocean advocate. He had been working as a marine biologist in major public aquaria sector for thirteen years, when – finally – he had seen enough, was driven to action and decided to take a stand.
On his research vessel, R/V Sea Watch, Captain Chris and his EcoPirate crew voyaged to remote, protected places where illegal fishing methods were being employed – despite a prohibition on all fishing. They began to document these unlawful activities and build partnerships with organizations that fight these real world problems of poaching and illegal fishing.
Captain Chris’ grassroots effort gained momentum and, soon, grew into Shark Boat, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicate “pirate fishing” – otherwise known as “Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing” – poachers and shark finners.
Through many international partnerships, agreements and collaboration, Captain Chris and the Sea Watch crew are now able to fight illegal fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, while simultaneously effecting marine ecosystems research.
Captain Chris and his crew are currently en route on their next mission – a long-term project to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica. Given the island’s remote location, it has proved difficult for enforcement agencies to protect it; now, Captain Chris and his crew will be able to keep watch over this unique ecosystem, as well as collect data and document solid baselines.