Six weeks ago, the SharkBoat team began its journey down to the marine protected area surrounding Costa Rica’s Cocos Island. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means fishing in its waters is strictly prohibited – not that it’s stopped pirate fishermen from plying their trade behind the government’s back.
SharkBoat’s current mission is two-fold: Protecting and patrolling Cocos from pirates and zombies (more on that in a moment), and conducting research on the region. AND WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Commercial fisheries are projected to collapse by 2048, making the protection of our resources critical for future generations. A full 30 percent of the world relies on the ocean for its protein; if the fisheries collapse, what will happen to them?
We’re out to document and, when possible, stop pirate fishermen from practicing illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. These pirates and profiteers are often willfully breaking the law because there is no one out there to stop them, using such illegal fishing methods as dynamiting – which kills fish, dolphins, turtles and everything in the surrounding water.
We’re also on the lookout for zombie fishing – unpermitted vessels that fly false flags and leech off other countries already-dwindling fisheries.
How You Can Help
We have invested a huge amount of our resources and assets into this mission and, aided in part by generous donations, we have been able to get into Costa Rican waters. But our job has just begun. There is a lot of overhead involved in operating an ocean vessel while maintaining a film crew 24/7. The most important part of this mission is arguably sharing what’s happening down here with the world, making it absolutely necessary to catch violators on camera.
All donations we receive will go directly towards fuel, maintenance, repairs, port fees, permits, food, supplies, post production and equipment. Everyone aboard the Sea Watch is a volunteer and will not be receiving pay or compensation for this campaign.
We have set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise $15,000 for this first mission. Those who donate will receive amazing rewards – so click on that link to find out more!