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Capture of 748-pound mako shark off Florida stirring up controversy

on Wednesday, 07 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

This article is By Pete Thomas

Florida anglers are being sharply criticized after apparently free-gaffing a 748-pound mako shark while fishing this week off South Florida.

The accompanying video, which is making the rounds on the Internet, shows the fishermen trying to gaff the free-swimming shark, which had become interested in a swordfish they had alongside their vessel. They succeeded in catching the predator and the footage ended up on a Florida TV station website.

A comment on YouTube from someone called Zencaster read: "I have been big-game fishing for 25 years and this is the most amateur kill I have ever seen. No wonder they have never seen anything like this before. They gaffed a green mako feeding on roadkill and were lucky they weren’t pulled in or worse, get their boat torn up after pulling him aboard.... What a disgrace, the fish deserved better."

Making note that no rods or reels appear to have been used in the capture of the mako, at least one shark conservation website claimed the anglers were in violation of state and federal law and implied it would follow through with authorities.

Luke Tipple, a marine biologist and director of the Shark-Free Marina Initiative, posted regulations that appear to have been violated.

"I’d hazard that I’m not the first to pick up on these fine points of the law but if the video does indeed tell the full tale then these laws need to be enforced," Tipple wrote. "If however the fishermen can provide video evidence of them using PRIMARY tackle (i.e. hook and line) to initialize the capture then they would be within their rights to have landed the shark.

"If this turns out to be the case then I will instead turn this report into a cautionary tale of how the media should be more responsible in reporting on shark harvests, particularly when dealing with species considered by some to be globally threatened."

The mako is listed as a "threatened" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

-- Pete Thomas

EDITORS NOTE

Thanks for picking this up Pete, I have been promised more news of an official investigation into the matter shortly - Luke

If you'd like to read more about this issue here is the original SFMI article with references to code violations

Fiji registers it's 20th Business as Shark-Free... make that 21!

on Wednesday, 07 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

21 of Fijis Marinas and Business' are now Shark-Free!This post is from DaShark over at the excellent Fiji Sharkdiving Blog, a significant contributor to the Shark-Free Marina Initiative's success in Fiji. They have a right to be proud!

Check out the list of Shark-Free Marinas!

Yes, that's twenty Fijian operators that have made a commitment for Shark conservation by pledging not to allow any dead Sharks to be landed at their dock. And I just hear that one more has agreed to sign up - and counting! Is that cool - or what! (Yes it is, and they did sign up... .ed)

This is foremost the direct personal success of Stuart and Matava who have taken the initiative, done most of the leg work and tirelessly promoted the concept.

But this is also a testimony to how much Fiji cares about Nature in general and Sharks in particular.

This is a country that thanks to a visionary network of locally managed MPAs, is well on its way to protecting 30% of its reefs and that has declared all of its waters to be a Whale Sanctuary - and may hopefully once do the same for Sharks.

This is the country that has embraced the International Year of the Shark, with the who's who of conservation, diving and tourism signing up to its local initiative, the Fiji Shark Conservation and Awareness Project. This where local television and the main media support Sharks and where a locally produced pro-Shark PSA has been a roaring success among the indigenous population, many of which revere Sharks as Gods and Guardian Spirits.

And finally, our thanks need to go to Patric and Luke who have come up with this brilliant initiative and have invested their time, energy and money into what is a fabulous example of smart and inclusive conservation!

Stuart tells me that thanks to a generous grant by PADI Project Aware, the signage is being printed and that it will be distributed within the next two weeks.

A big Vinaka Vakalevu to everyone involved!
I'm sure that Dakuwaqa is smiling!

Mako shark update - Fishing laws broken or reporting gone awry?

on Tuesday, 06 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

It's not usually our style to let others speak for us but in this case I think a YouTube user said it the best:

I have been big game fishing for 25 years and this is the most amateur kill i have ever seen. No wonder they have never seen anything like this before. They gaffed a green mako feeding on roadkill and were lucky they weren't pulled in or worse, get their boat torn up after pulling him aboard. Drunken morons with no skills that are lucky that Mako didn't tear them a new ass. What a disgrace, the fish deserved better. - YouTube user Zencaster

While that is an interesting (and colorful) opinion I'd like to point out that the real issue here is that the law may have been broken and, if so,  an example must be made. First, watch the video in which no rods, tackle or fishing lines are shown being used in the sharks capture.

IMPORTANT LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS

Video time 1:10 (Reporters Voice): the crew wounds the shark with a gaff...

Here is the case to be made against the fisherman's actions which appear to have been at least initialized by an illegal fishing method, free-gaffing or using a pole with a hook to capture the animal in such a way that it led to the animals harvest.

Case 1: How they would have broken the law in State Waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission manages their State waters (shore to 3 miles out) while being coordinated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) through an Interstate Fishery Management Plan. While the plan has undergone a series of recent revisions the current regulations clearly define that a shark may not be speared.

Current regulations define the term SPEARING as:

The catching or taking of a fish by bow hunting, gigging, spearfishing, or by any device used to capture a fish by piercing the body (gaff hooks .ed). Spearing does not include the catching or taking of a fish by a hook with hook and line gear, or by snagging (snatch hooking).

They further go on to clearly state:

Regulation #68B-44.003: Bag Limit Applicable to State Waters, Gear Restriction.
(2) The harvest or attempted harvest of any shark in or from state waters by spearing is prohibited.

Thus in State controlled waters the fishermen would have broken the law by 'free-gaffing' the shark, ie they did not use a permitted method of capture, therefore they broke the law. Check out the regulations for yourself here: MyFWC.com or download the PDF version here: Current shark regulations (Note, even though there are currently amendments being discussed to these laws they only serve to strengthen the current regulations and do not in any case permit free gaffing sharks)

However: The video clearly starts with the disclaimer that they were 18 miles offshore which puts them in Federal jurisdiction.

Case 2: How they may have broken the law in Federal waters

Federal waters are controlled by NOAA who run the Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species and have published the Guide for Complying with the Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish, Sharks, and Billfish Regulations (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Within this guide is given the strict instructions (click here for the most up to date digital version):

No person may fish for, catch, possess, or retain any Atlantic HMS (Highly Migratory Species .ed) with gears other than the primary gears specifically authorized in this part. Consistent with paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section, secondary gears may be used at boat side to aid and assist in subduing, or bringing on board a vessel, Atlantic HMS that have first been caught or captured using primary gears. For purposes of this part, secondary gears include, but are not limited to, dart harpoons, gaffs, flying gaffs, tail ropes, etc. Secondary gears may not be used to capture, or attempt to capture, free-swimming or undersized HMS. Except as specified in this paragraph (b), a vessel using or having onboard in the Atlantic Ocean any unauthorized gear may not possess an Atlantic HMS on board.

Let's make sure you caught that:

Secondary gears (gaffs) may not be used to capture, or attempt to capture, free-swimming or undersized HMS

By capturing a free swimming shark without the use of primary gear both State and Federal laws have been broken.

Action

It is clear that these fishermen may have broken the law. The video appears clear and the reporter states that the capture was very likely initialized by an illegal fishing method. If this turns out to be an illegal kill the fishermen should know that NOAA documents clearly state: Since fishery rules frequently change, it is your responsibility as a fisherman to become familiar with the latest regulatory updates and to comply with the current official regulations.

SFMI will be writing to the following people asking for clarification of this matter and urge you to do the same:

JustNews.com (the agency that made the report)
Phone: 954-364-2500
Email:  Click Here

NOAA's Highly Migratory Species Management Division at:
Phone: (301) 713-2347
Fax: (301) 713-1917
Email:  Craig Cockrell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Peter Cooper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

From SFMI

I'd hazard that I'm not the first to pick up on these fine points of the law but if the video does indeed tell the full tale then these laws need to be enforced. If however the fishermen can provide video evidence of them using PRIMARY tackle (ie hook and line) to initialize the capture then they would be within their rights to have landed the shark. If this turns out to be the case then I will instead turn this report into a cautionary tale of how the media should be more responsible in reporting on shark harvests, particularly when dealing with species considered by some to be globally threatened.

**UPDATE** Thanks to one of our readers for supplying a link to the latest IUCN report which reclassified the Mako shark (short and longfin) as Threatened - at risk of Extinction. Read the report here

If you'd like to comment you can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cheers,
Luke Tipple
Director of Shark-Free Marinas

Regional Ambassadors Growing... now what?

on Tuesday, 06 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

In this weekly Regional Ambassador update we would like to address a question sent via our Facebook fan site:

From RA Mark:

So I signed up as a fan on your Facebook site and registered as a Regional Ambassador on your website. I was expecting to receive brochures in the mail and I'm not sure what I should do now?

Thanks for your email Mark, here's an action plan for all the new Shark-free Marina Regional Ambassadors:

  1. Visit the Ambassador Support Tools section of our website
  2. Download the Letter of Invitation we've provided. Feel free to compose your own cover letter to let your voice be heard.
  3. Post it to your nearby marinas and request a response.
  4. Better yet, go and visit the Marina Manager (minors should ask an adult to accompany them)
  5. Inform the manager of your desire to sign them up as a Shark-Free Marina, use the information on our site as reasons why it is such an important issue. Make sure to tell them that it is completely free.
  6. Let us know how you go, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us through Facebook.

If you are successful make sure you email us to let us know!

In this time of technology we are able to communicate with amazing efficiency and conservation issues have never been more accessible. However there are those who will sit at their computers and send links all day, complaining about the world and it's problems, and there are those like Kate, Jillian and Duncan that will take action, get away from their computer and walk down the road to their nearest marina and contribute to one of the most important conservation efforts of our time, saving the oceans sharks.

SFMI has provided you with the tools, now it's time to put them to use.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or requests for support.

750-pound Mako shark caught (video)

on Tuesday, 06 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

In the most recent addition of mature shark trophy hunting fishermen off the coast of Fort Lauderdale have caught a 750-pound shark and dragged it to a marina. We are not sure yet which marina received the catch but SFMI would sure like to know, does it look familiar to anyone?

While the Mako shark is not considered by the IUCN as an endangered species it is listed as Lower Risk/Near Threatened which is a category largely reserved for reasonably well managed fisheries with potential for overfishing damage.  Science would argue that to catch this species at moderate levels is sustainable but it is pretty difficult to reason that animals of this size (breeding age) are abundant, which leads to SFMI's reasonable suggestion that this animal would have been better left in the ocean.

If anyone has information as to where the marina is in Florida please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post the answer on our Facebook wall.

Police cite man who caught Great White Shark (follow up)

on Monday, 05 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

This article is a follow up to this post

A Warren man who pulled up a 12-foot-long Great White Shark with his crab pot last August has been cited for unlawful possession.

Jason W. Robinson, 32, was issued a non-criminal citation by Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife division for the Aug. 8 incident at Depoe Bay, according to a police news release. He is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Oct. 8.

A trooper on duty had heard about the shark catch that day and contacted the boat's occupants. He saw the shark had already been gutted, which Robinson said was to prepare it for eating, a press release said.

"Our investigation indicated there was no obvious self-initiated attempt by Mr. Robinson to contact any authorities after he caught the shark before bringing it to the port.  If our trooper wasn't at the right place at the right time then we believe he would have unlawfully kept the shark for his own personal interests," said Captain Walt Markee, director of the Fish & Wildlife division.

Oregon regulations prohibit the possession of Great White Sharks and Basking Sharks, and require that the sharks be immediately released unharmed.

Anyone that discovers a dead Great White Shark or a Basking Shark is urged to call the Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888.

By The Oregonian
October 05, 2009, 12:25PM

Shark Free Marinas Regional Ambassador Program - Powered By Oceanic Defense.org

on Monday, 05 October 2009. Posted in SFMI News

Shark-Free Marinas LogoStrategic eco partnership reaches legions of Facebook eco minded

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San Diego, CA, October 5, 2009 -- (Sharkfreemarinas.com)—The Shark Free Marinas Initiative began as a clarion call to protect shark species by concerned sport divers. It has grown to include support from major sport fishing media, personalities, and industry voices from Florida to Fiji.

Milestones include Matava, Fiji which announced a stunning total of 20 regional marinas who had gone “shark free”. Thanks in most part to local Stuart Gow who used the initiative’s website tools to approach and convince local marinas that going shark free was good for tourism, sustainable fishing, and most of all Fiji’s sharks.

This month the SFMI was featured in Sport Fishing Magazine and a full page op ed by Editor Doug Olander. PADI’s Sport Diver Magazine dedicated a full page to the Shark Free Marinas as well educating divers worldwide to the crisis of sport caught sharks.

The Shark Free Marinas Initiative would like to announced a strategic media alliance with OceanicDefense.org and the launch of the Regional Ambassador Program. Luke Tipple, the SFMI's Director says:

The Shark-Free Marina Initiative concept is a real world example of open source conservation. The Regional Ambassador program responds to the desire of real people to be heard and make a difference in their community. By specifically focusing on Marinas the SFMI goal is very clear and can be incorporated into every budding conservationists strategy to protect our oceans. Our alliance with similarly minded groups like Oceanic Defense allows us to reach out to potential Ambassadors and give them the tools to enact change.

The Regional Ambassador program already boasts over 50 members and 900 fans of it's Facebook site found at www.facebook.com/sharkfreemarinas

Keystone Point Marina in Miami now a Shark-Free Marina

on Sunday, 27 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

Screen shot 2009-09-27 at 6.21.40 PMKeystone Point Marina invites you to be part of their boating family:

We invite you to come by and meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff. The marina office is open from 8am-5pm daily.  Keystone Point Marina has been making boating simple and convenient for 50 years.

Keystone Point Marina is open from 8am to 5pm daily with 24 hour access to your boat. They offer:

  • Fuel Dock
  • 89 & 93 Octane Gasoline
  • High Sulfur Diesel
  • Free Pump Out Station
  • Fiberglass floating docks
  • Wooden finger piers
  • Service racks
  • Water & Electric
  • Marine Supplies: basic items
  • Brand Name Oil
  • Ice 10lb bag & 25 lb Block
  • Frozen Bait
  • Live bait upon request
  • Clean Restrooms
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Weigh in Fish Scale
  • Dock Carts
  • Factory Mechanics
  • Towing Service
  • Fishing Charters

Support their business by dropping by their facility at 1950 N.E. 135th Street, North Miami, Florida 33181 and be sure to visit their website at www.keystonepointmarina.com

Are you a marina owner/manager? Follow their example and register your facility with Shark-Free Marinas today. Want to get involved with SFMI? Visit our Regional Ambassadors page for more info.

Shark-Free Marinas reaches Puerto Rico

on Friday, 25 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

Our first marina in Puerto Rico registered today, the Palmas Del Mar Yacht Club, a new 163 slip facility.

You can find out about their marina at the website: palmasdelmaryachtclub.com

Sail into a paradise as rich as the open sea in our new Yacht Club and Megayacht Marina. Our new Yacht Club is the only state-of-the-art Marina in the Caribbean linked to a complete resort community. Come aboard and be one of the first to reserve one of the 152 slips designed to serve yachts from 50 to 125 feet long. The Yacht Club is also being designed with side tie mega-slips reserved for transient mega-yachts of up to 175 feet.

As part of your long-term lease and membership to our Marina, you will not only have access to the Yacht Club with its exciting Caribbean Style Restaurant and Pub, Members Lounge, Pool Tiki Bar, Ocean Front Banquet and wedding facilities, and a relaxing freshwater pool, but also to other amenities such as:

  • Full concierge service
  • Professionally trained staff and dock hands
  • Internet and business center
  • Marine supplies store
  • Deli and convenience store
  • Resort wear and dive shop
  • Sail, fishing, cruise and diving charters
  • Shopping, Rainforest and adventure tours
  • On site car, golf carts and bicycle rental
  • Customs and Immigration assistance
  • Full service boatyard with 100 tons lift
  • In slip fueling and waste disposal
  • 240/408 volts, 2 and 3-Phase power
  • 50, 100 and 200 Amps

Additionally, as a member of our Yacht Club you are also a member of the Palmas del Mar Beach and Tennis Club.

Are you a marina owner/manager? Follow their example and register your facility with Shark-Free Marinas today. Want to get involved with SFMI? Visit our Regional Ambassadors page for more info.

Palau pioneers 'shark sanctuary'

on Thursday, 24 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

Palau is to create the world's first "shark sanctuary", banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters.

By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website

The President of the tiny Pacific republic, Johnson Toribiong, will announce the ban during Friday's session of the UN General Assembly.

With half of the world's oceanic sharks at risk of extinction, conservationists regard the move as "game-changing".

It will protect about 600,000 sq km (230,000 sq miles) of ocean, an area about the size of France.

President Toribiong will also call for a global ban on shark-finning, the practice of removing the fins at sea.

As many as 100 million sharks are killed each year around the world.

"These creatures are being slaughtered and are perhaps at the brink of extinction unless we take positive action to protect them," said President Toribiong.

"Their physical beauty and strength, in my opinion, reflects the health of the oceans; they stand out," he told BBC News from UN headquarters in New York.

Read more of this great article including local benefits and global ramifications HERE

Florida Trio Takes on the 'Ultimate Shark Challenge' to Establish Next Generation Tournament Shark Fishing Model

on Wednesday, 23 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

Press Release:
When Jack Donlon first met Sean Paxton and Brooks Paxton II, none of them realized exactly what they were getting into. After hearing a radio spot for the 'Are You Man Enough Shark Challenge' and 'Shark Fest 2009' in early May, the Paxtons, aka 'The Shark Brothers', immediately contacted Donlon, the tournament and festival's founder and director, to introduce themselves and to offer their support. After a first meeting, the trio agreed a collaboration made perfect sense. Initially, the brothers were set to share their entertainment background and unique, hands-on experience with sharks, as part of an educational presentation for festival goers. By this time, as a result of a packed field of competitors and massive media coverage, the tournament (in its third year) and inaugural festival, being held in Fort Myers Beach, were attracting mainstream attention and wide-spread popularity.

Then, just 11 days before the event, Jack Donlon was invited to meet with public officials of Lee County and Fort Myers Beach to discuss certain aspects of the tournament format. Although, he had made key changes for 2010, and already had in place specific rules designed to limit the number of sharks competitively harvested, Donlon, with close support from the Paxtons, decided it was as good a time as any for conversion to a 100% catch & release format for 2009. The three took part in a press conference that day at City Hall to make the announcement, which included news of an even more exciting tournament with bigger prizes and special categories for sharks caught, tagged and released.

Inspired by what was a sold-out tournament and huge festival attendance, Donlon and the Paxtons have formed a development committee to create what will be, 'The Next Generation Tournament Shark Fishing Model'. Strategic alliances in this ambitious effort include: Mote Marine Laboratory and the Director of its Center for Shark Research - Robert E. Hueter, Ph.D, Lee County Commissioner - Ray Judah, the Director of Shark-Free Marinas - Luke Tipple, and like-minded environmental stewardship advocates. Talks are also under way with international corporations and individuals interested in sponsoring an innovative effort like this. Donlon says that, 'Specific details will be announced in the coming weeks, but I can tell you, it's been completely re-branded as: "The Ultimate Shark Challenge". The new tournament will be a series of three invitational competitions with the last anglers standing going head-to-head in a Grand Championship showdown. The finale will be surrounded by the highly anticipated return of the two-day 'Shark Fest', which is a family-friendly, educational and entertaining event for all ages'.

Already plans are underway for a major television broadcast which promises to deliver an adrenaline-fueled mix of extreme angling, cutting-edge documentation, research and wildlife management efforts. The show will be co-anchored by the Shark Brothers and Marine Biologist, Luke Tipple who says, ‘In these days of technological connectivity we will, for the first time, be able to put spectators right into the action, above and below the water. Our viewers will experience the sheer power and raw beauty of these animals, while seeing scientists and anglers working in concert to protect and understand their world’.

The tournament's organizers confidently claim, 'For the first time, what we like to call, 'A Love em & Leave 'em' shark tournament will be transformed into a true spectator sport. Our goal is to give participants and viewers the most interactive, entertaining and educational shark-infested, multi-media spectacle found anywhere on the planet'. This is not your grandfather's fishing contest, but something completely new that will establish the leading edge of a responsible future for tournament catch & release shark fishing. By breaking some long-held traditions, and embracing the future with an innovative commitment to the environment, 'The Ultimate Shark Challenge' will be a ground breaking wildlife interaction experience for all ages that will leave audiences cheering for man and beast, alike.

Read more about the event here

Shark-Free Marinas in Sport Diver Magazine (Oct 09)

on Friday, 18 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

After a number of interviews with Sport Diver magazine's Brooke Morton I am pleased to report that the October issue features a full page article on Shark-Free Marinas. I am humbled to be given so much credit for the SFMI so I must insist  that due credit go to Patric Douglas for his tireless effort in the media dept and our many Regional Ambassadors who are really doing the hard work!

What Brooke reports is true, there is a lot that we are fighting for. On one hand some of us are fighting for the survival of a species, others fight for animal rights, still others fight for the oceans health while some fight for their right to use the ocean at will. In all of these I choose to see the individuals point of view, to them and many of their friends they have the right of it... and so we fight.

I've chosen a different path, I fight for sustainability. I choose not to fight against the moral values of people who absolutely believe in their rights to use, abuse or let alone a species or environment. Tackling those issues delve into deep seeded values such as social structures, economic position, cultural tradition (which may be thousands of years old) and yes, even religion. These are fights that history shows are unlikely to be won any time soon.

I choose to fight for sustainable practices and environmental sensibility. My doctrine? Science. Facts and figures do not lie and math is the only language to truly translate across cultures. If we can unquestionably prove that our practices are unsustainable AND that the result of these practises are further damage or even certain collapse of entire ecosystems then I don't care what your religion, culture, ethics or presumed rights are... we as a civilization must recognize these unsustainable practises and take action NOW, before it is too late.

Shark-Free Marinas was established on these values and will continue to take the scientific reasoning. Together with our Regional Ambassadors we aim to work with businesses, individuals and communities to reduce worldwide shark mortality, an issue which unquestionably is threatening irreperable damage to our ocean.

If that makes me an Activist, then so be it. Join the Shark-free Marina Initiative and take responsible action in your community today.

Thanks to SportDiver magazine and Brooke Morton for such great work

Old Bahama Bay Marina now "Shark Free"

on Tuesday, 15 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

The Old Bahama Bay Marina, located at the West End of Grand Bahama, originally signed on the campaign in March, but made it official on Sept 10, 2009.   Management wanted to wait for all the right people to be there for the hanging of the signs. Nathan Moody( Director of operations) , Jackie Carroll ( General manager) , Sharon Whymms ( Marina attendant)  and Luther Ferguson ( Director of transportation) joined Regional Ambassadors Jillian Morris and Duncan Brake in hanging 2 signs at the marina. GM Jackie Carroll was very excited about the movement and anxious to learn more about what she can do to help these magnificent animals.

This marina is also the location where most diving operations clear customs before they head to Tiger Beach, so their joining the campaign is a huge victory for sharks and for shark diving.

Thanks to Jillian Morris and Duncan Brake for their terrific efforts in Bahamas. If you are interested in working as a Shark-Free Marina Regional Ambassador like them check out this page. -LT


Jupiter Pointe Marina now 'Shark-Free'

on Friday, 04 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

A new addition to the Shark-Free marina registry today with the Jupiter Pointe Marina signing up on the SFMI website. Their 10 acre property is home to one of the largest indoor boat storage facilities in Florida with recent multi-million dollar renovations ensuring the quality of their facilities service.

Indoor storage is a great option for people who either only occasionally use their boats or want to keep them out of bad weather. It's likely that some of clients may use their boats infrequently and may not be aware of the current status of the fish species they may target. All facilities like this should follow Jupiter Pointe's example and register with SFMI, a measure that will ensure their patrons are not responsible for further decline in threatened species of sharks.

A little about the marina
The marina is located on the border of Palm Beach and Martin County and one mile north of the Jupiter Inlet.  The Indoor boat storage is on 10-acre property, nestled on the Intracoastal waterway at marker 54.  The marina is directly across from Blowing Rock Preserve on beautiful Jupiter Island, the marina is tucked away in a non-congested area with no wake or current and is protected by our own little island, which serves as a natural barrier in the basin.

Jupiter Pointe Marina is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift from the ground up which include:

  • Over 700 feet of state-of-the-art floating docks
  • Six spacious haul and launch areas
  • Designated fuel dock with innovative fueling system offering high speed pumps with ethanol-free, mid-grade gasoline (REC-90), 93 percent octane gasoline and diesel fuel
  • A new dry-storage building featuring the latest in concrete "tilt-up" design which is capable of withstanding winds up to 156 mph
  • This new building will increase our indoor-boat storage facility, allowing up to an additional 200 boats, giving us a total of 600 indoor storage racks

The new indoor-boat storage building will accept boats from 25 to 45 feet in length and beams up to 15 feet. Our current dry-stack storage building can store up to 400 boats up to 30 feet in length, or up to 9-foot beams.

Are you a marina owner/manager? Follow Jupiter Pointes example and register your facility with Shark-Free Marinas today. Want to get involved with SFMI? Visit our Regional Ambassadors page for more info.

Miami's Grove Isle Marina registers as 'Shark-Free'

on Thursday, 03 September 2009. Posted in SFMI News

Today the Grove Isle marina in Miami Florida registered as a Shark-Free Marina. In an area so well known for recreational fishing and it's yachting and boating industry we felt it important to feature their establishment.

The 111 slip marina is in the heart of Miamis Coconut Grove. It features luxury amenities due to it's adjacent resort and six docks including one frequented by recreational fishing boats. Thanks to the managers' forward thinking each of the slips will now feature a Shark-Free Marina sign on it's gated entry.

Tim, an employee at the marina told us why their facility in particular decided to register:

Our marina is special in that it is frequented by Nurse Sharks (ed. a harmless species of shark frequently caught by recreational fisherman). Whenever I dive in the marina I see the nurses and we are aware how vulnerable they are to just a few hooks in the water. Also our surrounding waters have a lot of threatened species of sharks and we want to play our part in protecting them.

We'd like to say our kudos to the Grove Isle Marina and pass on our hopes that local businesses, boaters and fishermen support their facility.

Visit the marina at:
Grove Isle Marina

4 Grove Isle Dr
Miami, FL 33133 (USA)
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