SAVING OUR SHARKS FOUNDATION - THE ISLA MUJERES SHARK INITIATIVE - A JOINT EFFORT WITH THE LOCAL FISHING COMMUNITY TO STOP THE KILLING OF SHARKS IN ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO


The session will cover the conservation work of the Saving Our sharks Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity based in Palm Beach County and the continuing fight to protect sharks through conservation, education, research, and Eco-tourism, the introduction of the Isla Mujeres Shark initiative, including some basic facts about sharks, our international partner's history and programs and a photographic review of the plight and beauty of sharks.

Seminar Takeaways:

  • A new appreciation for sharks and shark conservation
  • An understanding of what Saving Our Sharks Foundation is doing to save sharks 
  • What you can do to help

About Todd Essick:

Executive Director Todd Essick brings a lifetime experience to the Saving Our Sharks Foundation. He has a long record of volunteerism and conservation; he has been a Scuba diver for more than four decades; he has worked as a photojournalist and a fine arts photographer. Beginning as a photojournalist fresh out of college working Both in Miami and internationally eventually transitioning to the underwater realm with his camera. A longing to create an underwater fine art project showing the "connection we all have with the sea", he created a new genre of art photography, resulting in his book Goddesses Sirens and Mermaids. The goddesses Project lead to
several awards and honors, including being named one of the top 10 underwater photographers in the world.

 

His travels also inspired him to photograph and write about nature, including the world's first shark sanctuary in Palau. Prior to the pandemic, Mr. Essick came to the Yucatán peninsula. During these days, he witnessed the hardship suffered by local families during the lockdown. This led to his involvement with a charitable group dedicated to preparing and delivering food packages to those suffering food insecurity he also joined members of the Sacred Heart Church every Wednesday night cooking chili macaroni and working to feed hundreds of people each week. Both of these crowd-funded food projects were sustained for nearly 2 years. 

 

After hearing of a proposed project in Isla Mujeres to stop the shark fisherman from catching and killing sharks, he offered his services to help establish a 501(c) 3 public charity that could fund shark conservation projects including the Isla Mujeres shark initiative. 

This special event is free with your admission to PBIBS.

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