Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5 Questions With Shark Stanley: Dr. Carl Safina

Carl Safina and Shark Stanley
Every week we profile an established shark champion or an up and coming ocean hero.  This week we were privileged to talk to Dr. Carl Safina, arguably the world's best science communicator.

Dr. Carl Safina is founding president of the Safina Center. Audubon magazine named him among the leading 100 conservationists of the 20th Century. His award-winning books include Song for the Blue Ocean and Voyage of the Turtle, and he’s been profiled by the New York Times, Nightline, and Bill Moyers. His awards include a Pew Fellowship, the John Burroughs Medal, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Prize, among others.

We ask each of our ambassadors the same set of questions and they always have unique, inspiring perspectives.  Here is what Dr. Safina had to say:

Why are sharks important to you?
They don’t have to be important to me. They have been here for millions of years. With them, the world works. They help maintain the stability of natural communities in which they live. Personally I find them beautiful, exciting, and fascinating.

How are we going to save the world’s sharks? 
Leave them alone! They’ll know what to do. Honor their presence as right, because they belong in the world.

How are you working to protect sharks? 
I’ve helped work on restrictions to catches, bans on cutting off their fins, and wider appreciation. I like to fish for sharks but I don’t kill them. Sometimes I just like watching them from the boat or diving with them.

Lots of people look up to you, who are your conservation heroes? 
Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, and David Brower

What advice would you give to young conservationists?
Love nature, enjoy nature, get outside, find the right balance between enjoyment of nature and work to protect it, don’t get discouraged by small slow steps; that’s how it goes. But we have made lots of progress.
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