The Red Sea Shark Week

20th April 2017   |   Mario Passoni

Sign up for an exciting journey with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) in the enchanting waters of the Red Sea.

Shark experts will involve you in their projects. The main purpose is to protect these marine predators from finning and illegal fishing, which are causing a dramatic decrease in the shark population of Egypt.

During your holiday, you'll learn to recognize different species of shark and how to safely interact with them in the water. This is a fascinating and unforgettable experience.

Moreover, is scheduled a special trip, from September 14 to 21, that will be guided and coordinated by Gerhard Wenger, president of the NGO Sharkproject.

Diviac Eco Travel has selected this trip for you in order to concretely help the marine life of the Red Sea.

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Essential Information

  • Where: Red Sea, Marsa Alam
  • When: Various dates throughout 2017
  • Who: HEPCA
  • Trip Duration: 7 nights
  • Liveaboard: AMR Ali Red Sea Defender
  • Research Activities: Learn about shark diversity in the Red Sea, learn how to use and install shark bait cameras, collect data on shark diversity and behavior, learn about shark anatomy and morphology
  • Target Group: Licensed divers only (Advanced level or higher required), students
  • Max Number of Guests: 18
  • Price: Starting at USD $1,425 per person

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Port Ghalib (Marsa Alam). Diving and boat safety briefing. Info on HEPCA. Scientific equipment briefing. Night lecture on the biodiversity of the Red Sea and why it is unique.
  • Day 2: Check dive at Tromby or Abu Dabab. Second dive at the same spot. Briefing about the shark code of conduct followed by a practical session on the boat about shark anatomy and morphology. (All samples were confiscated from illegal traders for scientific research). Night biology lesson about the different species of shark in the Red Sea and the most abundant shark species recorded in the Red Sea.
  • Day 3: Three dives at Brothers. Installing camera traps for sharks. Observing cameras and collecting data from the boat. Night lecture on shark feeding behavior.
  • Day 4: Two dives at Brothers Reef to collect data on shark behavior. Night lecture on shark reproductive behavior. Photo identification of shark fins.
  • Day 5: Three dives at Daedalus to observe if sharks are at the site. During the second dive, we will install a baited camera. Observing night camera from the boat and studying shark attack behavior. Biology night lecture on shark attack behavior and human attacks.
  • Day 6: Travel to Samadai Reef to observe dolphins if they are at the site. Optional dive at Shaab Marsa Alam to collect water data. Night lecture on why we need to protect sharks.
  • Day 7: Two dives at Elphinstone Reef (identifying shark species if found). During the second dive, we will use a camera trap for sharks. Head to Port Ghalib. Distribute educational material/videos and Red Sea Defender giveaways to all participants.
  • Day 8: Breakfast and departure (transfers) by 12:00 noon.

Itinerary may vary according to weather conditions and other factors.

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Experience Overview

The Red Sea is famous for its beautiful coral reefs and the variety of fish that inhabit these waters. Among them are sharks, who, as apex predators, are very important to the entire marine ecosystem.

Your trip will begin in Port Ghalib, and you’ll visit wonderful diving spots, such as Brothers, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone and more.

This holiday will be extra special, because while you’re relaxing and diving, you will be followed by shark experts. These men and women will help you learn more about the mysterious world of sharks through their insights and experiments.

Throughout the week, you can participate in several different activities, such as biology lectures about sharks and how to act around these beautiful creatures, video surveys using an underwater camera, observing sharks from the boat through a night camera, studying shark attack behavior and learning how to identify sharks.

To take part in this trip, it is not necessary to be a marine expert. You are welcome to follow the research activities as much or as little as you want.


HEPCA

The Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) is an internationally recognized NGO specializing in the field of marine and land conservation. Founded in 1992, the organization’s aim is to protect and preserve the natural resources of the Red Sea.

HEPCA is carrying out various projects and initiatives, including:

  • Resource monitoring & management
  • Public awareness campaigns
  • Solid waste management strategies
  • Scientific research
  • Community development

Any profits obtained from trips on the Ali Red Sea Defender will be used to support the following activities:

  • 10% will go to patrolling the Red Sea to track environmental threats and prosecute environmental infractions that endanger marine species or the environment.
  • 20% will go to baseline studies and research to properly design and implement resource management measures and gather data regarding conservation statuses.
  • 10% will go to management plans and mitigation activities for dolphin sanctuaries and other habitats or ecosystems.
  • 20% will go to educational programs for public and private school children to raise environmentally aware and conscientious individuals.
  • 10% will go to cleanup and environmental awareness campaigns for locals and non-locals in order to raise awareness on current environmental issues, the importance of our ecosystem and sustainability.
  • 10% will go to community development programs for locals near the Red Sea and in Egypt in general.
  • 10% will go to lobbying and legal actions for modification of laws and regulations related to environmental protections and conservation.

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Liveaboard

The AMR Ali Red Sea Defender can accommodate up to 18 guests plus 10 crew members and 2 guides/researchers. The boat is 100 feet (30 meters) in length and has 9 ensuite cabins, including 6 double cabins, 2 suites and 1 triple cabin (all with A/C).

Guests are welcome to use the large lounge and dining area with a tv, sound system, wifi, library and board games. Outside, you will find a bar, sun decks, covered decks and a big diving deck.

The restaurant on the main deck (with A/C) offers a wide selection of international, Italian and Egyptian specialties.

This boat is equipped with the following research instruments to conduct field studies and experiments:

  • Stereo Zoom Microscope, Trinocular
  • Low Power Student Microscope B130
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Portable PH Meter
  • Trinocular Microscope equipped with Image Transfer
  • Multi Prop
  • Hydrophone

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2017 Dates

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Recommended Equipment

  • Diving and snorkelling equipment
  • Polarized sunglasses

The Trip Includes

  • 18 dives
  • Diving, permits, guides, 12L tanks, food, beverages (except canned drinks), use of research equipment, lectures and activities
  • Free diving insurance offered by Diviac

The Trip Doesn’t Include

  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Nitrox
  • Crew gratuities
  • 100 Euros per person is charged for port fees and permissions on all Northern and Southern Itineraries starting from Hurghada or Port Ghalib. In case national fuel prices increase, a fuel surcharge per person may be added prior to departure
  • Visa: 15€ per passenger (collected by meet & assist operator)
  • Travel insurance

Requirements

  • Passport
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Diving certificate

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