NANFA-- on the edge of "off topic"

Nick Zarlinga (
Tue, 24 Jun 2003 07:38:44 -0400

How's this for "making your own jig"?

| Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:15:51 -0500
| Subject: White Shark Research Organization Charged in Illegal Filming
| White Shark Research Organization Charged in Illegal Filming Activities
| NOAA has charged the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, located in Santa
| Cruz, Calif., with two counts of violating conditions of their Monterey
| National Marine Sanctuary permit for white shark research.
| NOAA assessed a $21,000 penalty against the foundation for illegally
| a white shark to attack a Hollywood mockup of a South African fur seal off
| of Ano Nuevo, Calif. The white shark was lured in order to get it to
| out of the ocean for the production of the cable television program AIR
| II. Attracting white sharks for this purpose is not allowed under the
| foundation's permit. Allegedly, Shark Entertainment Inc., paid Sean Van
| Sommeran and Callaghan Fritz-Cope, of foundation, in order to use the two
| researchers' sanctuary permit authority to illegally attract the white
| shark. In addition to the penalty, portions of the foundation's permit
| conditions are subject to sanctions.
| This was a joint investigation by NOAA Fisheries' Office for Law
| and the California Department of Fish and Game. The incident took place on
| October 22, 2002, near Ano Nuevo Island.

Nick Zarlinga
Aquarium Biologist
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
216.661.6500 ext 4485
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