Currently browsing - Cocos Island

Ocean advocate and adventurer Hanli Prinsloo visits Cocos Island to promote shark understanding and protection

Hanli Prinsloo, ocean adventurer and world champion freediver, took a trip to Cocos Island to promote shark understanding and protection.

Hanli Prinsloo - Tiger Shark

The purpose of this trip was to address the decision makers in Costa Rica, who have allowed for an exception to the law against fishing for sharks. Costa Rican authorities claim that if sharks were a bycatch – including in the marine reserve of the Cocos Island, a hotspot for amazing shark diversity – they could be legally exported (shark fin soup is seen as status enriching in China).

Hanli Prinsloo - Seagull

However, conservationists warn that allowing exceptions to what should be tight restrictions on the shark fin trade, boosts that temptation. Furthermore, CITES mentions bycatch as one of the top threats to hammerhead shark populations worldwide. In response to this law exception, Hanli and her team have gone to explore, document and share stories from a magnificent underwater wilderness, and put shark protection back on the agenda.

Click here to read her full blog post, or watch Hanli discuss this further on News24 (above).

For more information on how to book Hanli Prinsloo as a speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000.

get in touch

We’re here to help.

If you can’t find the right speaker you need, or would like speaker ideas tailored to your event,

talk to us on the details below.

For UK, Europe and general enquiries, please contact

Rob Higgins

+44 207 293 0864

For US enquiries,

please contact

Ellis Trevor

+1 516 6581608

For Middle East, Asia & international enquiries

please contact

Raleigh Addington

+852 5819 2227