Ever wanted to take concrete action about shark finning? Now you can. Help us turn a Shark Fishing Boat into a Dive Boat, here in Aceh, off Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
We are Dive Weh, a couple with 15 years experience diving in Southeast Asia, starting a small mobile dive center in beautiful Weh Island, Aceh. We also care about environmental and social issues, and want to leverage our start-up to make an impact on the Save Sharks campaign.
So, we raised the capital to take a Shark Boat off the local market, now YOU can remodel it! We tear down and rebuild the boat cabin, set up a dry room and sun deck, update the engine, and design an organic craft that will hold diving amenities and comforts.
You get the satisfaction of transforming a Shark Killer into a Leisure Craft. Show local fisherfolk their boats can serve tourism and protect marine life, not just destroy it. You also support a small local business, as the co-founder of Dive Weh is Acehnese. Get insights into this wonderful island – you might even learn with us, dive with us, right here in Pulau Weh.
Support our Indiegogo campaign, “Turn a Shark Fisher into a Dive Boat”, and plan your next tropical holiday. Why not?
For more information, do visit our website, www.dive-weh.com.
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People are thrilled to see sharks. See an excited diver demanding, “Sharks, I want to see sharks!” with camera in hand, and you will understand. Sharks are powerful, amazing to see underwater, and most species do not harm humans.
But they face massive threats, with 100 million sharks
killed every year (Journal of Marine Policy, 2013), and 20 species extinct by
Here in Aceh, Indonesia, shark fishing is rife. Fishermen roam all across the Indian Ocean, returning only when their boats are full with sharks and fins. Dive Weh took a picture of Thresher sharks in the markets of Meulaboh town, Aceh (see below). We hear first-hand accounts of the dangerous lives they lead: weeks in the stormy, open seas, spearing dolphins for bait, wrestling with full-grown sharks. Not only do these fishermen put the survival of sharks at stake, but vulnerable coastal families risk losing their breadwinners with every trip.
But what can we do? Well, we thought, why not take a Shark Boat, off the market, and turn it into a Dive Boat? We were planning to start a small scuba diving business anyway, Dive Weh, right here in Pulau Weh, Aceh, Indonesia. So why not leverage our start up to contribute to the Shark and Anti-Finning campaign?
Where will the funds go?
Dive Weh estimates that to transform a wooden, Acehnese Shark Fisher into a Dive Boat, it takes USD 10,000. We break it down for you:
- About USD 3,000 hires teams of Acehnese boat builders, workers, boatmen and technicians for the remodeling and engine work. We make sure everyone who works with us get paid fairly. Think about it as providing much-needed employment to local people.
- About USD 4,000 for high grade, local material rebuilds the cabin and other remodeling work. We need a large amount of quality wood, hardware stuff, glass work, waterproofing material, paints, etc. We also want green the boat by installing a solar panel to charge lights, batteries, and customer mobile phones/laptops/tablets. As much as possible, Dive Weh buys from local, small-scale, family-based wood suppliers and stores.
- About USD 3,000 upgrades the engine system and replaces parts.
If we do not manage to raise the full amount, Dive Weh will cut back other essential expenditures, like diving equipment and compressor purchase.
In return, we have super rewards for your support and
contributions. You can choose just one reward, or select a few. Expect to
receive the posted gifts latest by August 2014. Do wait for the inforgraphic below to load for details ;-)
*All Dive Packages, Safaris and Courses are for 1 diver and include full set of rented scuba equipment, guide and boat use (YES that’s the boat you remodeled). Contribute several if you wish to claim your rewards as a group. If you do 2 or more dives in a day, the package also includes a packed lunch! Yum. The rewards are also transferrable, so you can send friends and family on a diving vacation. Do book us with your voucher attached at least 1 month before your trip so that we can give you the best service possible. Rewards can be claimed starting July 2014, and is valid till end of 2020. You don’t want to wait too long for your dream holiday ;-)
Who is Dive Weh?
We are an Acehnese-Malaysian couple setting up a small mobile dive center here in Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia. The island is our dream home, where we bring up our little girl. Now we want to make it your dream holiday, AND a safer place for sharks.
Salim A. Salam is from Aceh and knows the unique challenges of this wild, beautiful region, which has seen tsunamis, quakes and civil war in the past. He is also an experienced, certified PADI Instructor, with more than 15 years experience scuba diving in Southeast Asia. His wife, Liew Shao Yi, is Malaysian and has a Masters in Community Development. Both are the founders of the mobile dive center, Dive Weh.
We want to marry our passion for diving and development to create a diving business that is, yes, for profit, but also environmentally and socially aware.
So what are you waiting for?
Join us in the creation of Dive Weh. The remodeled Shark Boat will be the center of all our activities. Travelers will learn and dive from the boat, chill on it, and explore the gorgeous reefs and fish of Pulau Weh.
“Turn a Shark Fisher into a Dive Boat”, say no to shark finning, and:
1. Take a Shark Fishing Boat off the market
2. Transform it into a Dive Boat and leisure craft
3. Show fisherfolk their Shark Boats can be used for tourism
4. Employ skilled, local workers
5. Support an Acehnese, homegrown business
6. Get awesome rewards, including a chance to dive Pulau Weh!
And Dive Weh pledges 5% of our profits to local development efforts. Whether it is to set up a village daycare or library, scholarships for underprivileged students, English lessons for young adults, or a small marine awareness program for kids, there is much we can all do in the local communities of Weh Island.
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