Archive for March, 2010

Carrefour complies! Well done HEPCA

Monday, March 29th, 2010


In the last 24 hours, Carrefour Egypt has issued a statement announcing that they have stopped shark sales!

This result is testament to the many individuals and organizations that added their names in support of this cause and is real evidence that community initiatives addressing the threats to our environment can be successful. This is a small but significant step in the quest to protect our environment, health and prosperity.

The words of the statement issued on behalf of Carrefour Egypt assert the role we can undertake to protect our environment:

"We testify that we are not selling any shark or baby shark in our Stores. Few weeks ago, we – Carrefour Egypt – sold some quantity of shark mistakenly in one of our stores, as some of our employees take it for another kind of Mediterranean fish.

As Carrefour Egypt is highly supporting the environment aspect and respecting the rules of the Environmental Protection and Conservation Associations, we immediately stopped selling the shark and applied all the corrective measurements in all our stores in Egypt.

With this official statement we confirm that we are not selling any shark in our stores anymore."

We thank Carrefour for complying so promptly and thank all those who added their voice to this campaign. HEPCA will continue monitoring any such trade activities in Egypt. We urge the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries to take serious actions against all illegal shark fishing activities and show more commitment to the protection of these vulnerable species.

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Making Dreams Come True!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

After wishing and dreaming about trying freediving, this week Suzanne made Dan’s dream come true in Hurghada on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt.  With no previous freediving experience Dan had a natural ability to hold his breath.  On the first day of training after been given instruction and undertaking breathing relaxation techniques he was able to hold his breath for more than 3 minutes!  He said it felt like about a minute!  So he was amazed when I told him it was more than 3!  So much so that he thought I was joking!

The wind was blowing in Hurghada during this week so the first day we were due to go out on the boat had to be cancelled and instead we enjoyed diving from the beach and gave Dan the chance to practice Duck Dives and get used to being relaxed under the water.


We then had a day off as there was just too much wind and no chance to go out on the boat.  But the next day we were ready for the blue, but things didn’t go to plan.  I discovered what sinus squeeze felt like and Dan just couldn’t equalise head down.  Feet first was working slowly but headfirst just wouldn’t work!  So we decided Dan would have a day off again and he took this chance to have some fun Scuba Diving where he was able to equalise and exercise his ears.

We then had another try!  Dan’s ears works and my sinuses were clear too and Dan successfully performed a beautiful constant weight dive to 19 metres!  The whole boat cheered when he returned to the surface with a VERY big smile :-)


Big Congratulations!  We hope Dan enjoys the rest of his stay and visits to Cairo and Luxor and will be back again to do his 3 * course soon!

Peter finds a love of blue water

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Peter came on holiday to the Red Sea and found a poster at the dive centre on the beach of his hotel offering freediving.  After not freediving for a couple of years he decided this was the perfect opportunity to discover the relaxation of freediving again.

 Sun ShineFishing boat came to visit the reef

We travelled to a shallow reef to allow both Peter and his Father to enjoy the reef and the amazing marine life.

 RelaxationShades of blue

We then traveled to lions head reef and enjoyed the depth of the sea.

 Lions Head reefSaying goodbye and heading back to port

We all had a beautiful day and Peter and his family had wonderful Red Sea memories to take away too.