- Service & Advocacy
David Shaw keynotes Aspen Institute high seas event for White Shark Café expedition
by David E Shaw
On May 15, 2018, a group of distinguished marine scientists and ocean experts met to discuss the plight of world oceans and publicize the first ever research voyage to a newly discovered high seas habitat for great white sharks. This remote habitat in the Pacific Ocean has been named the White Shark Café.
As co-chair of the Aspen Institute High Seas Initiative I was pleased to keynote this event at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Our initiative was established to bring public attention and action to our planet’s last great conservation frontier, the high seas. These largely unregulated areas beyond national jurisdiction cover the majority of the ocean’s surface and represent the best opportunity to protect, restore, and maintain the health of world oceans.
The Aspen High Seas Initiative seeks to protect these habitats to benefit mankind and life on Earth. We have a comprehensive strategy to accomplish this including support of United Nations initiatives, establishment of marine protected areas and public engagement.
Below is a video of highlights from the May 15 White Shark Café event. I screened this video at The Explorers Club in New York City on June 5 in a panel discussion during World Oceans Week.