About ten years ago, we started a non-profit organization called the Northwest Shark Preservation Society (NWSPS) in the Pacific Northwest. The main goal of this organization was to conduct research, aid in the conservation of the Seven Gill Shark, and push for fair and sustainable fishing regulations in the Pacific Northwest. The NWSPS worked closely with the fish and wildlife department to bring changes in the policies that would help protect the Seven Gill Shark and its possible spawning area.
Prior to the establishment of NWSPS, sharks in Willapa Bay and its tributaries were fished openly without any concern for creel limits. However, the NWSPS, in collaboration with Fish and Wildlife, brought significant changes by implementing regulations to preserve this particular species of shark. A research program was initiated to determine the migratory habits and spawning areas of these sharks in the Willapa Bay. The NWSPS led this research by capturing and tagging sharks, and with the help of a group of scientists in Southern California, it was discovered that the Seven Gill Sharks migrated up and down the west coast, with stops in Willapa Bay to possibly mate and spawn. This research was so immensely successful that the state eventually adopted the NWSPS protocols and continued the research on their own.
The contribution of the NWSPS in preserving the Seven Gill Shark and enforcing fair fishing regulations was acknowledged in various public events where Greg was invited to speak about the need for shark conservation and even included an appearance in an Animal Planet TV show, .
Working with the NWSPS helped Greg and I to understand the importance of preserving natural resources and the limited efforts made by the government to maintain sustainable wildlife resources. The experience reinforced our desire to educate people about the beauty and importance of nature through their Youtube channel and other social media platforms.
The NWSPS is an excellent example of how individuals can make a significant impact on the preservation of natural resources. It is essential to understand the value of every species and their role in the ecosystem. Such initiatives are critical to ensure that these resources are protected for future generations. The passion and dedication that Greg and I have to the cause have made a lasting impact in the Pacific Northwest. The beauty and importance of nature should be preserved, and it is our responsibility to make sure that it is.