Shark Cage Dives

                          

Advanced Eco Certification

In 2011 we achieved accreditation through Eco Tourism Australia for both our Shark Cage Diving and Swim with the Sealions tours accreditation keeping us at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Australia.

We are the largest and only employers of Eco Certified Guides in the Shark Cage Diving industry in Australia with our Skippers being Eco Certified Guides. 

Advanced Eco Certification demonstrates our commitment to tourism excellence with strong interpretation values and commitment to nature conservation while helping local communities. This coupled with our long association with the CSIRO display our commitment to shark preservation and research. Our commitment to the CSIRO research has seen us making financial contributions and also ‘on the ground’ support.

Click HERE to read more about Ecotourism Australia

Click HERE to see our certification
 

Carbon Neutral

Calypso Star Charters has undertaken to be a Carbon Neutral operation. In July 2016 we engaged the services of Canopy (Greening Australia) to audit our fossil fuel usage and CO2 emissions and offset 100% of our CO2 emissions.

Calypso Star Charters are an environmentally conscious operator with our Shark Cage Diving and Swim with the Sealion tours operating within Marine Protected Areas. Our policy is to be as energy efficient as we can in order to reduce our CO2 emissions from fossil fuel. Canopy’s annual audit and management plan allows us to offset any unavoidable CO2 emissions that we may make by retiring certified carbon reduction units on our behalf.

Our tours operate in the challenging marine environment and we visit some of the most pristine locations in South Australia. We strive to have minimal impact on the areas we operate and the animal we see. Some methods we adopt to minimise the use of fossil fuel include meticulous vessel maintenance to ensure peak operating efficiency and carefully monitoring passenger demand to vary the number of tours operated.

Greenhouse gas emissions are produced when we burn fossil fuels for electricity, transportation and heating. Increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses are responsible for climate change.

Some of the ways we reduce our carbon emissions are:

  • Keeping our vessels in top working order and our hulls clean.
  • Heating water with the vessel's generators, not shore power.
  • Operating the Combo Tour, 2 tours in 1.
  • Solar powered lighting for signage.
  • LED lighting throughout our office and the use of movement sensors and timer switches.
  • Our transfer service to 'car pool'.
  • A 15kW solar system at our office.
  • Storing bait at a shared freezer facility.
  • Doing our laundry with cold water, line drying 90% of our laundry and only using the dryer during the day when the solar system is likely to be exporting to the grid.
  • Limiting the use of air-conditioning, setting the temperature slightly warmer in summer and cooler in winter.

We are always looking for ways to increase our efficiency and decrease our Carbon Emissions. We utilise the services of Canopy Australia to audit our emissions and offset 100% of the emissions we are unable to avoidFor more information on how offsetting Carbon emissions works and how you can measure your own carbon footprint HERE.

Solar

In July 2016 Calypso Star Charters became a Carbon Neutral company through an energy audit and offsets through Canopy. We are committed to the protection of the environment and the minimisation of our carbon emissions.

Following extensive research, Calypso Star Charters engaged South Australian company Class A Energy Solutions to supply and install a 15.37KW Photovoltaic electricity generation system at our office at the Port Lincoln Marina. The grid connected system is large enough to supply 100% of the electricity to run or office and vessel shore power requirements, with additional electricity fed into the grid to offset purchases from the grid during times of decreased generation. The increased size of the system will also partially offset power consumption for our bait storage which is provided off site. Electricity consumption accounts for 4% of our total emissions, a figure which will reduce to between 1 and 2% following the installation of the solar system.

The system is expected to deliver an average of 70 KW/h per day during spring, summer and autumn, more than double our current needs. The system is expandable in the future and battery storage capacity can also be added at a later stage to enable full independence from the grid. The system comprises of 53, 290 watt JA Solar panels connected to a 15KW 3 phase Fronius inverter. The installation was completed over 2 days with no disruption to our office operations.

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Shark Research

Flinders University's Southern Shark Ecology Group was awarded a Monitoring and Research contract by DEWNR for 3 years from July 2016.

This research monitors the visitation patterns and temporary residency period of the sharks that we see. Information is used in the dynamic management of the Shark Cage Diving Industry to guide decisions regarding Non Activity Days.

In addition to the contracted research, Flinders University excels in White Shark research and collaborates with research institutions around the world. Calypso Star Charters is a proud supporter of Dr Charlie Huveneers and his team.

Charlie is a frequent guest on board our charters, tagging sharks and deploying or retrieving monitoring equipment. We provide shark images that are used in a growing ID catalogue.

The high frequency of our charters assists in gaining a better understanding of the visitation patterns as some sharks only visit for a day or two each year. We are proud to pass on your donations to Flinders University to assist funding White Shark research outside of the monitoring program.

You can donate to their shark research when making a booking.

Click HERE to read from Dr Charlie Huveneers.
 

Marine Parks

Neptune Islands Group (Ron and Valerie Taylor) Marine Park

Named after Australian filmmakers, marine conservation pioneers and renowned shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor, the park is an internationally-significant site for great white sharks. It is also the only place in Australia where you can get up close to this protected species in their own environment.

Centred on a remote, offshore island group rising steeply from deep water and exposed to strong wind and waves, the park includes sheltered seagrass, a sandy seafloor and deep-water habitats, with a range of marine life, from reef fish to various species of shark.

The park is also home to breeding and feeding sites for many local and migratory birds, Australian seas lions and long-nosed fur seals.

Visit the National Park Website

CLICK HERE to see the Marine Park map

CLICK HERE to read the Marine Parks Progress Summary 2012-2016
 

Sir Joseph Banks Group

We visit on our Swim with the Sealion tours to Langton and Blythe islands.

Off the coast of Spencer Gulf and adjacent to Tumby Bay, the park is connected to a wetland of national importance. The park’s amazing diversity features seagrass meadows, saltmarsh communities, uncommon popcorn coral, sponge and invertebrate reefs.

Its low-lying rocky islands, shallow reefs and sheltered sandy bays provide plenty of opportunities for anglers to try their luck for King George whiting, snapper, prawns and rock lobster. Or join a charter, which will take you to the area’s best fishing sites.

Animal watchers - both onshore and in the water - will enjoy the diverse species that flock to the area, from one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of Australian sea lions at Dangerous Reef to the unique velvet octopus, found in only a few places in South Australia.

Access to Sir Joseph Banks Group Marine Park is from Tumby Bay, Ski Beach, Second Creek, Wisemans Beach, Louth Bay, North Shields and Port Lincoln.

Visit the National Park Website

CLICK HERE to see the Marine Park map

 

Thorny Passage

We travel through the Thorny Passage Marine Park on route to Neptune Island Marine Park for our shark cage dive.  We also pass through on our Swim with the Sealions trips to either Hopkins or Grindal Islands.

The park includes the waters off lower Eyre Peninsula, extending from Frenchman Bluff on the west to Memory Cove on the east. Its varied and deep-water habitats consist of diverse communities of sponges and invertebrates on the hard bottom, and unique underwater sand dune fields, which can rise up to 5m.

Access to the Thorny Passage Marine Park is from Coffin Bay, Kellidie Bay, Dutton Bay, Farm Beach, Little Douglas, Point Avoid and Sleaford Bay.

Visit the National Park website

CLICK HERE to see the Marine Park map
 

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Contact us

Contact our Office on:

Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939

Email info@sharkcagediving.com.au

Fax +61 (8) 8682 6877

Office Location 3/10 South Quay Boulevard, Port Lincoln SA 5606

Postal PO Box 2058, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5606

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Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Saturdays & Public holidays 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sundays 10:00am - 2:00pm*

PLEASE NOTE OUR PHONE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS

+61 (8) 8682 3939
 

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