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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.

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Climate Action Leader

In August 2017, Calypso Star Charters achieved accreditation as a Climate Action Leader from Ecotourism Australia.

According to Ecotourism Australia, 'Climate Action Leader certification recognises businesses that have incorporated strategic climate change responses across all relevant levels of business planning and operations. These businesses are measuring and auditing their carbon footprint via a creditable system and have undertaken an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting'.

Calypso Star Charters have offset 100% of carbon emissions through Canopy since July 2016 and we are one of only 4 companies in South Australia to achieve the accreditation.

Climate Action Leadership along with our existing Advanced Ecotourism accreditation across all our tours highlights our commitment to the natural environment which is vital for us to be able to conduct business and provide such unique experiences as Shark Cage Diving and Swimming with Sealions. With an audit system in place, we continue to look for ways to reduce our emissions and improve efficiency. Its good for the environment and good for business too.

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Quality Tourism Accredited Business

Calypso Star Charters is proudly a Quality Tourism and Sustainable Tourism Accredited Business.

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Calypso Star Charters Local Enviroment Fund

Calypso Star Charters was a Carbon Neutral company from July 2016 to June 2019, offsetting 100% of our carbon emissions associated with vessel operation (fuel and oil), electricity, bait storage, passenger transfers and company travel.

After 3 years, our Carbon auditing and offsetting provider, Canopy decided to focus on the creation of carbon credits (through its parent company, Greening Australia) and move away from auditing services.

During the 2016-2019 period, we purchased and retired close to 2,500 tonnes of emissions credits. Carbon credits are created and traded internationally and although ultimately beneficial in the financial support they provide to tree planting and renewable energy, our spending had no direct impact on the local economy or environment. We wanted to do better and be more active in our local community.

From September 2019

We have decided to set up the Calypso Star Charters Local Environment Fund

  • This will be equal to the cost of our annual offsetting that we will distribute to local groups that demonstrate an environmental benefit will be gained from our funding.
  • Funding applications are sought each year and to ensure that our funding levels remain relevant to our carbon emissions, the cost of carbon credits will be adjusted annually, and an emissions audit carried out every 3 years.
  • Over the past 3 years, we’ve noticed that our emissions have remained stable.

Initially, our contribution will be $12,000 per year.

While we loose the title of being Carbon Neutral, what’s more important to us is knowing that our efforts will have a positive impact locally. 

Through the support of Eco Tourism Australia, our new initiative continues to satisfy the requirements of their Climate Action Leader certification that we achieved in 2017.

For further information -

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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.
 

Visitor Use Fees 

Shark Cage diving

The $37.90 Visitor Use Fee payable to Department of Environment and Water (DEW) at the time of booking.

Calypso Star Charters is required by the South Australian Government to hold a licence to operate at the Neptune Islands and to pay licence fees.  These licence fees go towards research and ongoing management of white shark cage diving, including monitoring of interactions of white sharks and tourism at Neptune Islands.

You can read more about the management of our industry on the Department of Environment and Water’s website HERE

Swim with the Sealions

Australian Sealions are an endangered species and sadly, their numbers are decreasing. In a sustained effort to help the plight of the species, Marine Mammal permits restrict operators to the number of visits to each site each week and day as well as the duration of the visit and swimming activities to ensure disturbance is minimised. Restrictions are also in place regarding approach distances, anchoring locations, unnecessary noise and swimming areas. 

  • Currently there is no visitor use fee charged by DEW for Swimming with Sealions but we remain committed to the protection of the species and continue to operator our tours with strict adherence to regulations. 
  • Compliance, as with shark cage diving, DEW utilise covert observers on tours to ensure compliance as well as monitoring social media and prompt actioning of complaints and information received from the general public. Breaches of regulations can result in formal warnings, expiation or suspension or termination of license depending on the severity of the breech. 

Shark Display and Office

Located at the Lincoln Cove Marina, our Office and Shark Display is open 7 days per week.  Learn about Great White Sharks and Australian Sea Lions.  The display also includes a large map of the surrounding areas and Marine Park information.  

With no entry fee, feel free to pop in to say hello!

The office is also the place to meet to check in for all tours before boarding.

Free parking and free wifi available!

1802 Oyster Bar
1802 Oyster Bar

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
 

Traditional Owners

Calypso Star Charters acknowledges and respects the traditional owners of the ancestral lands of the Eyre Peninsula. We acknowledge elders past and present and we respect the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to country. 

The traditional Aboriginal custodians of the lands and seas in the Lower Eyre Peninsula area are the Barngarla and Naou people. Other traditional custodians further along the Eyre Peninsula coast are the Wirangu and Mirning people.

For more information visit nativetitlesa.org & CLICK HERE for the SA Native Title Determinations Map

 

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 Contact us

Contact our Office on:

Telephone  +61 (8) 8682 3939

Email info@sharkcagediving.com.au

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 8:00am - 6.00pm

Saturdays - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Sundays & Public Holidays 10:00am - 2:00pm

PLEASE NOTE OUR PHONE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS

Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939

 

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