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Any update on the Brothers Islands diving moratorium?

Discussion in 'Red Sea' started by nippurmagnum, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. nippurmagnum

    nippurmagnum Angel Fish

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    Hi all,

    I am scheduled to do a Northern Red Sea liveaboard in September that includes the Brothers in its notional itinerary. I know that the moratorium on diving there was extended to March 15 (today). Does anyone know whether the moratorium lapses automatically, or whether it takes an affirmative action by Egyptian authorities to reopen the area?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Laurie S.

    Laurie S. Assistant Instructor

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    I'd like to know, too, I'll be there on a liveaboard the first week in August.
     
  3. nippurmagnum

    nippurmagnum Angel Fish

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    Looks like the islands have been reopened but with restrictions on mooring overnight — so it won’t be possible for any given boat to spend more than a day at the islands. Seems not unreasonable under the circumstances. We’ll see how liveaboards alter their itineraries.

    BROTHERS ISLANDS REOPEN WITH NEW RULES - DIVE Magazine
     
  4. nippurmagnum

    nippurmagnum Angel Fish

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    By the way, I encountered an oceanic white tip on a blackwater drift dive in Kona, and it was striking how many close passes it made, though we were definitely not chumming (unless it could smell the fresh brownies on the boat).. Definitely had my attention, even if it was just a juvenile.
     
  5. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    As mentioned above, open but no mooring over night. At least on Monday, no sharks either.
     
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Are you there now? What operator? What's the itinerary with no mooring at Brothers?
     
  7. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I’m on my way home after a week on the Red Sea Aggressor. Nice boat and crew, but cold and hardly any big life—when the say “off season”, they mean it. We were at Little Brother on Monday for three dives and then moved on to Daedalus on Tuesday. I think there were a couple of thresher sharks spotted on Monday, no oceanic white tips at all.

    (I meant to say no mooring over night. Fixed.)
     
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  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi @rongoodman

    Thanks for the reply, 3 years ago moored at Brothers for 2 nights and did 4 dives at Big Brother and 4 at Little Brother. I wonder if the no overnight mooring is permanent or not? Sorry your trip was sparse for the big stuff
     
  9. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    From what the crew said, research over the last months definitely suggests that food from the boats contributes to the aggressive behavior on the part of the sharks, so it would’t surprise me if it was permanent.
     
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  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wouldn't you think there might also be discharge of food at Daedalus? I wonder what the difference might be?
     

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