Stop Fish Bombing! (SFB) is a dedicated non-profit charitable entity under the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China under the umbrella of Teng Hoi’s charity status (charity number: 91/7402 ). It was founded as a collaborative endeavour by three organizations that have the expertise, track record and networks to make it work: Scubazoo, SST, and Teng Hoi.
The activities of SFB are coordinated by a Steering Committee formed from the core members: Scubazoo, SST, and Teng Hoi.
Teng Hoi Conservation Organization was founded as non-profit making organization in Hong Kong in 2004 (registration number 91/7402). Following the pioneering proof of concept of the detection of fish bombs in the early 2000s, Teng Hoi has developed a series of projects that develop participative solutions to environmental problems that link to education. Some projects are international in nature such as combatting fish bombing, others are more locally rooted in Hong Kong, for example our circular food economy programme.
Scubazoo (SZ) is a Malaysian registered and FINAS-licensed company incorporated in 1997. Based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, SZ is both production company and turnkey filming services provider for broadcast programming, specialising in marine and jungle locations in South East Asia.
SST Inc is a technology company based in Silicon Valley, California. SST developed the award winning ShotSpotter system that is now at the forefront of law enforcement for gun crime in the USA. ShotSpotter’s systems can be adapted for the detection of underwater explosions from fish bombs using a network of hydrophones to replace microphones.
The Prezi below provides some background to how the Stop Fish Bombing! organization came together. (On Apple mobile devices that don’t play Flash videos, you will need to install the Prezi Viewer app from the App Store to see the animation.)
Marine ecology is still an important part of his technical expertise tool kit, but over the last ten years Simon has also been deeply involved in environmental impact assessment and management, sustainable development and ecological conservation and management.
He holds degrees in zoology (BA), coastal zone management (MSc) and coral reef ecology (PhD), and is co-founder and technical director of Five Oceans Environmental Services LLC, an environmental consultancy with offices in Muscat, Dubai and UK.
The collaboration with Shotspotter and Scubazoo in the formation of Stop Fish Bombing! in 2015, some 21 years after conception of blast detection is a great coming of age present welcomed by George and everyone involved in finally gaining traction in tackling the woeful problem of blast fishing. George’s background and experience in science, education and leading an environmental NGO will help to drive Stop Fish Bombing! towards its ultimate goal.
Engineer, scientist, and teacher, Dr. Robert L. Showen attended San Jose State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Rice University. He obtained degrees in electrical engineering and space physics and won a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute. He has taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, performed experiments to heat the ionosphere at the world’s largest RADAR, participated in the development of over-the-horizon RADAR at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere.
Presently he is writing patents for SST, pursuing technical developments especially involving acoustics, and working on “Stop Fish Bombing!” This is a collation seeking to end this destruction practice which is destroying the world’s tropical reefs. The technical effort will substitute the ShotSpotter sensor microphones with hydrophones and allow location of the underwater blasts enabling marine police to suppress this all-too-common activity.
Continuously planning SZ’s growth and direction developing multiple opportunities and creating strategic partnerships with like-minded individuals and companies everywhere Simon goes his relentless drive and passion have led to SZ becoming a leading media force bringing conservation stories to a global audience. Empowered and excited by the ‘new digital age’ firmly believing today’s ‘Blue’ HAS to be tomorrow’s ‘Green’ with ‘plenty still to save’ Simon’s utterly committed to bringing ‘Whole Stories’ of our Natural world to every TV and smart phone on the planet with SZ.
And what better story to lead with than Stop Fish Bombing (SFB) – the ULTIMATE ‘Sabah-boleh’ project Simon believes SFB is a ‘potential global game-changer in the making’. After 70+ years of heinous senseless destructive human fishing activity across the globe Sabah has the opportunity to lead the way. That said, Simon also knows that at the same time as kick-starting SFB in Sabah sustainable alternatives MUST be offered to fish-bombers. Indeed, saving Sabah’s reefs while supporting fish-bombers, enabling them to live with dignity really is the ONLY way.
In 2003, Clark devoted himself to the pursuit of earthquake forecasting 1–4 weeks in advance of the big event, and published several papers on seismo-magnetic effects. He has developed embedded control software for systems deployed worldwide, and has led many product developments in analytical and political outreach for governmental and commercial entities.
In 2005 he was awarded the “Spot Beam Award” from the California Space Authority, and in 2013 the “Champions of Change” award from the White House. He lives in Northern California, and pursues the art of volleyball, rock climbing, and trying to impress his loved one Kathryn (and her cats Butters and Lil’P), with his culinary experiments in the kitchen.
Terence was one of Scubazoo’s (SZ) Operations Directors and he has been involved with SZ managing multiple TV shoots including UK’s Survivor series in Pulau Tiga, US’ Survivor series in Thailand and Conquest of the Skies, 3D with Sir David Attenborough since its inception in 1997.
Having been Deputy GM of SDC Lodges, Sipadan Dive Centre S/B, Bukit Melapi Proboscis Lodge and Pulau Tiga Resort, Operations Manager at Gayana Eco Resort and Bunga Raya and Spa Resort, Operations Officer on Sipadan Princess luxury yacht Terence has been heavily involved with Sabah’s marine tourism industry all his working life. Also a Level 3 Scuba Intructor with the National Dive League + been scuba diving around Sabah’s incredible coral reefs for more than 25 years Terence is acutely aware of the prevalence of fish bombing in Sabah waters.
As Chairperson for the Semporna Resort Operator Association and a committee member for the Kinabatangan Tourist Association together with his unique experience Terence is perfectly placed to advise and co-ordinate the overall implementation of SFB in Sabah’s waters closely with the Government and all other key parties.