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Helping Hand Trust

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"The artificial reef already contains a ...

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"The artificial reef already contains a lot of fish," said Dr Eric Shaw, director of the Helping Hand Trust. "That's what they were after."

Dr Shaw has ample experience in this field, having years ago pioneered the creation of artificial reefs off Rosia Bay and Camp Bay.
"The reef attracts fish because they feel secure there," he said.

The Helping Hand Trust: Projects - Marine Research & Conservation in Gibraltar

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The founder of the Helping Hand Trust, Dr Eric Shaw, is also the Head of the Marine Section of GONHS. Via this position he became involved with the terrestrial wildlife and is contracted via the Gibraltar Government to take care of the free-ranging monkeys in the Nature Reserve on the Rock of Gibraltar.

The Helping Hand Trust's Projects - Marine Research & Conservation in Gibraltar

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By then the Artificial Reef was already an established feature in the marine landscape and its creator Eric the contact person for marine related matters in Gibraltar.

A Halt to Dolphin Mutilations
In 1994 the calls to Eric were mostly about dolphins: As regularly as once every two weeks a dead dolphin with its fin cut off would be found on the Western or Eastern shores of Gibraltar. In order to establish who was responsible, Eric started to collect data: The frequency, the location, and the injuries inflicted on the dolphins.
Eric intended to go public, but did not receive support from GONHS at the time and thus founded the Helping Hand Trust. The press of Malaga and the UK were interested, and he also received support from a UK group which later became known as 'Dolphin & Whale Watch'. With the 'Daily Express' and the 'Sunday Express' becoming interested the dolphin alert became truly international: Journalists from the two British papers visited Gibraltar - with the papers being syndicate papers the news also got published in the USA and Australia, and the Helping Hand Trust could collect the first needed research money via selling the photo evidence of the mutilated dolphins to the press.
Lady Chapple and former Governor of Gibraltar Sir John Chapple aboard the Nimo. The original crew of the Nimo: Eric Shaw and Michael Short with student Carol.
Tristram Louis, a friend of Eric in the UK, helped in locating the right kind of vessel needed for the task at hand, and also carried out sea trials as well as arranging an adequate purchase price.

The Helping Hand Trust's Projects - Marine Research & Conservation in Gibraltar

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Via our sister charity GONHS the founder of the Helping Hand Trust, Eric, has been appointed Director of Projects for the Gibraltar Government to provide daily care for the Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar's Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Far beyond job description, Eric also set up a research centre; over the years it has been extended with the help of international scholars who came to visit the endangered species and only free-ranging primates in Europe.

Eric and his team of three employees take care of the monkeys' needs on a daily basis 365 days of the year.
If you are a primatologist or student who wishes to research the Macaques, please submit your research proposals to Dr Eric Shaw via our sister charity GONHS!

The Helping Hand Trust's Projects - Marine Research & Conservation in Gibraltar

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The reef's creator, Dr Eric Shaw, is meanwhile a renowned speaker on the subject in universities and at conferences - the first being at the Third Seminar of the Sea 'Aula del Mar Malaga' in 1994.

This was noticed not only by local fishermen but also by Eric, a diving instructor and founder of the Helping Hand Trust. By 1975 he had located some like-minded divers who shared his passion to repatriate the lost diversity.
In a novel approach Eric and the divers hauled down cars to Camp Bay.
While Eric attempted to build a reef, Gibunco was carrying out works at the water intake within the jetty in Camp Bay. The local company used two barges as temporary filters, on the termination of works these became redundant.
Similar as to the motorcars of the day, it was common practise in those days to dispose of waste such as barges in the sea far out in the strait, where they would not get into the way of sea traffic. After some research and enquiries Eric convinced Gibunco to scuttle the gravel filled barges closer to the shoreline at Camp Bay.
More and more marine operators and small boat owners donated their vessels - to make the transaction of vessels a legal procedure Eric paid a symbolic price for them ranging between one and a hundred Pound Sterling.
In order to prevent the occurrence of possible complications, Eric once again approached the MOD. As an ex-military man he proposed to make the 'safety refurbishment' of the Spanish Barges an underwater exercise for the MOD.

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