John Bartolo Show - Andriana Fragola

Short Summary:

In this episode, Andriana (Andy) Fragola, marine conservationist and diving coach with One Ocean Diving shares her passion for sharks, ocean conservation and more. She gives insight into her unique job with firsthand stories of client experiences as well as encounters with escalating pollution.

 

Long Summary:

In this episode, Andriana (Andy) Fragola, marine conservationist and diving coach with One Ocean Diving shares her passion for sharks, ocean conservation and more. She gives insight into her unique job with firsthand stories of client experiences as well as encounters with escalating pollution.

 Also, Andy shares her top tips on encountering sharks and living sustainably in order to protect them. Her hope is that this platform will help people see them in a different light than “man eaters” and something to fear. She feels education, awareness and spending time with them is key.

In closing, Andy encourages listeners that the best thing they can do is visit a safe, reliable place to swim with sharks and learn about them firsthand. She invites you to follow her on instagram at @mano.wahine, and check out her line of jewelry made from fishing line that has been pulled from sharks. 

 

 Timestamps:

 0:20 — John introduces Al Story and thanks sponsors.

0:40 — John asks for you to review the podcast.

0:59 — John introduces today’s guest, Andriana Fragola (Andy).

2:15 — Andy shares her perspective on what she does and how she got into it.

11:45 — Andy shares about moving to Hawaii and the intense training she had to do.

17:30 — Andy talks about her job and how the people she takes out react.

22:36 — John asks Andy if she ever takes what she does for granted. 

24:28 —  John asks Andy where conservation comes into play.

29:14 —  Andy talks about how bad pollution is.

35:08— Andy explains shark finning.

31:30 — Andy talks about the importance of sustainably sourced fish and how to track the fish you eat. 

44:37 — Andy shares about their educational outreach to start awareness.

45:26—  Andy shares about the depiction of sharks in movies. 

49:00 — Andy shares her tips on sharks.

51:00 — Andy shares where people can find her.

53:00 — Andy encourages people not to create or purchase products made with shark products because it creates a demand and is no longer sustainable.

Key Quotes:

“Life boils down to who has the best dinnertime conversation.” -John Bartolo

“At the end of the day, it’s still a job even though it’s the most amazing job I could ever want. But you do get tired.” – Andriana Fragola

“It all comes down to the passion. If you’re not obsessed with the animals, you can’t do it when you’re dead tired. ” -Andriana Fragola

“Over 18,000 pounds of shark fins are exported from Savannah, GA each year.” -Andriana Fragola

“63,000 pounds of dead fish are thrown back in the ocean yearly by unsustainable fisheries.” -Andriana Fragola”.” 

“The majority of what we make is from the tours that we run.” -Andriana Fragola

“A lot of shark movies are not based on science. ” -Andriana Fragola

“Sharks are very opportunistic and are not going to waste energy on what they go for. ” -Andriana Fragola

“The #1 tip is to make eye contact with a shark. When you give them eye contact, they respect you as another predator. You don’t want to look like prey. You want to look like a predator.” -Andy

“Even if a product is sustainably sourced, if you are creating a demand, it will no longer be sustainable.” -Andy

“Squalene is shark liver oil. It creates a demand by creating that product.” -Andy

“Getting in the water and seeing sharks one on one is one of the best things you can do.” -Andy

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