Check out this great article by our good friend and collaborator David Shiffman (@whysharksmatter)! Our own Director Catherine Macdonald is quoted in here sharing her perspective on human-wildlife conflict and coexisting with sharks!
The team here at Field School has worked in the Bahamas for years. Some of us got our start in shark research at the Bimini Sharklab, or worked on Shark Research and Conservation Program studies at Tiger Beach. We've loved every moment working in Abaco with the team at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization on our "Shared Waters" project studying Sperm Whales. We've been part of research teams tracking Nassau Grouper in the Berry Islands and off the east coast of Andros, and acted as a mothership for expeditions studying the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish with Dr. Dean Grubbs from the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab on the west coast of Andros.
The Bahamas is a place we love deeply, and the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Dorian means that our friends there need your help. Please, please consider making a donation to one of the following highly reputable organizations working to provide relief to the people and animals on the devastated islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Bahamas Red Cross
Global Empowerment Mission
Humane Society of Grand Bahama
If you're based in Miami, also feel free to reach out to us for more information on how you can volunteer to help locally.
We are so excited to announce that our Director, Catherine, is the recipient of a 2019 Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Grant to support shark fisheries research in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines! Our research studies the scale and practices of the subsistence shark meat fishery to provide baseline data on what sharks are present in Vincentian waters and how many are interacting with the fishery. This type of data is crucial for improving conservation of shark populations throughout the southern Caribbean, and relies heavily on collaboration with local fishermen and managers. This project will also collect data on mercury contamination in shark meat across species and sizes of shark to better understand whether consumption of shark meat may threaten human health.
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