On days 4 and 5 of our recent Elasmobranch Field Research Skills Course we used gillnets and longlines to sample smaller sharks and rays. Our team emphasized techniques for maximizing animal wellbeing using these methods including modified gear and frequent checks. With the help of our students our team worked up and safely released multiple elasmobranchs including a bonnethead shark, multiple juvenile nursesharks, a southern stingray, and several blacktip and blacknose sharks.
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