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.
Our team recaptured a young female tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) this month when we were out with the awesome Ocean First Institute. This beautiful girl was originally caught by our team on March 15. Since that time she grew 22 cm! Check out before/after pictures below.
Our team had an incredible June with three back to back courses on the R/V Garvin. We started out with our Tropical Marine Research course, during which our awesome students explored seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats while learning a variety of monitoring, surveying, and restoration techniques. We followed that up with two Intro to Shark Research Skills courses. Across these three weeks our students helped us take scientific measurements and samples from more than 50 sharks and rays before before releasing them safely back into their homes. Check out some of the highlight pictures below!
Announcing a new Winter Scholarship Competition! Win a scholarship to join our sharks and rays research course this coming January!
We are excited to announce a new opportunity to win a full scholarship to attend our sharks and rays field research course this January!
Entrants complete a short essay in addition to our course application, telling us about their passion for sharks and what they would hope to gain from participation in a field course. Winners will be given a full (grand prize) or partial (runner-up) scholarship to attend our hands-on elasmobranch research course.
During their week living and working aboard RV Garvin, students will be instructed in shark and ray biology, ecology, and conservation, and will get practical experience with a variety of field research techniques, including the use of BRUVs (Baited Remote Underwater Video), drum lines, gillnets, and long lines. Students will also receive training in how to work on a research vessel and safely restrain shark species for data collection.
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2018. Winners will be announced by October 15. The course runs from January 3-9, 2019. All food (with the exception of one inexpensive "dinner out"), housing, research activities, and transportation are included in tuition for the course once students arrive at R/V Garvin.
Get started on your submission here! We hope to see you in the field this winter!!
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