Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Take Part in Global Shark Census

Here's a way to help in shark conservation.

Just received an email from Project AWARE, asking to help out in a shark conservation survey;

Are you interested in shark conservation but are unsure how to participate?

Now dive professionals like you can take just a few minutes to contribute to a global shark census using information you’ve already logged or memorized from past diving experiences. The information from you will help protect threatened shark species worldwide.

By participating you will greatly increase scientific knowledge of shark populations around the world. To date, most of the information on global shark populations is gained from fishermen and tracking of individual sharks. Scuba divers are a vital, untapped resource and key to filling information gaps.

Who can help? As long as you have more than 100 dives or snorkels in a particular area (recently or in previous years) you can help.

  • Fill out the online survey. Information is needed from your dives – whether you did or did not encounter sharks.
  • Fill out a new entry for each area where you have more than 100 dives (e.g. Philippines, Thailand, Great Barrier Reef, etc. The more areas submitted the better).
  • If you have been diving in one area for more than 10 years, please fill out a new survey for each decade (e.g. Coral Coast: 1980 – 1989 and 1990 – 1999, etc.)
The data you contribute will be used in a PhD study taking place at the Ransom Myers Lab at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, to determine the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and no-take zones in protecting sharks.

Don’t delay! Information is being collected now to help complete data analysis by January 2008. Thank you for your efforts to help protect sharks.


The Project AWARE Asia Pacific Team and my good old self, Camille


Dave said...

I would submit reports but writing, "No sharks spotted as the fisherman have caught, de-finned, and eaten them all" probably isn't the greatest info they want to hear!

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Dave,

Possibly not the greatest info, but info nonetheless!

I think they can use all info.