Australia Joins Worldwide Shark Survey

The “Global FinPrint” survey will provide essential data for shark conservation programs

Researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University have joined a global survey of shark numbers.

The three year study, covering more than 400 coral reef locations, will use baited remote underwater video to examine sharks, ray and other marine life.

With a quarter of sharks and rays facing an increased risk of extinction, James Cook University researcher and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries Professor Colin Simpfendorfer said “This research will help better understand the status of sharks and guide decisions about how to better protect them.”

The project hopes to quantify the human and environmental pressure influencing shark and ray populations in order to develop more successful conservation programs.

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