Canary Islands, Spain
The key objective of this project is to assess the conservation status of the angel shark Squatina squatina in the Canary Islands by engaging local recreational divers as a source of data. This information should guide future decisions to overcome…
The Bahamas is home to an iconic marine resident- the Nassau Grouper, but these fishes are in drastic decline. Krista is using DNA analysis to get a picture of the groupers’ population sizes and genetic diversity. This information will be critical for managing them sustainably.
Cape York peninsula, Australia
Northern Australia is one of the last strongholds for largetooth sawfish and it is an important home for other endangered species too. Barbara is investigating the role of sawfish within the ecosystem and working with citizen scientists to raise awareness about this critical habitat.
Samuel, better known as Doc, has been studying sharks for 50 years. He discovered how sharks see and even gave us insights into how they think. He founded the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1990, and has been training and inspiring young shark researchers ever since.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Nearly 200 years after Darwin arrived at Galapagos, Euan and his team are exploring the shark communities of this fabled archipelago. They are also running programmes to inspire local communities to protect sharks within the islands’ marine reserve.
In September 2016 Isabel and the Manta Trust will be heading to CITES. This critical meeting is held only every four years and will decide which new species are listed under global trade restrictions.
Since the 1970’s scientists have been using satellite tags to track wildlife, but with GSM technology- the same system that cell phones use- there may be a better, more accurate and more cost effective solution especially for elusive marine animals. Guilia is working on it.
There is a very lucky population of manta rays that lives at D’Arros Island in the Seychelles. These mantas not only live in a relatively pristine habitat, but are also safe from fishing. This gives researchers a unique opportunity to learn about how these intriguing animals live when they are free from human influence.
False Bay, South Africa
Lauren has already spent a year spying on False Bay’s fish life, but she has many more questions. Armed with more time and more underwater cameras she is heading back to sea to discover how best to use and protect the bay.