The Department of Environment (DOE) is playing close attention to sharks and groupers. For several years the DOE has been surveying shark populations, to aid in the better management and protection of the species. Through a Darwin grant, the research has been expanded to include other apex predators, like the grouper, with the assistance of Marine Conservation International.
A part of its research, the DOE is inviting the public to take part. If someone is out diving and sees a tagged shark, they are asked to take a photo, upload it to social media using the hastag #SpotThatCayFish. The photos will be used to help track the movement of each tagged shark, and that information will in incorporate to other data collected.
The ultimate goal of the research is sustainability. “It we lose these species it throws the chain out of whack. We are trying to keep balance and sustainability” , explains John Bothwell of the DOE.
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