Understanding the migration patters and habitat utilization of a species if fundamental to effectively conserving a species. Tracking these movements becomes increasingly difficult when working with large pelagic fish that travel where humans are unable to follow.
Technological advances have enabled researchers to track fish and other marine animals with unprecedented detail and accuracy.
Species the GHF, GHRI at NSU Florida, and our partners have tracked include:
- Blue Marlin
- Black Marlin
- Tiger Sharks
- Shortfin Mako Sharks
- Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
- Silky Sharks
- Blue Sharks
- Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
- Whale Sharks
- Bluefin Tuna
The GHF and GHRI conduct long-term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, behavioral differences between sexes and ages, and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery. This information is fundamental to effecitive fisheries management.
Satellite tagging and tracking research conducted by the GHF and GHRI at NSU Florida has factored significant management changes for a number of key species, including:
- Establishing a shark sanctuary in the Bahamas,
- Determining shortfin mako sharks to be “overfished”,
- Mandating the live release of shortfin mako sharks by U.S. commercial fishermen
If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in a satellite tagging expedition with The Guy Harvey Foundation, you can do so by contacting us at [email protected]
Sharks have been tagged in 8 different countries.
Shark Movement Ecology Studies.