SHARK RESEARCH UPDATE

December 10, 2015 by dyertrust

Alison Towner DICT’s senior biologist and a PhD student at the University of Rhodes, has been looking at Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias populations for the past nine (9) years in Gansbaai, South Africa. As another year comes to a close we are reflecting back on our achievements with white shark research at the DICT and we are feeling quite proud!

Alison and the team completed the Initial deployment phase of 10 VR2W listening stations, which took place in July; these stations are due to be changed out soon. They have been capturing data behind Dyer Island with acoustic receivers as part of a collaborative African Tracking Platform ATAP since 2013. This network incorporates data from all tagged species along our coastline, not just white sharks; we are always very interested to see who has ‘pinged in’ at our stations around the bay!

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