Nature Foundation has extended its “Adopt a Shark” programme to yearend, thanks to continued demand. The programme was launched during Shark Week in June. “It is important that we work together to ensure the survival of our shark population; with the ‘Adopt a Shark’ programme we are trying to engage the community in our efforts to protect sharks and give them the opportunity to be involved in a large scale scientific research project on St. Maarten,” stated Foundation Project Officer Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern. Different tags are being applied on adopted sharks, such as PIT tags, FLOY tags and even high-tech acoustic tags have been deployed on certain sharks. An acoustic tag sends out acoustic signals which are detected with acoustic receivers, thereby giving information on how much the shark spends around a certain location, providing us valuable information about their movement patterns.
News courtesy of Caribbean Gems.