Rosenstiel School Ph.D. candidate, Marc Nadon, is making headlines today, for a study published in the journal Conservation Biology. As the lead scientist of an international collaboration, Marc and team have spent the last decade surveying reef shark losses in the Pacific Ocean, providing the first estimates on this subject matter. A scientist at the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) located at the University of Hawaii, Nadon and colleagues used a unique survey method, called ‘towed-diver surveys,’ which were designed specifically for the census of large, highly mobile reef fishes like sharks. The surveys involve paired SCUBA divers recording shark sightings while towed behind a small boat. This type of method allowed Marc and his team to capture some beautiful images of these reef sharks up close.
Read more about the survey and its results here.