Recovery of satellite transmitting tags critical for research
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – December 2, 2016 – A female mako shark tagged in mid-2015 off the coast of Ocean City, MD as part of the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University’s ongoing shark migrations study, was caught off North Carolina by a commercial fishing vessel. Before its capture, the mako shark had an amazing swim traveling more than 8,500 miles in 557 days. The tracks of this mako and other sharks being studied by the GHRI can be viewed at www.ghritracking.org.
The satellite tag, which transmits crucial data for researchers, was attached to the mako’s dorsal fin. The satellite tag has been traced to Manns Harbor, NC and is in the process of being recovered.
These transmitters are used to provide a high resolution track of the mako sharks’ seasonal movements. This shark’s tag was sponsored by the Finke Family in honor of the Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C.
The tags are funded by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF), a not-for-profit organization that conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. “We’re happy to have recovered the satellite tag but disappointed about the loss of the mako,” said GHOF’s Executive Director Greg Jacoski. “It’s important for us to recover tags because of the value they have for our research efforts. Recovering the tag not only allows GHRI researchers to check the tag’s condition but also allows us to refurbish and reuse the tag which is cost effective for us.”
A surprisingly high proportion, nearly 25 percent, of the makos tagged by the GHRI, have been caught in US and Canadian fisheries. Fortunately, with the assistance of the fishermen, most of the tags have been retrieved. Although researchers benefit from the tag recovery, the tag is much more valuable attached to a live shark as it continues to provide valuable data on the long-term movements of the sharks. The GHOF encourages all anglers to release tagged sharks.
For more information about the GHOF and GHRI, visit www.guyharvey.com.
About Guy Harvey:
Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. For more information, please visit www.guyharvey.com.
About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation:
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHOF also funds affiliated researchers working to better understand our ocean ecosystem and educators helping to foster the next era of marine conservationists. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a properly balanced ocean ecosystem.
About the Guy Harvey Research Institute
The GHRI is a scientific research organization based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University, minutes from coral reefs and popular fishing grounds. GHRI was established in 1999 as a collaboration between the renowned marine artist Dr. Guy Harvey and NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography to assume a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and conserve the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from drastic, ongoing declines. GHRI is one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to expanding the scientific knowledge base needed for effective conservation of fish populations and maintenance of fish biodiversity.