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Shark Ecology & Population Studies

Shark Ecology & Population Studies

Sharks are one of the top predators of almost all marine environments; they have played a major role in driving the evolution of many other fishes and marine life. But today shark species around the globe are heavily threatened due to over-fishing. In this course, you will learn more about the shark species of the world, as well as get the skills and practice of monitoring shark populations and contributing to national and internal databases.

Take This Course If You Want to:

  • • Understand the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem, global and local threats to shark populations, and shark identification.
  • • Learn how to survey sharks and the various methods available to estimate abundance and diversity.
  • • Practice surveying for sharks while snorkeling or diving and record data on the sharks observed
  • • Know how to enter data into the Conservation Diver database and also partners such as and the eShark Project.


Other Details:

  • Expected course time: about 5 hours
  • • Requirements:
    • º Attend 1 lecture on Shark Ecology and Population Studies
    • º Perform a dive OR snorkel to observe sharks
    • º Record data on shark observations
    • º Enter data into Conservation Diver and partner databases
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