Here are some photos of our recent course we did with Friends of the Environment focused on shark ecology and conservation. This two day course was inspired to help educate students on the importance of the recent shark ban that prohibits commercial shark fishing and promotes a catch and release recreational program nationwide here in The Bahamas. Further, the course went into detail on why sharks not only help maintain healthy fish populations through the direct consumption of their prey, but the students learned how the mere presence of sharks can be vastly important through altering their prey’s feeding behavior.
During day one we learned about the various techniques for monitoring shark populations ending with a field trip into The Marls to get hands-on experience handling and collecting shark data. On day two, we ventured to Snake Cay to see how nearshore habitats (e.g., seagrass meadows, patch reefs, and mangroves) are important areas to protect as they are vital nursery systems for marine megafauna such as sharks. To help promote the East Abaco Proposed Parks, each student took footage underwater of what they thought best represented why Snake Cay is an important area to protect. This footage will be used in a larger educational video regarding marine conservation with the help of Save Our Seas Foundation.