Saturday, February 07, 2009

International Year of the Shark - Fiji: Lecture!

Pic: Alexander Safonov

Remember Juerg?

He's currently here in Fiji where we're busy Radio and Satellite tagging, plus DNA sampling!
Plus, John the Renaissance Man is adding more species every day: 412 and counting, and this without ichtyocides - yet! To the Butterflyfish counters among you: every species known from Fiji is right there on Shark Reef!
Talk about fast and furious action!

Juerg has kindly agreed to give this public lecture about his latest findings:
  • Venue: USP Marine Studies lecture theater, Lower Campus
  • Date: February 9, 2009
  • Time: 5pm
  • Subject: An integrated Approach to studying Bull Shark Behavior and Ecology in the South Pacific: The Bull Shark Tagging Programme
Synopsis:

Bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) are widespread along the continental coasts of all tropical and subtropical seas but also occur around remote island states far away from continental waters. They are often found close inshore in shallow water which makes them readily accessible for scientific study.

The Bull Shark Tagging Programme started in 2003 with a pilot study in the Bahamas to test the feasibility of studying movement patterns and habitat use of bull sharks with state-of-the-art pop-up satellite archival tags. Since 2004 the project's main field site is located in Shark Reef Marine Reserve off the southern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji, where the behaviour and ecology of bull sharks is investigated using direct and indirect observational and monitoring techniques and tools.

You and your friends are cordially invited to attend.
Looking forward to meeting you there!

1 comment:

Shark Diver said...

I hope you guys are doing video of this and posting it on You Tube?

A complete format would be a no go but a series like TED would work nicely for the rest of us. Just a thought.