Earthwatch Institute: Shark Conservation in Belize

    Earthwatch Institute: Shark Conservation in Belize


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Session Start: June, July, August, December
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Other
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
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    Join scientists protecting coral reefs so that they remain rich hunting grounds for sharks. Find out exactly how marine reserves strengthen shark populations. When Dr. Demian Chapman and his team arrived in Belize, he rarely saw shark meat in fish markets. But, he says, “This has changed. Today, fishermen are exploiting sharks in Belize almost without any regulation.” Fueled by high prices for shark fins used in soup, shark populations are overfished on an epic scale.

    Research using baited remote underwater video cameras (BRUVs) has already determined that sharks are nearly absent on reefs where fishing is allowed. But they’ve also found a reason to be hopeful: shark populations thrive in marine reserves, where fishing is banned. From a boat under the Caribbean sky, your team will deploy BRUVs to learn what’s happening in the water and catch sharks to take tissue samples for dietary analysis.

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