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Where We Are

Map displaying locations Global FinPrint has been or is going.

Key Areas 

We’ve surveyed more than 400 reefs in four key geographic regions: the Western Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Coral Triangle and the Pacific Ocean. Each reef was sampled with 50 individual BRUV deployments which provide information on many marine species, not just sharks and rays. Stay tuned for an interactive map showcasing our work around the world.

Bright Spots

Our results thus far show that some areas open to fishing have an unexpected abundance of sharks and/or rays.

These "bright spots" can help us learn effective techniques and practices that could lead to sustainable fisheries, ensuring a future for both sharks and people's livelihoods.

Refuges

FinPrint data help us to discover areas where it is still possible to find some of the most threatened species of sharks and rays. Strongholds of endangered great hammerheads have been found in the Bahamas, the Northern Great Barrier Reef, Palau and Tobago, to name a few. Vulnerable wedgefishes have been seen regularly at Ashmore Reef in Northwest Australia, the Northern Great Barrier Reef, Mozambique, and others.

The next step will be to work with local collaborators and partners to protect these areas from exploitation.

Hotspots

Early analysis indicates that there are several areas that have an especially high number of sharks and/or rays.

These "hotspots" are often protected areas, or inaccessible locations where fishing pressure is extremely low, and may be the last reefs on the planet to still harbor pristine densities of sharks and rays.

Publications

Museum Exhibits

Through interactive exhibits we bring the excitement of ocean exploration to all. Visit our three interactive exhibits located in museums across the country.