A Paul G. Allen initiative led by researchers at Florida International University, Global FinPrint has united researchers and collaborators from around the world to study sharks, rays and other marine life on coral reefs using baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) surveys - assessing coral reef sharks and rays on a global scale for the first time.
With surveying completed, our team continues to analyze the data, collected in more than 58 nations. In the next phase of the project, the team will use these data to understand how sharks and rays affect these vanishing ecosystems (led by co-lead scientist Mike Heithaus) and to inform emerging conservation efforts (led by co-lead scientist Demian Chapman).
Aiding Threatened Species
One-quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. The rest are either approaching threatened status or too poorly studied to be assessed. We're gathering the information needed to protect these animals.
Our researchers have collected data from hundreds of reefs. Among these sites are key locations that have deepened our understanding of shark and ray populations, inspiring optimism about their future.
Eyes in the Ocean
Video surveys don't just produce important data about reef ecosystems - they also give us a window into undersea life. Sneak a peek at some of the most exciting encounters caught on our cameras.
Thanks to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the core research team brings together six institutions and a network of collaborators.