Launched in 2015 as the first global survey of its kind, Global FinPrint deploys baited remote underwater video (BRUV) cameras to record sharks, rays and other sea life on coral reefs. We usually set 30 to 100 BRUVs on a reef and record animal sightings in 60 minutes for each BRUV. The data helps us to model which factors affect the number and types of sharks and rays seen across the whole survey.
A Paul G. Allen initiative, we unite an international team of researchers focused on four key regions where coral reefs are common: the western Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Western Pacific, and the Central Pacific. Our analysis has identified conservation actions that are likely to help these animals and nations with high conservation potential.
To date we've surveyed more than 400 reefs in 58 countries and territories, with over 20,000 hours of footage. (Watch some of our highlights here.) The data – and the scientific adventure – will be shared through an open-access database created by Vulcan Inc., a Paul G. Allen company.