What are we looking for?

Global FinPrint scientists are dedicated to showing that it’s not all doom and gloom for our oceans and their inhabitants. We are working closely with over 50 collaborators and partners around the globe to ensure a future of ocean optimism, especially for sharks and rays. Results from this project will help us uncover three key areas.

 

Bright spots

Early results 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. These results will be communicated to other fishing nations and Global FinPrint data will be used to help secure protection measures for these bright spots.

Refuges

FinPrint data are enabling 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 discovered 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. For this reason, we will work with local collaborators to share knowledge with the next generation of ocean optimists and those responsible for the protection of sharks and rays.