Analysis of the Global FinPrint dataset is ongoing and will provide new information on a wide variety of reef species - not just sharks and rays. Check out our publications to get the latest updates on our findings. Our interactive exhibits and volunteer field opportunities open up the excitement of ocean exploration to all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Speed CW, Rees M, Cure K, Vaughan B, Meekam MG (2019) Protection from illegal fishing and shark recovery restructures mesopredatory fish communities on a coral reef. Ecology and Evolution
- Speed CW, Cappo M, Meekan MG (2018) Evidence for rapid recovery of shark populations within a coral reef marine protected area. Biological Conservation 220: 308-319
- Sherman CS, Chin A, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA (2018) Are we underestimating elasmobranch abundances on baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) using traditional metrics? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 503: 80-85
- Kessel ST, Hinojosa NA, Wilson H, Clementi G, Knapp CR (2018) Varied response of garden eels to potential predators and other large-bodied organisms. Matters 4(7)
- Goetze JS, Langlois TJ, McCarter J, Simpfendorfer CA, Hughes A, Tingo Leve J, Jupiter SD (2018) Drivers of reef shark abundance and biomass in the Solomon Islands. PLOS One
- Murray R, Conales S, Araujo G, Labaja J, Snow SJ, Pierce SJ, Songco A, Ponzo A (2018) Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park: First comprehensive elasmobranch assessment reveals global hotspot for reef sharks. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity
Through interactive exhibits we bring the excitement of ocean exploration to all. Visit our three interactive exhibits located in museums across the country.