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ANGARI Foundation Introduces South Florida Teachers to Shark Science and Research

On June 20th, 2023 public middle and high school science teachers from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties were introduced to ANGARI Foundation’s hands-on shark research and education program in collaboration with Florida International University (FIU) scientists, known as Coastal Ocean Explorers: Sharks (COE: Sharks).

Eleven teachers boarded R/V ANGARI at Miami Beach Marina to experience ANGARI’s COE: Sharks program firsthand as part of the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute’s (UF TESI) Immersive Environmental Education Fellowship. This teacher fellowship opportunity was part of a weeklong program combining outdoor educational field experiences with active science learning to bolster Earth and environmental science teaching in the classroom. The fellowship also provides participating teachers with educational resources, standards-aligned lessons, a community of learning and access to science experts to share with their students and schools.

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A teacher prepares to release the bait for drumline fishing.
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A teacher helps deploy a drumline from onboard R/V ANGARI.

ANGARI’s COE: Sharks program features expedition days on the water aboard the Foundation’s 65-foot research vessel, R/V ANGARI, for educators and youth ages 12 to 18 throughout the year. On Tuesday, June 20th the UF TESI teacher fellows and scientist mentors boarded R/V ANGARI for a day of science-at-sea, where they received instruction and training in relevant marine science field methods and ecological concepts while working side-by-side with FIU scientists to fish for and study sharks in support of shark research and conservation.

For more info and photos, visit the R/V ANGARI expedition page.

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A teacher and FIU scientist work together to deploy the drumline floats. These are the final portion of the gear and help mark the location of the drumline for recovery after soaking.
Laura Jessop

Laura Jessop

I am an ocean enthusiast that has worked previously and continue to help at Local Ocean Conservation which is a non-profit organisation based in Kenya. I helped with the efforts of protecting sea turtles that have been caught as by-catch in the Indian Ocean. I help them digitalise and manage over 20 years worth of data that they have collected. Currently I am a remote intern here at ANGARI and very excited to help with the amazing work they conduct.

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