A successful day trip onboard R/V ANGARI tagging sharks off West Palm Beach with Shark Research at University of Miami, OceanLED, and YACHTSIGN.
About the Expedition:
R/V ANGARI welcomed researchers from the Shark Research and Conservation Program at the University of Miami for a shark tagging expedition right off the coast of West Palm Beach, FL. In addition to the scientists, representatives from industry vendors that played a role in the vessel refit were invited onboard. During the day trip, two bull sharks and one great hammerhead shark were captured, tagged, and released. It was a great learning experience for everyone onboard, and the citizen scientists left with a new respect and enthusiasm for shark conservation and research.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. He also serves as Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami. His current research projects include investigating interactions between sharks and their prey, identifying shark critical habitats, examining the effects of urbanization on shark movement and health, evaluating effects of ecotourism and fishing capture stress on shark behavior and physiology, examining the ecosystem impacts of overfishing and also evaluating how sharks may respond to climate change stressors.