Project Description: Evaluating Relative "Protectedness" Across Individual White Sharks in the North Eastern Pacific

Summary

The project is focused on evaluating the extent to which individual white sharks are more or less protected depending on where in the marine environment they are swimming. A preliminary map of the regulatory environment has been developed for California waters, US federal waters, Mexican waters, and international waters. Individual tracks from white sharks tagged with satellite transmitters by our research collaborators are being mapped onto that regulatory environment.

Student Involvement

This project, thus far, has engaged a total of 10 graduate students from CSUMB, including a course-based group project as well as an independent study.

Broader Significance

White sharks are focal animals with respect to many different issues, including their role as top predators in the marine environment and charismatic megafauna that attract extraordinary public attention. However no comprehensive analysis of the extent to which they are protected in the various locations in which they occur has been conducted to-date.

IfAME Principal Investigator

Dr. James Lindholm

Financial Support

Private donations to the James W. Rote Distinguished Professorship in Marine Science and Policy at CSU Monterey Bay

Field Support

N/A

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