- 3 to 4 days
- Project focus
Sharks are threatened internationally by overfishing and the shark fin trade. The populations have been decreasing at an alarming rate and the repercussions of the demise of an apex predator will have serious implications for other marine animals.
Around Malta, research is being conducted into the local population of sharks and other key fish species to keep track of this problem. Whilst there are new protected areas, research is needed to establish and monitor the populations in these areas to determine the effectiveness of the zones. Researchers also frequent the local fish markets to look for shark species. Whilst there, they particularly look for the female sharks of certain species which may be carrying egg cases. These can be rescued and taken to the local aquarium where they will be hatched, and the shark pups then released once they are six months old.
Your group will learn key information to help assist with shark research in Maltese waters. Working alongside researchers, you will primarily be helping to conduct the population research whilst scuba diving along transects. You will also have the opportunity to visit the fish markets to gain an understanding of the scale of the problem.