By learning more about sharks and rays and how they interact with the world around them, show people why these creatures deserve to be saved.
With help from Earthwatchers, Dr. Demian Chapman has already accomplished a lot for the sharks of Belize. He’s teamed up with fishermen and the government to strengthen shark fishing regulations (shark fins are a prized soup ingredient in some parts of the world), and he secured protected status for South Water Caye.
These wins have taken his research into an exciting new phase, and you can get in on the ground floor. Join him for the first study of its kind: measuring how long an overfished shark population takes to recover in a newly minted marine reserve (South Water Caye). Teams will also help track the species of sharks that fisherman catch using fin samples, and will also document the species of rays that populate the waters. Your work will help protect the coral reefs of Belize and the captivating predators that call them home.
From a boat under the Caribbean sky, your team will deploy baited remote underwater video cameras (BRUVs) to learn what’s happening in the water. Teams will catch sharks to take tissue samples for diet analysis; and attach tracking tags that will allow researchers to track their movements in relation to reserve boundaries: a critical part of assessing how well the reserve is working. Help save some of the world’s most fascinating creatures—and visit some of the most beautiful reefs on Earth.