Shark Savers, a non-profit organization, works to improve protections for sharks. This requires information about local populations, yet even basic data is often absent or missing. Divers see sharks the most frequently and regularly and are often familiar with local trends but rarely have the training or tools to accurately and consistently record these valuable sightings in a way that can be useful to shark conservation and advocacy.
The SharksCount program seeks to close an important data gap by enabling divers to act as citizen scientists for sharks. Over time, these sightings will provide essential information about local shark population trends with the potential to improve protections for sharks.
- PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Samantha Whitcraft, Director of Programs
- SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: Shark Savers
- DATES: Ongoing
- PROJECT TYPE: Fieldwork
- COST: Free
- GRADE LEVEL: 18+ years old
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
HOW TO JOIN:
Sign up via an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and be added to the team of counters worldwide.