Reconstruction of diet, movement and distribution of sharks
Bangor University - Ocean Sci
Host Country Institutions:
Natal Sharks Board
This project aims to exploit a substantial pool of data obtained from protection measures that could be seen to be a negative attribute to biodiversity in a localised region to better understand diet, movement and distribution of species that are globally distributed. The Convention on Biological Diversity, section 8(i), states that contracting parties should 'Endeavour to provide the conditions needed for compatibility between present uses and the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components.' Protection measures are an unfortunate necessity of the coastal regions in KwaZulu-Natal, however, the value of the data from sharks caught in the nets is immeasurable for conservation of biodiversity of the species concerned on a global scale. The life history of many shark species, as apex predators with worldwide distribution means that conservation measures require global collaboration. South Africa would therefore be implementing the Convention of Biological Diversity on a global scale defined by the ecological nature of sharks through fully exploiting data from necessary safety protection measures in place in their own country.