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Shark Spotters attend #Sharks14 International conference in Durban

Shark Spotters attend #Sharks14 International conference in Durban

The Shark Spotting research and management team are currently in Durban attending the world renowned Sharks International conference. Over 300 of the worlds leading shark and ray scientists from 28 different countries have come together to share ideas, update information and report on the latest progress of their scientific studies.

Shark Spotters has a strong presence at the conference, with the project and research managers attending, as well as three research scientists from our team. We are giving two oral and two poster presentations over the course of the week, detailing the latest outcomes of our various projects and programs.

We are very proud to be part of such a prestigious conference and the opportunity it presents to further the global understanding of sharks and shark safety. As they say, knowledge is power, and the research shared at this conference is vital in furthering the management and conservation of shark and ray populations worldwide.
We would like to thank Save Our Seas Foundation for sponsoring the travel arrangements for members of our team.

Oral Presentations:
Effect of habitat type, size and sex on white shark presence within the Inshore region of False Bay, South Africa
Alison A. Kock1, 2*, M. Justin O’Riain1, Katya Mauff 3, Michael Meÿer4, Deon Kotze4, Charles Griffiths1
Demographics of a seasonal aggregation of white sharks Carcharodon carcharias at Seal Island, False Bay: a proposed life-history hypothesis for the western Indian Ocean stock
Adrian Hewitt1*, 2, Alison A. Kock1, 2, Anthony Booth3, Charles Griffiths1

Poster Presentations:
Preliminary results of the implementation of a non-lethal shark exclusion barrier in Fish Hoek, South Africa
Sarah Titley*1, Alison A. Kock1, 2, Howard Gold3, Monwabisi Sikweyiya1, Valentino Simmerie1, Amy Davison3, Gregg Oelofse3
The impact of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) sightings and attacks on recreational water use patterns in False Bay
Tamlyn Engelbrecht1, M Justin O’Riain1, Alison A. Kock1, 2*

All Shark Spotters safety, research and education operations are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
For more info about Coronavirus in South Africa see the government website below: