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- Maximilian Hirschfeld
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Based on San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos our project uses acoustic telemetry a crucial marine research technique for the evaluation of marine protected area design, to study the movement patterns of juvenile Blacktip sharks (C. limbatus).
Thanks to the support granted by Project Aware this Ocean Action Project has been incorporated into the archipelago-wide Shark Conservation Program of the Galapagos National Park Services (GNPS).
The Galapagos Islands' marine sanctuary is world re-known for its dive tourism, nevertheless the original zoning design of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) was determined as provisional due to the lack of spatial information on the local biodiversity and is currently under revision by the GNPS.
In collaboration with the newly established Galapagos Science Center we use state-of-the-art technology to determine the spatial distribution of juvenile sharks in their nursery areas, in order to include these key ecosystems into the zoning scheme of the GMR.
Therefore we build upon the active support of local students and the help of local fishermen to work hand in hand with the National Park staff in order to achieve a suitable and sustainable use of the marine resources.
Our project’s aim is to educate and empower local youth to take action and become future advocates for shark and nature conservation.