Title:
Shark vital stats
Photographer:
Pete Oxford
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Americas
Country:
Belize
Human Impacts
Camera Used:
Nikon D7000
Image caption:

Caribbean Reef Sharks and sharks in general are on the decline on the Meso American reef in Belize. Working with MAR Alliance, a Belizean, marine based NGO, I was there to document shark tagging for their continued research to understand more of the species. Once caught, vital stats are taken, including length, sex, species ID etc. before the animal is tagged and released. People need to understand how few sharks are really left and how important they are within the ecosystem. This research is critical to that understanding. Thousands of sharks meanwhile in Belize are killed every year on long lines by local and international fishers.

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