12 Mar '12, 8pm

Camera traps go under the ocean, seeking sharks

Camera traps go under the ocean, seeking sharks

Camera traps go under the ocean, seeking sharks Jeremy Hance mongabay.com March 12, 2012 Remote camera traps, which have become a hugely important conservation tool on land during the past decade, have now gone underwater. Marine biologists have used underwater video camera traps to compare the population of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezii ) in Belize's protected areas versus fishing areas in a new study in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. Conducted from 2005-2010, the study found that reef sharks benefited significantly from conservation areas. "Scientists who study tigers or jaguars in the wild use camera traps to count them. It is just as difficult to count sharks in the ocean, so we took a page from the big cat researchers' playbook and deployed baited video cameras to count the sharks," explained Demian Chapman, leader of the research team and assistant d...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0312-hance_sharks_cameratra...

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