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The Thailand eShark Project is the brainchild of Shark Guardian founders Brendan Sing and his wife Liz Ward-Sing. They are both dive professionals who have spent many years diving around the coast of Thailand. After hearing other divers repeatedly complain about reduced shark numbers, they decided that they wanted to find out more and so the project was born.
The eShark surveying method was developed as a result of work on Global Shark Assessment, a project launched in 2003. This system was launched to monitor shark populations. There is a simple form to complete that allows participants to record date, location, species, number and behaviour of any sharks observed. Anyone can join in – divers or snorkellers.
The results of these surveys will be put to good use. According to Shark Guardian:
“The Thailand eShark Project results will be used to raise awareness of declining shark populations in Thailand to the general public, Thai government and the Department of Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand. Additionally, to help improve protected marine parks with the aim of creating shark sanctuaries. The identification of shark species and areas is also an important step in determining the best method for recovery and protection.” *
Even if sharks are not seen, it is still important that the data is recorded, as zeros are just as important as actual sightings.
The project started on the 1st November 2013 and is due to conclude on the 30th April 2014. We look forward to hearing the results of this far reaching survey.
* Source – Shark Guardian