eShark Project – Thailand

eShark Project in Thailand

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eShark Thailand Project

Initiated in 2013 – Shark Guardian Director Brendon Sing and Elizabeth Ward-Sing have been instrumental in the success of eShark Thailand. Equipped with the (almost) monthly progress reports they receive from eShark, Brendon and Liz encourage regular participation from divers and fishers throughout Thailand. The do this by sharing on their website and hosting regular presentations and learning opportunities for dive communities, tourists and the general public. With their energy, eShark Thailand now has over 13,000 records submitted!

Shark Guardian recently expanded their efforts into Indonesia— we’re excited to see what divers and fishers are there. 

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Data used for Conservation

Aqua2In 2015-16, Annabel Westell, an Honours Student at Dalhousie University, supervised by Christine Ward-Paige and Heike Lotze, aims to assess the distribution and vulnerability of reef-associated sharks and rays in Thailand to determine which areas, if any, are threatened by fishing or habitat modification. 

Data from divers, fishers, satellite images, and published and grey literature will be compiled and used to assess spatial patterns in elasmobranch diversity, abundance, and threats from human pressures in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Habitat degradation, human population density and fishing intensity will be the focal threats.

It is expected that the findings of this project could provide information to stakeholders on the vulnerability of elasmobranchs at various spatial scales in Thailand, and to delineate priority conservation areas. 


Project progress reports:

Below you can view the monthly progress reports of the Thailand eShark Project that was conducted between November 2013 and May 2015. Reports include number of dives done, percentage of shark sightings, locations and in some of the reports will also be a summary of shark and other marine species observed.

ThailandMap-300x300January/ February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014 – March 2015

May 2015

Bookmark this page and keep coming back to see more updates as the project progresses.

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