General Program Jacksonville: Sharks
Jul 13, 2009
Monday meeting begins at 7:00, social time at 6:30
At St Simons Island, GA there is a team of fishermen who pride themselves on catching sharks for science and fun. The St Simons Island Sharkers Research Team was put together by Tony Burch seven years ago. Tagging at the island began seventeen years ago by Tony and a group of volunteers for the National Marine Fisheries Apex Predators Program. The process of tagging at the island was to encourage fishermen to enjoy catching sharks as game fish while releasing them to aid the studies. Research at SSI is conducted March through November including many different species and sizes with blacktips, lemons and Atlantic sharpnose most common. Contrary to popular belief there is not an endless supply of sharks in the sea. The goal of the SSI Sharkers Research Team, is to preserve the sharks so that they can continue to be an integral part of the oceans food chain.
Tony will discuss sharks in detail from misconceptions about attacks, to the reasons sharks need protections from humans. At the end of the presentation, there will be a question and answer session on sharks in general as well as specifics about shark conservation in our area.
Come hear Tony and enjoy great pictures of a variety of sharks.
Please bring your own cup for refreshments.
Northeast Florida Group
Meeting as usual, at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church ~ 2001 University Blvd. W.
just east of San Jose Blvd., west of I-95 & US-1.
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