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Most project leaders struggle to keep their projects going. We are therefore paying small grants to support citizen science projects that contribute to elasmobranch conservation. Eleonora de Sabata was the first project leader who received a contribution of 500 EUR for her yearly Bioblitz event, part of the project Progretto Stellaris, focusing on a large nursing ground of nursehounds (Scyliorhinus stellaris).

A cat shark, Scyliorhinius stellaris, picture by Francesco Franxys Santini!

A cat shark, Scyliorhinius stellaris, picture by Francesco Franxys Santini!

The Banco di Croce, in the Italian Gulf of Naples, is probably the largest nursery ground for nursehounds in Europe, and maybe even in the world. This is the fourth year of this project and this year, the Dutch Shark Society’s Peter Verhoog was there to document the 4th edition of BioBlitz.

Divers mark and photograph eggcases and remove ghostgear, like fishing lines.

A worthy cause we love to support!

 

Marking eggcases in the Gulf of Naples!

Marking eggcases in the Gulf of Naples!

 

Eleonora de Sabata about the project:

MedSharks has been running the Stellaris project – a research and conservation initiative on the nursehound shark since 2012.

After mapping nursery areas of this species through divers’ reports, MedSharks’ researchers are monitoring the largest of such areas: the Santa Croce Bank, in the Gulf of Naples.

With a formidable group of divers, we follow baby sharks as they develop in their eggcases; we photo-identify adults in the area and we regularly remove lost fishing gear from the seafloor, minimising the impact of illegal fishing in this sensitive area.

We also conduct outreach and educational activities for divers, and an annual event – the BioBlitz – where diving citizen scientists help us carry out our research and conservation activities.

Peter Verhoog (Dutch Shark Society) and Project Leader Eleonora de Sabata (MedSharks, Progetto Stellaris)

Peter Verhoog (Dutch Shark Society) and Project Leader Eleonora de Sabata (MedSharks, Progetto Stellaris)

See all Bioblitz 2016 pictures here:

http://www.peterverhoog.com/…/medsharks-bioblitz-naples-it…/

 

More on this project: (www.medsharks.org and http://www.progettostellaris.it/
Are you organizing  a citizen science project on elasmobranchs? Let us know through the form on our website, and apply for a small grant!

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