OCEARCH -Fund Critical Shark Research with Open Sourced Data
We lose about 200,000 sharks a day; up to 100 million a year. As apex predators of the ocean, sharks help manage healthy ocean systems. The current problem we face in shark conservation is that we do not have the necessary data to understand the migratory patterns of our ocean’s apex predators, mating and birth sites – the locations we need to protect.
As a non-profit organization who has been at the forefront of marine science and shark research for 9 years, we’ve collaborated with researchers, institutions, and government agencies around the world to track, study, and monitor large sharks and the ecosystems they steward.
For the first time, OCEARCH and its team of collaborating scientists will be tagging juvenile White Sharks out of New York waters. The data will build on the ongoing research and previous findings from Great White Sharks Mary Lee, Lydia, Katharine, Betsy, and Genie; and will allow us to complete the sample size necessary to draft the first scientific findings for the North Atlantic White Shark.
That’s where you come in.
Donate to our Kickstarter and help us fund our next expedition this summer, off Long Island, NY.
Thus far, OCEARCH has donated 24 expeditions to over 113 researchers from 59 institutions, providing safe access to mature sharks representing multiple threatened species, while open sourcing the data on the Global Shark Tracker to 2.3 million users, in 2015. Our mission is to shift the tone of the conversation around sharks from fear to one of curiosity and fascination.
During Expedition New York we will tag more Great White Sharks that the world will be able to follow on the Global Shark Tracker, which is a free app. Replace image of tracker with attached screen shot.
Our Global Shark Tracker constantly pings the location of your favorite Sharks, whenever and wherever, in real-time.
OCEARCH open sources and shares data, in near-real time for free to the public through the Global Shark Tracker, enabling students and the public to learn alongside PhDs. OCEARCH's mission is to educate the public, while inspiring the next generation of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean.
By open sourcing the data and allowing the community to follow along, we’ve enabled a level of engagement, which has shifted the tone of the conversation around sharks from fear to one of curiosity and fascination.
OCEARCH enables the brightest scientists in the world by giving them approximately 15 minutes of access to live, mature great white sharks (and other species) to conduct up to 12 studies, including tagging and sampling. The data collected is used to identify the migration and critical habitats for the species.
Risks and challenges
There is a risk that even with the funding, extraordinary situations may arise that would make us reschedule or cancel our expedition. We have NO plans to do this, but it is always a risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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