Globally, sharks are becoming increasingly recognized as species of conservation concern. Threats to sharks in Northwest Atlantic include: bycatch and entanglement in fisheries equipment and, in the case of Basking Sharks, vessel strikes.
To learn more about sharks in the Northwest Atlantic, the Shark Identification Network needs your help and contribution to:
(1) Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue
Photos of individual sharks can tell us whether the same sharks return to the same region year after year and how individuals use these waters within the same season.
(2) Shark Sighting Database
Sightings of all shark species will provide a better understanding of shark distribution and occurrence in the Northwest Atlantic.
How did the Shark Identification Network come to be?
The Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station (GMWSRS) is a located in the Canadian Maritimes, on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. GMWSRS is dedicated to scientific investigation of marine life in the Bay of Fundy with emphasis on threatened and endangered animals such as the Harbour Porpoise, Right Whale and basking shark. A short-term tagging project is underway to record the behaviours of basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy, in addition to long-term deployments to record more details about their migration patterns. With each passing year the GMWSRS continues to learn more about, and raise awareness of, these fascinating animals.
WWF is Canada’s global conservation organization. As close to half of these shark species found in Canadian waters are considered to be globally threatened; WWF-Canada is committed to working with partners to address the main priorities (i.e. unintentional capture or bycatch) for shark conservation. To do this, WWF is working with partners from industry, government and academia to find practical on-the-water solutions. This includes working together to increase the capacity of observers and fishermen to identify shark and their relatives through the development of a shark identification materials to actively testing innovative solutions to reduce shark bycatch in commercial fisheries.
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.
WWF-Canada’s work on the conservation of shark species in Atlantic Canada is supported by the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, CSL Group Inc. and the Canadian Wildlife Federation.