Sharks, rays and skates are suffering from habitat loss and are declining at a rapid pace, but knowledge of populations of many species is limited due to a lack of research. To learn more about these magnificent apex predators, the Nationale Postcode Lotterij funded the ‘Save Our Sharks’ project in the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean to educate and inform the public about sharks and rays, work together with fishermen and conduct research.
In this research report, we present the preliminary results of the research conducted by STINAPA Bonaire and Wageningen Marine Research in Bonaire using Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) surveys and citizen science diving observations on the East and West coasts of Bonaire. Caribbean reef sharks, Nurse sharks, Great hammerheads, Southern stingrays, Spotted Eagle Rays and Mantas were observed and many more observations occurred on the East coast than the West coast.
For more details on the methods, numbers and locations, download the report and read at your leisure.