Red Sea Reserves Authority Installs Satellite Tracking Device on Shark
Researchers hope to use the data to improve management strategies to ensure the safety of both human and marine life.
The Red Sea Authority has successfully installed its first satellite tracking device on a shark in Marsa Alam, as part of the second phase of a research project to train Red Sea reserve researchers to track shark behaviour via satellite imagery. The authority’s researchers, under the supervision of an international expert, successfully caught a shark and installed a sensitive device on its belly, before returning it to the sea.
The nature reserve workers have been trained on the installation of the device and how to monitor the behaviour of different types of sharks. The collected data will be analysed over an 18-month period in three stages, and the data will attempt to assess the diversity of shark sizes, identify risk factors for attacks, and implement necessary precautionary measures.
By studying the habits of these target species and understanding the reasons behind their changing behaviours during different seasons, researchers hope to gain valuable insights into shark behaviour as well as improve management strategies to ensure the safety of both human and marine life.
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