HARMONISED GREY NURSE SHARK CENSUS
AUSTRALIA'S FIRST HARMONISED
GREY NURSE SHARK CENSUS
Saturday March 18
The Census is being conducted by 23 commercial dive operations who offer Grey Nurse Shark diving. This census will include most of the known aggregation sites along the East Coast of Australia from Wolf Rock in Queensland to Montague Island in NSW. Many private divers will also be involved in the census.
The positive outcome will be a “Head Count” of the GNS at the known aggregation sites, giving an indication of current GNS numbers along our East Coast. This Citizen Science initiative will build, over time, to be conducted 4 times a year - allowing for the movement of our GNS throughout their migration range.
Legendary diver and supporter Valerie Taylor will attend the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival on Bondi Beach on Sunday, March 19th to announce the initial results of the first ever census.
We plan, after this initial census, to have divers upload photos of the GNS to a Shark ID website allowing identification and tracking of individual animals. This information will be invaluable to help piece together the GNS migration routes, mating and “pupping” sites to start putting the “jigsaw” together.
This program will help raise knowledge and awareness of these beautiful sharks and the appalling risks to our GNS population. Plans are underway to form an organisation representing all Grey Nurse Shark dive tourism operators, private citizens and divers to get a stronger voice for protection (Marine Sanctuaries) of the know aggregation sites and migration routes. Coordinated research, management and protection is essential to the Grey Nurse Sharks' survival.
HOW TO PARTCIPATE
Book to dive with one of the GNS dive operators on Saturday 18th March 2023. Private divers with their own boat are welcome to participate - please email Captain Gordon Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org before 18th March to find out what information is required.