Around the world these apex pelagic predators are under increasing threat from both legal and illegal exploitation. It is therefore vital that we increase our understanding of the role that large MPAs can play in the conservation of these species.
Using a multi-disciplinary approach of electronic tagging, biochemical tracers and fisheries analyses. I am assessing the extent to which the BIOT MPA provides protection to these commercially important pelagic predators in the Indian Ocean and whether it contains important sites for key life-stages such as breeding and feeding.
I am also investigating the impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and fish aggregation devices (FADs) on the MPA and its inhabitants.
Sharks and tuna are key to the health of our oceans and thus humanity. We urgently need to find more effective ways to manage and conserve them.
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Ecology and Ecosystem Roles of Reef Sharks in the BIOT MPA
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Importance of BIOT for Pelagic Predators in the Indian Ocean