Great White Shark Research

Peter Scholl scholldesign at
Tue Apr 14 10:33:23 EST 1998

White Shark Research Institute Field Research Program
Research Voluntary Program
The SAWSRI (South African White Shark Research Institute) is conducting
population dynamics and structure studies on the Great White shark
(Carcharodon carcharias). The work is almost exclusively field related
and labor intensive, and recently the research has been expanding into
more fields to complete the overall project. In order to increase the
research productivity, SAWSRI is now offering the opportunity to
academic students of joining and assisting the research in the field.
FAQ #1: What kind of work will be conducted?
The work will be almost exclusively field related, and will be conducted
from our mobile field unit. The field research work includes the
- data collection on free swimming sharks
- recording environmental conditions
- dart tagging
- tissue sampling
- photo identification
- exploration of new shark sites
- radio tracking (under investigation)
FAQ #2: What will be expected from participants?
Participants will be expected to work as a field data collection team
under the guidance and supervision of the WSRI field unit leader who
will be responsible for the participants and all work conducted.
Participants will be expected to give their best in all aspects of the
day to day activities involved with data collection and research on
sharks, as well as within a working team. Participants will for the
period, work completely under the auspices of the WSRI, and will
subsequently have to maintain the protocol and standards set by the WSRI
and the field unit leader.
FAQ #3: What can a participant learn and gain?
Responsibilities will be rotated so that each participant will have the
opportunity of conducting tasks on a regular basis. Depending on the
personnal aptitudes, the first week of the stay will mainly be a
training week in order to be able to work efficiently. The team will be
involved in all the research fields under investigation at the moment:
- Tagging and tissue sampling of free swimming great white sharks
- Handling and manipulation of the sharks while tagging/sampling
- Sexing and sizing the identified sharks
- Record environmental data
- Photographic identification
- Telemetry tracking (under investigation)
Moreover, the participants will have to work and live as a team at all
time, and will also have the following duties involved with the
- Handling of the unit boat and skippering the craft at sea
- Baiting and chumming
- Equipment, boat and station maintenance
- Computer assisted data input
- Shore based activities
FAQ #4: Who may apply?
Biology students and other related academics will be given priority.
People with no academic formation will have to apply and present credits
of similar experiences and/or professional knowledge.
FAQ #5: How long is the program?
Participants will have to stay for a minimum of one month. Subsequently,
participants wishing to stay longer than this initial stage, will have
to apply for a period of supplementary week units (i.e. 1 month + n
weeks). The start of this program has a specified starting date, and
after that people interested may apply to join at any open date. The
team will have a maximum of five participants on the team at any one
More Information?
For all additional pertinent information concerning this program, and
for application forms and procedures, please do the following:
Until the 31st of July 1998, contact:	WhiteShk at
	or:	WSRI Research Voluntary Program
c/o Michael Chr. SCHOLL
Chemin de la Chenalettaz 18
CH-1806 Saint-Legier
Vaud, Switzerland
Fax	+41 21 921 12 79
As of the 1st of August 1998, contact:	WhiteShk at
	or:	WSRI Research Voluntary Program
c/o South African White Shark Research Institute
P.O. Box 50775
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town 8002
South Africa
Fax	+27 21 556 15 32

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