We worked on a project called Global FinPrint which is an initiative by Paul G. Allen (Microsoft partner of Bill Gates) that brings together an international research team and collaborators around the world to fill a critical information gap about the diminishing number of sharks and rays (elasmobranchs).
The project launched in summer 2015, with a multi-institutional team conducting surveys of sharks, rays, and other types of marine life on coral reefs using baited remote underwater video surveys (BRUVs). The research will improve our understanding of how elasmobranchs influence the coral reef ecosystem and how humans impact these species and their habitats.
Ultimately, the consolidation of this collaborative global research into one single analysis will aid management and conservation efforts for life on the reef.
In India, the project was conducted at Netrani Island in Karnataka and the islands off Malvan in Maharastra. We are very proud to say we were the ONLY NGO in India to be selected for this project!