Bonaire’s Sharks are Subjects of a New Research Study
STINAPA, IMARES, and DCNA are commencing with new shark research in Bonaire this week.
These three organizations, with funding from the Nationale Postcode Loterij, are collaborating to learn more about the species of sharks frequenting the waters and reefs of Bonaire.
Sharks will be studied using Baited Remote Underwater Video.
Nijs Ruijs, an intern from Hogeschool Zeeland, will be working on the new study side-by-side with STINAPA staff to investigate the sharks of Bonaire over the coming months using his BRUV units (Baited Remote Underwater Video). These stainless steel units are equipped with bait and a video camera and are left on the bottom of the sea for an hour and a half and then retrieved. The video is then analyzed for images of sharks–which species, size, or other information that can be gleaned by the videos.
STINAPA is fully supporting research to learn more about Bonaire’s top predators. Sharks and rays are over-fished throughout the world’s oceans and are currently protected by law in Bonaire. If you happen upon one of the BRUV units while SCUBA diving or boating, STINAPA kindly requests that you do not tamper with it.