Projects

Gut Harvey Ocean Foundation has provided financial aid for a number of scientific projects and has actively participated in documentation and data collection of more than 12 different projects.

Shortfin Mako Shark Movement Ecology

Short fin mako sharks are highly targeted by both recreational and commercial fishermen because, unlike most shark species, there is a seafood market for mako meat. Satellite tags are used to track their movements around the world.

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Tiger Shark Movement Ecology Study​

Tiger sharks can be found almost anywhere, from the shallows of the coral reefs to the deep blue water of the open ocean. They are targets for their liver and fins. Satellite tags are used to track these sharks around the world.

Project Objective

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

White Shark Genomic Study

White sharks are an important apex predator that often is demonized by the media and harvested to support the shark fin trade. Given that elasmobranchs like the white shark are observed to have reduced incidents of chronic diseases, scientists are racing to discover the hidden properties that allow them to heal and reduce the presence of cancer.

Continue to uncover hidden secrets of the shark genome and provide information that could accelerate the rate of healing in human heath.

Oceanic White Tip Movement Ecology Study

Oceanic whitetip sharks were once the most abundant large predator on the planet. It is estimated that populations of oceanic whitetips have declined by upwards of 99% from historical levels in some locations.

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Whaleshark Movement Ecology Study

The largest aggregation of whale sharks is found off the coast of Isla Mujeres Mexico. IT has become one of the main eco-tourism attractions for Mexico but little is known about this species natural history.

Provide aid and document migration patterns of individuals who annual return to Isla Mujeres aggregation site.

Dolphinfish Ecology Study

GHOF is in partnership with the Dolphinfish Research Programme (DRP) to tag and release dolphinfish through the participation of local anglers during fishing tournaments and recreational fishing.

 

The DRP aims to integrate the public in an international tagging program to collect data on dolphinfish life history, movements and population dynamics. The DRP also advances the conservation of this incredibly important sport and food fish by requesting anglers to release juvenile fish, allowing them time to reproduce and replenish the stock. Scientific data collection will be conducted in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

White Marlin Movement Ecology Study

Blue, black, white marlin and sailfish are highly targeted by both recreational and commercial fishermen and are under intense pressure from commercial longline fishing. Blue and white Marlin Are Both Currently Listed As vulnerable To Extinction’ By The IUCN.

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and other predator species in the same area and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Atlantic Sailfish Movement Ecology Study

Blue, black, white marlin and sailfish are highly targeted by both recreational and commercial fishermen and are under intense pressure from commercial long line fishing. Atlantic sailfish are listed as Data Deficient by the IUCN, meaning that there is inadequate information to make an assessment of the species risk of extinction.

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and other predator species in the same area and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Atlantic Blue Marlin Movement Ecology Study

Blue, black, white marlin and sailfish are highly targeted by both recreational and commercial fishermen and are under intense pressure from commercial longline fishing. Blue and white Marlin Are Both Currently Listed As‘Vulnerable To Extinction’ By The IUCN.

 

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and other predator species in the same area and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape Program​

The ETPSP is focused on studying the ecology and movement patterns of major game fishes and sharks using state-of-the-art satellite and acoustic tracking in the waters surrounding Tropic Star Lodge and extending throughout the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape (ETPS).

Conduct long term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, discover behavioral differences between sexes and ages and other predator species in the same area and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery.

Southern Stingray Survey

The stingrays at Grand Cayman’s Stingray City are a unique wildlife interaction zone that contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to the Cayman Island’s Economy. With increased demand to see the stingrays the GHOF work to monitor human impacts on these animals and have been doing so with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment since 2002.

Continue to monitor the population dynamics to aid in the management of the site.

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