Nocturnal BRUV Deployment and Shark Tagging
DISCOVERY Vessel M-Powered
Biscayne Bay, FL
November 14-15, 2020
On November 14th and 15th, 2020, The International SeaKeepers Society assisted the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Shark Research and Conservation lab (SRC) in conducting field research in the waters of Biscayne Bay, FL aboard DISCOVERY Vessel M-Powered, a 24’ Sailfish center console. SRC members, Gaitlyn Malone, Abby Tinari, and Samantha Orndorff conducted a series of BRUV deployments in three sites just north of the Rickenbacker Causeway on the night of November 14th, and again near Elliott Key on the night of November 15th.
This project investigates the impact that increased urbanization and associated human activity has on fish feeding behavior. In addition to the BRUV deployments, we were able to include shark tagging on these outings as well. Abby Tinari’s research goals include analyzing the melatonin levels in sharks at night.