White Shark Project

This study will increase our knowledge of the abundance and activity patterns of white sharks in the North Atlantic and the best methods for future surveillance.

Baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs) are among the most effective, noninvasive techniques for visual sampling of bony fishes and elasmobranchs (sharks, rays, and skates).

Video surveys can confirm species presence, individual ID, sex, and can also be used to estimate relative abundance. The objective of the White Shark Project is to confirm the presence and abundance of white sharks in the North Atlantic. We will be using BRUVs in combination with environmental DNA (eDNA) at sites of interest to confirm the presence of white sharks. This is done by collecting and analyzing DNA fragments in seawater.