Sharks the focus for Societe Jersiaise

| July 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dr Carl Meyer of the University of Hawaii will deliver an evening lecture on sharks at the Societe Jersiaise.

Sponsored by Moore Stephens Jersey, the lecture will explore how scientists are using sophisticated electronic devices attached to sharks and other marine animals in order to gain an insight into the natural behaviours of these secretive marine creatures and the different aspects of their daily lives.

Specialising in using electronic tags to reveal movement patterns, habitat use and feeding ecology of sharks and fishes, Dr Meyer’s research focuses on the physiology, ecology and management of sharks and reef fishes. His research has addressed a variety of issues including; shark attacks, impacts of shark ecotourism, shark predation on critically endangered species and the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Nick Solt, partner at Moore Stephens said: “Dr Meyer’s lecture I’m sure will be immensely interesting and will delve into an area that is relatively unknown to the majority of us.

“We are pleased that we’ve had the opportunity to sponsor something so worthwhile that is not just benefiting the environment but is also educating and offering a deeper understanding of marine life to the community.”

After growing up in Jersey, Dr Meyer obtained both BSc and MPhil degrees at the University of Plymouth and a PhD at the University of Hawaii before joining the faculty at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in 2003.

Dr Mayer said: “The ocean is a concealing environment and new developments in technology enable us to really understand what’s happening beneath the surface, out of our sight.

“This lecture will explore the most recent discoveries of shark and other ocean predators’ behaviour and we will show and hopefully explain some truly remarkable behaviour.”

The Marine Biology Section aims to preserve and understand Jersey’s unique life and coastal habitats through research and monitoring the surrounding sea and coastline. The section is funded through donations and voluntary work.

The lecture will take place in the Members Room of the Societe Jersiaise at 8 pm on 10 July. The lecture is open to members of the Societe and the general public and is free admission although a retiring collection will be taken with all funds going to support future marine conservation work.

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