Project Officer Ed Wright recently attended the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow representing the SSTP. On Sunday the 17th he presented to the audience of a academics, students and NGO’s a talk entitled: A European Shark Tagging Programme: The importance of Volunteers in Shark Research and Conservation.
The talk aimed to celebrate the fantastic work of our volunteer sea anglers and to describe some of the amazing successes we have achieved through their tagging, from facilitating three separate PhD projects to helping confirm site fidelity in the Common Skate and successfully proposing a Marine Protected Area for their conservation.
In addition, Ed talked about future plans for the charity such as collaborative work with others such the Dutch Shark Tagging
Programme and importantly sharing our vision for a united European tagging programme.
The talk was well received at the conference and we were proud to have been able to present. In addition, the SSTP’s first project Officer, and current PhD student at Aberdeen University, was presenting his poster on winter residency and site fidelity in the critically endangered spiny dogfish.