This is a joint fundraiser for The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Truro Historical Society.
Presented by Cynthia Wigren, President and Co-founder, The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC).
Despite its well-established presence in the North Atlantic, the white shark is not considered an abundant species. Off the coast of Cape Cod, scientists have predictable access to white sharks, but rely on outside funding to conduct research. The AWSC was established in 2012 to fund white shark research and promote shark education. From 2009-2014, Massachusetts scientists have tagged 56 white sharks with coded acoustic transmitters and/or satellite-based tracking tags to examine fine- and broad-scale movements along the east coast of the US. In 2014, these scientists began a multi-year study to estimate local and regional white shark population sizes in the Western North Atlantic. This presentation provides information on AWSC and highlights the results of the research.