Globally, sharks are becoming increasingly recognized as species of conservation concern. Threats to sharks in Atlantic Canada include: bycatch and entanglement in fisheries and, in the case of Basking Sharks, vessel strikes.
At least six species of shark inhabit the Bay of Fundy, but little is known about their distribution, movements or occurrence in the Bay and even less so about the threats they face.
To learn more about sharks in the Bay of Fundy, the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station needs your help and contribution to:
1. Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue. Individual Basking Sharks can be identified based on the shape of their dorsal fins and location of nicks and notches. Photos of individual sharks can tell us whether the same sharks return to the Bay of Fundy year after year and how individuals use the Bay within the same season.
2. Shark Sighting Database. Sightings of all shark species will provide a better understanding of shark distribution and occurrence in the Bay of Fundy.
While most species of shark can be differentiated from one another, some shark species may be confused. To add to the problem, there are also other species, such as the Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish, which further complicate proper identification.
Phone (toll-free): Via Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) Hotline 1-866-567-6277
Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station and WWF would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk for supporting this work.
WWF would also like to acknowledge CSL Group Inc. and the Canadian Wildlife Federation for supporting this work.