FL - Tracking marine animals — dead and alive — is crucial to conservation

Restoring the ocean’s biodiversity relies on tracking live animals — and, yes, also dead ones.

FIU marine scientist Demian Chapman knows this may seem like the “dark side.” But, it’s a very important, often overlooked part of conservation. To protect and preserve living shark populations across the globe, Chapman relies on a wide array of technology to track and monitor the shark fin trade.

Chapman joined Capitol Hill Oceans Week to share his research on the secretive fin trade. He participated in the panel Innovative Approaches for Restoration and Monitoring, which focused on how modern tools and technologies are impacting how researchers conduct their work to advance biodiversity.

He was joined by Frank Muller-Karger from the University of South Florida, Jennifer Caselle from the University of California Santa Barbara, James Barry from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Julie Cattiau from Google AI. Reps. Jimmy Panetta of California and Brian Mast of Florida opened the discussion, which was moderated by Josie Quintrell, executive director of the Integrated Ocean Observing System Association.

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