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PROJECTS

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ONGOING

This ongoing survey is focused on one known basking shark “hotspot” along the very northern coast of Ireland. The population here has been monitored by the IBSSG since the group's formation in the early 2000s. 

MALIN HEAD SURVEY

2008 - PRESENT

This All-Ireland visual tagging project will use sighting and re-sighting data to assess various aspects of the basking shark population in the Irish waters.

VISUAL TAG DEPLOYMENT

2008 - PRESENT

Photographs can be used to identify individual sharks based on coloration, shape, or scars on the body or dorsal fin. This database is compiled with the goal of providing insight into site fidelity and movement patterns in basking shark populations between Ireland and Scotland. 

PHOTO-ID DATABASE

2008 - PRESENT

The IBSP have deployed multiple satellite transmitters on basking sharks in Irish waters, and involved multiple community groups in order to do so. The results of this study can be found on our “Shark Tracker” page. 

SATELLITE TAGS & SHARK SPOTTING

 2013 - PRESENT

This survey applies boat- and land-based watches and periodic plankton sampling to assess the spatial and temporal distribution of basking sharks in this hotspot. 

KERRY SURVEY

2010 - PRESENT

COMPLETED

A marine based youth training programme which brought 20 young people aged 14 – 17 together from across Inishowen on Wednesday evenings and Saturday days for 10 weeks to learn marine science and discovery skills, explore their coastline and conduct science experiments at sea.

COASTAL EXPLORERS PROGRAMME

2018

This study developed a new method for large-scale genetic sampling using mucus obtained non-invasively from basking sharks. Such information could be used to determine population structure of basking sharks around Ireland and has strong potential to be implemented worldwide.

GENETIC SLIME SAMPLING

2008 - 2013

The “Shark Camp” was a two week "internship" program aimed at local teens. Shark Camp aimed to educate and inspire the next generation of marine scientists by teaching young people from Inishowen about their coastal resources. 

SHARK CAMP

2013

A marine education programme was hosted over several months in 5 primary schools in areas with an historic fishing background.


Lessons were designed to link in with the curriculum and teach ocean literacy and     marine awareness. Homework tasks encouraged pupils to explore their marine 
history and local environment. Each class had the opportunity to put their skills in action on 2 field trips, one to a local pier and the other on board a boat to survey for sharks.

MONSTER MUNCH

2012

The first deployment of Timed Depth Recorder tags on this species, this project aims to link shark surfacing behavior with key hydrological, meteorological, and biological features. Prototype tags will be attached to basking sharks present at the Malin Head hotspot by the Inishowen Basking Shark Study Group. 

TDR DEPLOYMENT

2011 - 2013