Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen Launches Shark Conservation Project

Paul Allen, philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft along with Bill Gates, has announced his plan to donate four million dollars ($4 million) on a project which aims for worldwide shark consensus. Titled ‘Global FinPrint’ is set to start next month (August) and is financially backed by Vulcan Inc, the comoany of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. ‘Baited remote underwater video camera’, or BRUV will be used to take close up and personal shots of the sharks to create a data set of sharks worldwide.

This new project, the Global FinPrint project, is expected to “help inform more effective conservation efforts”.

“A recent worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature report indicated that we don’t have the data we need to accurately assess the current population status for almost half of shark and ray species”, said Dune Ives, senior director of philanthropy at Paul G. “Results from Global FinPrint will provide critical trend analyses and establish baselines in places that have never before been systematically assessed”.

A few specific non-explored areas include the tropical western Atlantic, the Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean islands and southern and eastern Africa, Heithaus added. Chapman said that the project will help solve one of the “ocean’s great mysteries: What is happening with fragile marine ecosystems when sharks are removed?”

Taking a cue from terrestrial animal surveys, marine researchers and conservationists are gearing up to “camera trap” sharks to take an accurate of count of their global numbers. “But it will give us a relative idea of how many sharks are in different areas, which places have healthy populations, which are areas that are of big concern”.

Shark expert Mike Heithaus, over at the Florida global University, gave a statement sharing that they play a key role in keeping the population of turtles and sea cows from getting out of control and devouring the entire shrimp population. These are hugely important questions.

Other scholars involved hail from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. His company, Vulcan, will provide the open-access database platform so researchers can share and use info to better understand and hopefully protect shark habitats. “Many countries rely on healthy coral reefs for food security, tourism and coastal protection”. Results will be available in the summer of 2018.

The sea creatures, play an important part of this ecosystem. They are a large group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head.They usually have multiple layers of teeth – around 30, 000 in total – and these teeth undergo replacement once every 8 to 10 days to several months.


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