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Active Projects

We have a number of ongoing research projects, all of which are highly collaborative and multidisciplinary in nature. To each, we aim to bring our team's unique set of skills to advance our understanding of ocean predators and inform their effective management and conservation

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Improving reef resilience through sustainable fishery management on Diego Garcia

Evaluating the impact of existing recreational fishing activity on reef communities around Diego Garcia and providing the socio-ecological baselines needed to inform fisheries management 


Tackling illegal shark fisheries in the Indian Ocean

Revealing the social factors influencing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) shark fishing in the Indian Ocean and identifying key priorities and opportunities to tackle IUU

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Project SIARC

(Sharks Inspiring Action and Research with Communities)

A multidisciplinary project to improve our knowledge of elasmobranchs in Wales and develop effective conservation actions through collaboration with fishers,  communities and government 


The importance of the Chagos Archipelago for top predators in the Indian Ocean

As part of the Bertarelli Foundation's Marine.Science programme, we are assessing the effectiveness of the British Indian Ocean Territory’s (BIOT) MPA in protecting key ocean predators

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Persistent organic pollutants: assessing the threat to cetaceans

As part of the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) we are assessing the health of UK cetacean populations and revealing the impacts of exposure to chemical pollution 


The acoustic response of coral reef assemblages to human mediated pressure and restoration

Using bioacoustics to monitor the impact of fishing pressure and reef restoration initiatives and explore the application of open source acoustic devices to scale and tailor monitoring capacity

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Biome Health Project

Investigating the impact of artisanal fisheries on the health of coral reefs in Fiji to inform the conservation of these vital habitats and the sustainable use of their marine resources


Developing environmental DNA methods to assess the distribution of cryptic sharks and rays

Assessing how the design and methods used can impact the results of an eDNA study and, ultimately, how these methods can be applied for the monitoring of sharks and rays in the ocean


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