The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) has awarded a research grant to help pelagic studies to Dr. Neil Hammerschlag of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami for his research “Assessing the Cascading Ecosystem Impacts of Marine Apex Predator Declines.”
Dr. Hammerschlag’s mission is to determine the effects of declining populations of tunas, billfish and sharks on the overall health of the ocean environment. This will be accomplished through a series of integrated field and laboratory studies including field surveys, stable isotope analysis, genetic analysis and blood hormone analysis.
The GHOF has previously partnered with Dr. Hammerschlag on several shark research projects and is pleased to once again, support his top-tier research.
“The ocean’s top predators are under unprecedented pressure from unsustainable fishing practices and changes in the ocean chemistry”, says world-renowned marine artist and biologist Dr. Guy Harvey. “Neil’s research will give us great insight into how their removal will impact the entire marine ecosystem.”
This project will build on previous research funded by the GHOF to promote the conservation and enhancement of the world’s pelagic fisheries.
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish. For more information, visit www.guyharveyoceanfoundation.org.
The mission of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program is to advance ocean conservation and scientific literacy by combining cutting edge research and outreach activities. Visit www.rjd.miami.edu for more.