I have worked or helped on several projects in the past, most including sharks, in France, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Oman, Mayotte, Tuvalu and Fiji. My work on Sharks Genetics was done with the CRIOBE and you can find my first author papers references here:
– Vignaud TM, Clua E, Mourier J, Maynard J, Planes S (2013) Microsatellite Analyses of Blacktip Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) in a Fragmented Environment Show Structured Clusters. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61067. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061067
– Vignaud TM, Maynard JA, Leblois R, Meekan MG, Vázquez-Juárez R, Ramírez-Macías D, Pierce SJ, Rowat D, Berumen ML, Beeravolu C, Baksay S, Planes S (2014) Genetic structure of populations of whale sharks among ocean basins and evidence for their historic rise and recent decline. Molecular Ecology, 23: 2590–2601. doi: 10.1111/mec.12754
– Vignaud TM, Mourier J, Maynard JA, Leblois R, Spaet J, Clua E, Neglia V, Planes S (2014) Blacktip reef sharks, Carcharhinus melanopterus, have high genetic structure and varying demographic histories in their Indo-Pacific range. Molecular Ecology, 23: 5193-5207. doi: 10.1111/mec.12936
I spent countless hours observing and fishing (and always releasing safely) sharks, sometimes for sampling, sometimes for tagging, from black-tip reef sharks to bull and tigers. More recently I spent over a thousand hours studying bull sharks underwater, learning about their secret lives.
My projects in Fiji focused on large sharks, and included some work together with Beqa Adventure Divers and Juerg Brunnschweiler.
I also recorded very interesting information on the life and habits of large sharks, particularly bull sharks. One of the ongoing project is to emphasize the importance of proper management and the resulting benefit of well-setup and well-run shark dives.
Those are a few photos from working with sharks – sometimes it takes fishing them but they were always well treated and released healthy !