On Thursday July 7th, members of the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament, the Boston Big Game Fishing Club, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and the New Bedford Harbormasters all collaborated their efforts to deploy the first shark detection buoy inside of Buzzard's Bay. The buoy was sponsored with funding earned at the 2015 North Atlantic Shark Tournament and deployed off Clarke's Point in New Bedford, in 28' of water. Outfitted with an acoustic receiver, the buoy will detect and catalog the presence, if any of the 69 previously tagged white sharks come within it's range. Although the receiver does not provide alerts or real time data, this tagging technology provides researchers, like Greg Skomal, with a wealth of valuable information regarding local white shark behavior and movement patterns. The receivers already deployed within Massachusetts waters recorded over 30,000 white shark detections in 2015 alone!!! Most of these detections were along the outer Cape.
New Bedford's NORTH ATLANTIC MONSTER SHARK TOURNAMENT
NORTH ATLANTIC MONSTER SHARK TOURNAMENT
LAUNCHES WHITE SHARK DETECTION BOUY WITH GREG SKOMAL
IN NEW BEDFORD WATERS