STUDENTS GET THEIR TEETH INTO UNIQUE ‘SHARK CAMP’

first_imgStudents at the Shark Camp!Secondary school students from around Inishowen are taking part in a two week ‘Shark Camp’ internship with the Irish Basking Shark Study Group.The unique camp is designed to let students experience what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a shark biologist.This Inishowen Development Partnership funded initiative not only provides hands on training in marine sciences and shark biology, it also encourages young people to think about potential careers in the marine field. The 10 lucky interns of the summer camp are gaining knowledge about their marine heritage and coastal fisheries.One of the key tasks for the Interns in the camp is to undertake training in shark and fish survey methods at sea, and amazingly their first survey trip resulted in an encounter with over 10 basking sharks North of Malin Head.Throughout the duration of the camp the group will also be tracking the movements of a Basking Shark tagged off Malin Head, via the ARGOS satellite system- the worldwide wildlife satellite tracking network.Interns will be encouraged to learn and explore more of their local marine environment and what sharks can teach us about the health of our oceans. By the end of the two weeks the interns will produce a message about what they think the future might hold for Ireland’s marine resources and small coastal communities.Education facilitator Rosemary Mc Closkey said ‘The camp is not just about sharks, it’s about getting young people who have an interest or family connection with the sea to think about ocean citizenship.“Sharks provide a great example of why we need to manage our oceans sustainably because if these apex predators are overfished and mismanaged it can upset the balance of the ocean food web.”To find out more you can log onto www.baskingshark.ie   STUDENTS GET THEIR TEETH INTO UNIQUE ‘SHARK CAMP’ was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:InishowenShark Camplast_img

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