Shark Ecology and Population Management

Sharks are the apex predators and serve as an indicator of a healthy coral reef ecosystem. If sharks are around, that means the biomass of the reef is great enough to feed a healthy population of predators at the top of the food chain. Shark populations around the Hawaiian Islands have been decreasing due to habitat degradation, overfishing, and overexploitation. Students enrolled in this course will learn how to properly identify shark species and sex, record behavioural signs, and monitor and assist in disentanglement. This course is a partial fulfillment of the Ecological Monitoring Program and the Advanced Ecological Monitoring Plan.





$150/day diving

$120/day snorkelling

Discount $60/day snorkelling (Internship)

Approximate time for course completion: ~8 hours and 1 dive OR 1-2 hours of snorkelling