Sharklab-Malta undertakes a variety of different research activities on land and in the water in order to gather important data on elasmobranch species. This is crucial to better understand the species, and to allow members to actively participate.
Unfortunately, the pressures from over-fishing locally and further afield has wiped out many populations of elasmobranch which used to thrive in the Mediterranean Sea and lived in the shallow waters surrounding the islands. Finding living species is difficult today and it is only by in-water research that we can confirm their presence.
Research is an important component to understanding the local situation and allows us to better inform the public through awareness campaigns as to the real and present situation. We hope to change people’s perceptions about these critically important marine predators by sharing the research data, and hope to be a part of making the future for elasmobranch more of a certainty.
The tabs below cover briefly some of the research activities that we do, take your time and have a look through to learn more.
If you would like to get involved with the research work carried out by Sharklab-Malta in the Maltese archipelago, then please get in touch with us for more details.