ABOUT OUR SKATE & STINGRAY RESEARCH
Batoids (skates and stingrays) are currently considered one of the most threatened vertebrate groups. Key threats include: habitat destruction, overfishing, coastal climate change and pollution. As large and conspicuous predators, it is thought that skates and rays play a significant ecological role - helping maintain the health and integrity of the ecosystems in which they are found. Despite this, however, there is a glaring lack of data available to improve their conservation and management within the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot region.
#ProjectSkateRay is the newest addition to our research profile. This project aims to:
- quantify the spatio-temporal variation in batoid communities along a 200km stretch of coastline;
- determine how batoids respond to changes in prey availability;
- determine how batoids respond to predation risk; and
- improve overall conservation and management of batoids along the Cape Whale Coast and South Africa.
Research techniques employed for this project include:
- baited remote underwater video (BRUV)
- fishing surveys
- mark-recapture studies
- visual surveys
- dietary analysis
#ProjectSkateRay currently supports one MSc project, although there is scope for future Post Graduate work. If you are interested in pursuing research related to this project, Contact Us.