Survey created to learn about shark encounters while fishing

U. Mass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass -– University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers are seeking saltwater anglers over the age of 18 to share their experiences with sharks while fishing. The survey welcomes submissions from all areas of North America, regardless of target species and involving any species of shark.

Lemon Shark. Photo by Wilfred Hdez (license).

“Whether you’re into deep sea fishing or fly-fishing on the flats, we want to hear from you. We want to hear from recreational charter captains and fishing guides as well as those who go out to fish in their free time. If you’re out on the water all of the time and have never seen a shark, if you lose fish multiple times a year to sharks, or if your experiences are somewhere in between, we want to know about it,” says Grace Casselberry, the PhD student conducting the research.

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, is open for six months, but submissions are encouraged as early as possible.

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