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 research is critical to better understand the species themselves and through the water-based activities also allows members to study, and better understand, the habitats where they can, or should be found.
Unfortunately, the pressures from overfishing locally and further afield has wiped out many populations of Elasmobranch which used to thrive in the Mediterranean Sea and live in the shallow waters which surround the islands, so finding living species is difficult to do. It is only by in-water research that we can confirm their presence.
Research is a critical 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 on the side cover briefly some of the research activities that we do, take your time and have a look through to learn more.
If you want 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.