Thresher Shark Projects Overview
The PIER team has been working collaboratively with several laboratories on the movements, physiology and ecology of the common thresher shark for the past several years. Currently the PIER team is focused primarily on documenting catch and release mortality in the recreational fishery off Southern California. This work is a collaborative project that works with NOAA's Southwest Region and Southwest Fishery Science Center. The funding for this work has been made possible through the NOAA Bycatch Reducion and Engineering Program.
The PIER-NOAA collaboration has resulted in several outreach products including the compilation of a short video segment on recent catch and release survivorship studies by the NOAA Ocean Media Center.
Additional past and ongoing studies at PIER include have focused on the Feeding Behavior and Ecology of the common thresher using an under water video system, as well as NSF sponsored studies that focused on thresher shark Swimming Muscle Physiology.
As with most studies at PIER, the thresher work has been possible through the productive collaboration with researchers from several organizations including NOAA, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MiraCosta College and the University of Calgary, Canada.