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What They’re Saying About the Global FinPrint Initiative

7/17/2015

What They’re Saying About the Global FinPrint Initiative

7/17/2015

A look at what local and national media are saying after the launch of the Global FinPrint initiative.
 
 
“Saving sharks from extinction may not be the first thing that comes to mind during Shark Week, which is famous for frightening tales of shark attacks. But a new project spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's charity aims to help conserve sharks worldwide, which face threats from human fishing, pollution, climate change and other causes.” – Kimberly Truong
 
 
“Why is this important? Sharks are a crucial part of the ocean’s food chain and reef health, and as we’re learning, when you remove one important organism from the ecosystem it can wreak havoc with the balance.” – Molly Brown
 
"We often write about the drive in philanthropy to address an unwieldy problem with data, and it’s a particularly appealing approach when it comes to conservation and oceans. It used to be that monitoring activity comprehensively across oceans or other vast expanses was close to impossible. But computing tools are changing that, and these tech guys love it." – Tate Williams
 
 
“The idea behind the initiative is to gather essential data on shark and ray populations and their relationship to ocean ecosystems. An estimated 75-100 million sharks are killed each year by humans, many for their fins, so scientists are eager to understand this impact on underwater habitats.” – Michael d’Estries
 
“Data collected for the new shark census could be used to help scientists and policy makers arrive at informed decisions about protecting imperiled shark populations.” – Elizabeth Palermo
 
 
“Despite what you may think if you watch the fear-inducing shows about shark attacks on people, it's people who are decimating the shark population. That's why the census can provide valuable information, and the concept could not be more simple: Drop video cameras, with bait attached, onto coral reefs and then count the sharks that appear on the videos.” – Ari Odzer
 
 
“Data collected in this global census could help scientists and policy makers come up with smart ways of protecting sharks; about 100 million sharks are killed every year, according to a study reported in 2013 in the journal Marine Policy.” – Live Science Staff
 
"So, Why Should You Care? The Global FinPrint project will do more than just count sharks. It will also help to pinpoint shark species and regions of the world’s oceans that are in need of conservation. The data collected will be made available to other researchers, as well as regional managers and nonprofits, so they can determine the most important areas for future conservation efforts."  – John R. Platt

 

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