Shark research and data collection program: progress on the satellite tagging of shortfin mako for post-release survival and habitat use studies
This paper provides an update of two projects developed within the ICCAT Shark Research and Data Collection Program (SRDCP) using satellite telemetry, specifically a study on habitat use and other on post-release survival. At the time of this paper, 10 tags (6 miniPATs and 4 sPAT) had been deployed from observers on Portuguese fishing vessels in the temperate NE Atlantic. The remaining tags are being deployed by USA in the temperate NW and Uruguay in the SW. The preliminary analysis shows that specimens tagged in the temperate NE moved to southern areas, while specimens tagged in the tropical NE close to the Cabo Verde archipelago moved easterly to the African continent. Three tags were deployed in equatorial waters and one moved to the NE while the other moved SE. In terms of post-release survivorship, 2 specimens tagged with sPATs survived and 2 died. For the 2nd year of the project we will acquire additional miniPATs to be deployed preferably in equatorial waters, in the mixing zone for the stocks.