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Conservation Genetics of Basking Sharks - WC05003

Project to determine movement patterns and the population structure of basking sharks by satellite tagging was approved in 2001/02. This got underway in February 2001 and the information from the research will inform the UK’s proposal to list the basking shark on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the next CITES Conference in November 2002. The intention of the original project was to use satellite tagging and collection of DNA samples for genetic analysis. The project for which approval is now sought will enable the collection and analysis of samples, which will be essential to understand the stock identity/separation of basking shark populations.

The project will be important in formulating future management advice and will underpin any future proposal to list basking shark on the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). The project will also contribute to work intended to identify (by DNA analysis) the products of basking sharks in trade to assist in the implementation of CITES if the UK’s Appendix II listing proposal is successful.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Conservation genetics of basking sharks project   (5674k)
• Executive Summary : Conservation genetics of basking sharks project   (36k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2006

Cost: £87,903
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Basking Shark              
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Marine Impacts              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Wildlife Conservation