To understand the population structure and reproductive behavior of Angel Sharks in the Canary Islands and investigate the connectivity of populations between islands and the rest of the range.
Over the last 4 years, the Angel Shark Project has gathered tissue samples from the Canary Islands, the East Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, to find out more about the this Critically Endangered species. The analysis is being conducted collaboratively with Dr. Kevin Feldheim at the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.
In particular, we are focussing on providing robust data to feed into the East Atlantic and Mediterranean Angel Shark Conservation Strategy, thus it is vital to understand whether the Canary Islands represent an isolated population.
A second focus on the project is understanding the connectivity between the islands. Previous results suggest that there is a possibility that some geographical elements of certain islands might isolate populations. Our genetic analysis will compare samples from different islands and localities.
Finally the third focus of this project is to explore the reproductive behavior and population structure at two key nursery areas.