June 2019 — Shark Tagging


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Delaware Bay is an important area for sandbar sharks, and expanded use of new technology has revealed that other species frequent the ocean offshore of Delaware’s beaches. The University of Delaware’s Aaron Carlisle is among those tagging sharks with various kinds of recorders and transmitters allow researchers to learn about where they go and what they do. This month’s Sea Talk explains how the devices work and help us learn more about these fascinating animals.

Notable Dates:

June 8 — The United Nations officially created World Oceans Day starting 10 years ago, but many countries had been celebrating the water that unites the world since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janiero, where the idea was introduced by Ocean Institutes of Canada. This year’s event focuses on Gender and the Ocean, seeking to promote gender equity in all aspects of marine resource use, research and policy making.

June 15 — A week later is the privately organized Global Wind Day, created by the WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council to spread information about using wind for electricity generation. Studies at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment have shown wind resources off the northeast United States could provide the Mid-Atlantic with 35 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 10 million homes.

June 24 — Delaware Sea Grant, the Delaware and Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserves, and their parent agency the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is holding a Climate Change Academy for Educators to help teachers learn how to best communicate climate change information in their classrooms.