It’s time to get smart about sharks!
The Gills Club is a new group dedicated to connecting girls with female marine biologists in the field, sharing knowledge, and empowering them to take leadership positions and inspire others with their passion for sharks.
The development of this group stems out of a research collaboration this past summer between the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC, www.atlanticwhiteshark.org) group, a nonprofit committed to raising public awareness about shark conservation as well as raising funds for local shark research, and the research nonprofit OCEARCH (sharkweb.ocearch.com, an organization that provides a platform for local scientists to perform unprecedented research on large oceanic predators.
This past summer OCEARCH, AWSC, and many shark scientists teamed up to study large great white sharks off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The migratory and reproductive habits of the white sharks along the eastern seaboard of the United States are poorly understood, as is the case with many other shark species, all over the world. In order to properly protect and conserve sharks, these are key pieces of information that are critical in creating effective management plans.
During the expedition, through public outreach events, it became obvious that there were many girls, of all ages, who were passionate and knowledgeable about sharks, and verbally excited about meeting female researchers! These girls were quite inspiring, and so, the Gills Club was born! We hope to provide a forum for young girls and older girls, to share this passion, their knowledge, and create an open discussion between these girls and established female shark scientists.
Sharks are apex predators, which means they play a key role in maintaining a balance within the ecosystems they inhabit. Increasing evidence shows that with reduced shark population numbers, ecosystem balance is lost, therefore putting local habitats at risk. At the same time, up to hundreds of thousands of sharks are killed on a global scale, everyday! Together we will raise awareness about sharks, and how young female shark enthusiasts can get on the path to doing their own shark research! Please join us!
Join by emailing name, age, and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.