In addition to protecting this endangered flagship species, an increase in sandbar shark population indicates an increase in prey species biomass lower in the trophic web, as well as less disturbance by fishers and their boats, as a result of the no-fishing zones.
Akdeniz Koruma Derneği (AKD) has observed an increase of 1.5 to 5.25 sightings per day in the last three years.
AKD have positioned four to six GoPro cameras along the known and anticipated swimming routes of sharks. Data is retrieved daily between April and September. Researchers have integrated AI machine learning to process the data and automate the detection of sharks, which will provide the final variable of number of shark sightings per day.
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