Deep sea sharks: Do they survive?

Brendan Talwar

Florida State University

$8,500Next Goal
This project was funded on:
24 April 2014
Shark populations are being fished at unsustainable levels throughout much of our oceans. Because deep sea sharks grow slowly and have few offspring, they are particularly susceptible to overexploitation. We hope to better understand the effects of capture on two species of deep sea sharks, the gulper and the Cuban dogfish, as well as identify their chances of survival if released alive. Visit the abstract page for more details!


Budget Overview

This funding will cover the majority of equipment costs required for me to complete this project. Most of what we purchase will be useful for studies in the future as well, so the funding will go a long way!

Meet the Researcher


Brendan Talwar
I am originally from Louisville, KY and have pursued a career in marine biology since I first began fishing along Florida's gulf coast. Since then, my work has taken me around the world, from Shark Bay, Australia to The Bahamas.
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My principal co-investigators are described below:

Dr. Dean Grubbs
Associate Director of Research, FSU Coastal & Marine Lab
My primary research interests are in ichthyology and marine ecology with an
emphasis on the biology of exploited estuarine and marine fishes. Much of my research addresses specific questions or fills specific biological gaps necessary for management of fisheries resources.
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Dr. Edward Brooks
Shark Research and Conservation Program Director, Cape Eleuthera Institute
Our program was developed to increase the capacity of basic and applied shark research and conservation in The Bahamas. We run a variety of research projects and have become a hub for shark research and education around the world.
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Endorsed by


Brendan is highly skilled in handling sharks and teleost fishes, he has been an asset to an array of marine projects...See more

Marine Research Scientist with the Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project


This project addresses critical questions for responsible marine conservation, with clearly defined, realistic goals...See more

Associate Professor of Biology, Furman University


While I worked at the Island School, my two research classes produced some outstanding project posters. Check them out below!
----------------- Stress Responses of Nurse Sharks Captured by Longlines (2012)--------- Interspecific Stress Responses of Sharks to Longline Capture (2013)----

To learn more about past research projects conducted by our collaborators in CEI's Shark Research and Conservation Program:
- Deep water shark research
- Oceanic whitetip migratory behavior and conservation implications
- Effects of longline capture

For a great overview of the deep sea work being done here at FSU and through the Deep-C Consortium, check out PBS' Changing Seas:
- Creatures of the Deep

I do an outreach component for most projects I work on, and film has recently captured my attention as a creative way to communicate a scientific idea. In 2012, my friend Ian Rossiter and I created a short film called The Story of Sharks which has since won international awards and is now showing daily at SeaWorld South Africa! Check it out below:

I plan on gathering footage in Eleuthera and creating a video for this research as well. This can supplement scientific publications as a way to engage elementary, middle school, and high school students in our research.

Project Backers

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