By Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., NSU Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations
All across the world’s oceans, the shortfin mako – the official NSU shark – is swimming forward, roaming the ocean like no other, traveling 30 to 60 miles per day. Fast and nimble, it chases what it wants. Powerful enough to leap 20 feet out of the water, it pushes the limits. Dominant. Unstoppable. A force of nature.
Like the shortfin mako, our donors are also unstoppable. William J. and Susan N. Gallo, Jerry W. DuBois and Brian P. Herbert of Gallo Herbert Architects and JWR Construction Services established a scholarship fund this past year for NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography graduate students conducting research on the ecology and movement patterns of major game fishes and sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape. The goal of this research is to uncover scientific information to determine the best management and conservation practices for these species, their fisheries, and their ecosystems. Their donation enhances significant gifts from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, who have also partnered with NSU to protect this unique ecosystem.
More recently, another donor established a new endowed fund for the NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Guy Harvey Research Institute.This generous gift will allow NSU to significantly advance research that will strengthen the future sustainability of a multitude of marine fish, including sharks. There is now a universally recognized and urgent need to develop and implement effective measures for shark conservation, and the NSU Guy Harvey Research Institute plays an important role in this endeavor.
If you'd like to learn more about our shark tagging program and other marine science research at the NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Guy Harvey Research Institute, please click here to check out our NSU GHRI website.
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