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With your help, we’re looking to sample remote reef locations and expand our reach into K-12 classrooms to communicate the importance of sharks and rays in coral reef ecosystems. 


The Global FinPrint project wishes to develop an extensive education program for wide audiences using its visually engaging content. This includes access to BRUV clips and field videos, interactive content for the public such as documentaries and web videos, and educational activities and materials for K-12 students and teachers such as video-based lesson plans.

K-12 video-based lesson plans take students on a journey to experience scientific data collection, analysis, hypothesis testing and experimental design alongside researchers through fun, interactive, technologically enhanced activities.

Florida International University has created similar video-based projects in the past featuring Dr. Heithaus’ Shark Bay research. FIU’s education coordinators design the projects, in line with curriculum standards in the schools, and typically use Emmy award-winning producer-director Patrick Greene and his company, Symbio Studios, for video production. Symbio is actively involved in producing educational videos for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International on science and math for U.S. schools. FIU is dedicated to transforming learning in the classroom and with your help, Global FinPrint can become part of this sea change.



Field Equipment

  • Hard Drives

    Our team needs the capacity to store hundreds of hours of video footage. Each BRUV records for 60-90 minutes. Fifty BRUVs are completed per reef and we are sampling over 200 reefs. 2TB and 4TB external hard drives help us store our data and easily share it between labs and collaborators. harddrive-field-equipment.jpg

    • 2TB Hard Drive
    • 4TB Hard Drive
  • GoPro Cameras

    GoPros have revolutionized our sampling. The waterproof action cameras are great for capturing marine life on film in high definition. They are compact, making transport of multiple cameras simple and their high quality resolution allows our scientists and volunteers to count sharks that may be swimming in the distance. We are in need of cameras as well as sampling kits that include eight GoPros, extra batteries, SD cards, four hard drives, and a charging station. 


    • GoPro
    • Sampling Kit
  • Frame

    Our frames were designed specifically for this project by Valenese Contracting, LLC. to be light, collapsible, easy to use, and transportable.


    • Frame
    • Frame + GoPro 
  • YSI

    Water quality data (temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen) are collected for each BRUV set on the seafloor to help us figure out what environmental factors may be affecting the presence and absence of sharks and rays.


    •  YSI
  • Current Meter

    Several BRUVs will have a current meter attached to help us figure out how currents may be affecting the presence and absence of sharks and rays on coral reefs.


    • Current Meter
    • 5 Current Meters

Sponsor a Reef


Global FinPrint is the first standard survey of coral reef sharks and rays with sampling locations around the world. Because of the project’s goals and potential reach, sponsoring a reef site will help us survey high-priority remote areas. These sites require resource investment to sample and train local scientists and organizations. This sets us apart from many other shark science projects, as our legacy will continue to inform science and conservation in developing nations where help is needed the most. Your contribution can help make this possible. The project’s sampling priorities are currently: Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Indonesia.

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Give Now

Please use the dropdown menu and comment box below to describe your donation. Our team thanks you for your generosity and for your help ensuring the future of coral reef shark and ray species. For more information or to find out Global FinPrint’s greatest needs, please contact Florida International University’s Demian Chapman to discuss how your donation can benefit the project.

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