Turtle Island Restoration Network has launched a research project to determine if a computer algorithm can do what the human eye can’t— recognize individual sharks.

Studying wildlife populations underwater, especially of highly migratory species like hammerhead sharks, has been problematic for scientists and has prevented basic understanding of population dynamics necessary and critical to the conservation of shark species around the world.

TIRN has teamed up with Charles Stewart, Professor and Chair Computer Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic, and Jason Holmberg from Wild Me to create the Hammerhead Photo ID project using computer vision and deep convolutional neural networks.

If successful, the Hammerhead photo ID project will transform our knowledge of marine species and improve our understanding of population size, longevity, site residency, and movement of sharks. Furthermore, using historical photos, we will able to look back in time and estimate shark populations of the past so we can better understand the declines that make these species endangered today.



Proposed Bill Would Ensure Sharks are Protected Under Wildlife Laws in Costa Rica

| Sharks | No Comments
Turtle Island Restoration Network submitted a letter to the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica to support a bill that would return wildlife status to sharks in Costa…

Proposed Rule Could Triple Size of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

| Gulf of Mexico, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, News Releases, PSA, Resources for the Media, Sea Turtles, Sharks | No Comments
For Immediate Release, June 8, 2020 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Turtle Island Restoration Network, joanie@seaturtles.org Anna Farrell-Sherman, Environment Texas, afarrell-sherman@environmenttexas.org  Lacey McCormick, National Wildlife Federation, mccormick@nwf.org  Proposed Rule Could Triple Size…

World’s First Marine Migratory Species Hope Spot Declared Between Cocos and Galápagos Islands

| Cocos Island, Cocos Island Research Expedition, Cocos-Galapagos Swimway, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, News Releases, Sea Turtles, Sharks | No Comments
The Cocos-Galapagos Swimway was nominated as a Hope Spot by Turtle Island Restoration Network Executive Director Todd Steiner (right), pictured on a Cocos Island research expedition with Dr. Alex Hearn,…