A great white shark seeming to "smile" in turquoise waters, with light filterning through from above, and schools of fish all around
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How do you feel about Great White Sharks?  Help us by taking this brief survey.   

Great White Shark Survey

Public perception is a powerful tool in conservation efforts, and it can have an economic impact for recreation-driven economies.  Great White Sharks are increasing in the Monterey Bay region of the California coast due to a combination of factors, notably an increase in their food supply of seals and sea lions. From a conservation perspective, this is great news. However, human-shark interactions have also been on the rise, including some high-profile shark attacks that have killed and severely injured swimmers and surfers. The Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in collaboration with Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and California State University Monterey Bay, is engaged in a project to increase shark monitoring throughout the Central Coast to get the most accurate white shark counts, to deploy technologies that track sharks in real time, and to develop a public education and safety awareness campaign.

Sunlight coming through blue, clear ocean water, above the camera, a silohette of a great white shark is seen
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Are you someone who has been in/on the water of the Central Coast of California (between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara)?  If so, we want to understand how you use the ocean and how you relate to Great White Shark safety, behavior and conservation. Please take our short survey (3-5 mins).  Your anonymous replies will inform this important effort.


Great White Shark Survey

Center for the Blue Economy

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940




If you have any questions about the research, please contact the Principal Investigator, Moray Swanson, via email at moray.swanson@mespom.eu or the faculty advisor Jason Scorse at jscorse@middlebury.edu.