My permit was up on the 18th of December and my final report is complete, It was a great 3 years of research and I look forward to another 3 years starting in 2019. The final outcome is not what I was expecting, nor what I wished for. On the upside, the shark returns were more than I hoped for. I also made some great contacts along the way. I have developed an interest in the oyster industry here in Alabama. I had first wondered if stingrays factor into their
industry, but after several conversations with Shellback Oyster Farms, I learned that stingrays aren't the issue. It's the Oyster Drill.....hhuummmm......new research topic? Could be!
The tagging report was published in the Journal of Sustainable Environments at : http://www.scholink.org/ojs/index.php/se/article/view/1771 or http://dx.doi.org/10.22158/se.v4n1p12. Printed versions at: ISSN 2470-637X