May 22, 2006 15:52 ET

Pelagic Shark Research Foundation Seminar Scheduled for June 16, 2006 Northern California Underwater Photography Society Meeting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (, proudly presents a very special seminar presented by Sean R. Van Sommeran, Executive Director/CEO, of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation (PSRF), Friday, June 16, 2006. The Pelagic Shark Research Foundation is a Santa Cruz, California-based non-profit Van Sommeran launched in 1987, and is primarily involved in gathering data on sharks found in and around the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay. Van Sommeran has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and other natural history and science programs.

Since little research has been done on sharks, the field is wide open for new and interesting studies, several of which will be discussed in detail by Mr. Sommeran during his seminar and multimedia presentation. In Pelagic Shark research, there are no second chances when it comes time to capture the perfect photo. Mr. Sommeran will offer photography and videography tips and techniques researchers use to capture the imagery required for the study of these amazing sea creatures, as well as display some of the PSRF's underwater photographic equipment.

Pelagic Shark Research Foundation conducts most data collection aboard their own or chartered and volunteered sport fishing, or scuba-diving vessels. Aerial reconnaissance is used in the spring and fall to locate basking sharks and to survey killer whale populations. In addition, the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation conducts comprehensive Long Term Monitoring Programs studying White Sharks at Ano Nuevo Island, California. Through the course their studies and associated expeditions to Chile, Africa, Australia and Isla Guadalupe, the PSRF has gathered many spectacular images and footage of Great White, and other, shark behavior and natural history. Additionally, PSRF 's highly effective tag and release studies and techniques cause no harm to the animals.

The "Pelagic Shark Research Foundation," seminar will take place on Friday, June 16, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. Location: New Vision United Methodist Church, 450 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 -- located only ten minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport. Cost for first-time visitors is FREE.

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Contact Information

  • For more info:
    Christopher Buttner
    NCUPS Vice President
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