CCA Skidaway’s seminar on Monday, February 20th features Shawn Crampes, Army veteran and member of NOAA's Cooperative Shark Tagging Program. The seminar begins at 7:00 PM at St. Peters Episcopal Church at 3 Ridge Road.
Shawn joined the Cooperative Shark Tagging Program in 2016. This program is a collaboration between recreational anglers, the commercial fishing industry and NOAA Fisheries in order to understand sharks in the Atlantic Ocean. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. They help remove the weak and the sick as well as keeping the balance with competitors helping to ensure species diversity. Shark tagging allows researchers to obtain valuable data regarding their natural behavior. These observations significantly improve our understanding of the ecosystem’s function and dynamics.
Shawn is a Georgia native, moved to the Savannah area when he joined the military, stationed at Fort Hood and Fort Stewart. He did two deployments in Iraq and 9 months in Afghanistan. He served 17 years in the military and upon retirement decided to stay active in the reserves. He is a supervisor for Carefree Boat Club, a field technician with Osprey Initiative and does volunteer work for Ogeechee Riverkeepers. Shawn plans on furthering his education at Savannah State University in the Marine Biology program.
The CCA’s February raffle prize is an inshore salt water rod and reel aka “The Robert Hale Special” valued at $150 from River Supply
CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Dave Devore, 330-329-6457. For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753. For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Paulette Hamilton, 610-509-0279. Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.