Chandeleur Island Brewing Company has partnered with Mississippi State University’s Marine Fisheries Ecology Program to create a beer that gives back! Shark Tracker Wheat Ale is a perfect Summertime ale and with every purchase the consumer is helping to support the Great Hammerhead Shark Tracking efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
Perhaps no shark is more recognizable than the hammerhead, and sovereign among hammerhead sharks is the great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran). Great hammerheads live in warm coastal waters throughout the world, including the Mississippi coast. Generally solitary and highly mobile, great hammerheads are known to make round-trip migrations of nearly 2,000 miles. The largest of all hammerhead species, this magnificent fish can reach lengths of nearly 15 feet and has been observed using its signature hammer-shaped head to pin down and consume stingrays! Great hammerheads reside at the top of coastal food webs and are therefore a critical component of healthy coastal ecosystems.
Sadly, great hammerheads are especially vulnerable to the effects of overfishing and habitat loss. These fish grow slowly, reproduce late in life, and experience high capture stress; collectively, these traits make it difficult for great hammerheads to withstand overharvest. Globally, great hammerheads are considered Critically Endangered, and their population status in the United States is currently unknown. Protecting this species requires a better understanding of its movements, migrations, and habitat use.
At Chandeleur Brewing Company, we’re committed to the conservation of threatened species like the great hammerhead. To help protect great hammerhead populations, we’re pleased to introduce the Shark Tracker Wheat Ale beer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer goes to support great hammerhead satellite tagging projects, which will provide critical data to guide future conservation and management strategies. Join us in our efforts to ensure great hammerheads reign supreme for generations to come.
Purchase Shark Tracker beer in our taproom or your favorite retailers, including local bars and restaurants. You can also support this effort by purchasing Shark Tracker fishing shirts at the brewery located in Gulfport, MS.