Predation Matters

ecology, fisheriesMay 7, 2013 • 1~2 min read

Today, Pew unleashed a mini-media blitz on the importance of predation in fisheries management.  This got my attention because the interaction between marine predators and fisheries is one of my major research interests.  They do a great (and slickly-designed) job explaining the basics of why paying attention to predation matters in fisheries management, and bonus […]

Circle Hooks Save Fish

sharksMay 2, 2013 • 2~2 min read

When you work on the water long enough, you encounter some unique situations.  Whether it’s getting stranded during field work, surviving massive seasickness, having your equipment attacked by hostile sea life, or just seeing something unusual, these anecdotes are an important part of what makes marine science fun (sometimes moreso in hindsight).  That’s why I’m […]

The Endangered Species Act and Marine Animals: To List or Not To List?

Conservation, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, Science and SustainabilityFebruary 28, 2013 • 2~2 min read

Endangered species seem to be coming up around here more often than usual, mostly due to the potential state-level listing of great white sharks in California.  This move has been resisted from some surprising corners, including researchers who are generally pro-shark conservation.  The reasons why scientists might want to oppose an Endangered Species listing are […]

Inaugural Post: Fishermen Are Not Evil

Conservation, fisheries, Focus on NuanceJanuary 31, 2013 • 1~2 min read

Hi everyone.  I’m Chuck and I used to blog primarily over at Ya Like Dags?, where my main focus was on interactions between apex predators (sharks mostly, but I also occasionally dabbled in other large fish and sea mammals) and those other top marine predators, humans.  This was not in the “shark attack” sense, but […]

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