It’s illegal for anglers to land hammerheads in Florida. It’s time that media coverage pointed that out.

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksApril 24, 2014 • 2~3 min read

On January 1st, 2012, new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations came into effect, making it illegal for fishermen to land great, smooth, or scalloped hammerhead sharks in Florida waters. The legal term “land” is clearly defined in the Florida Code: “Land,” when used in connection with the harvest of marine organisms, means the physical […]

Help the producers of SharkNado 2 support our shark conservation research!

UncategorizedApril 9, 2014 • 2~3 min read

Last fall, I received an e-mail from a representative of one of my favorite companies: the Asylum, the film studio that brought you such cinematic masterpieces as “MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus,” “MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus,” and, of course, “SharkNado.” Following the spectacular success of SharkNado, they were interested in supporting shark science and conservation. After months […]

Explainer: An end to Japan’s “scientific whaling” program in Antarctica

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMarch 31, 2014 • 2~2 min read

Early this morning, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan’s scientific whaling program in Antarctica violates the International Whaling Commission moratorium, and ordered Japan to stop.  This is big news for the marine conservation community, but like many legal policy decisions, it can be difficult to determine exactly what it means. I asked marine […]

No, harassing a shark for fun is not ethically equivalent to scientific research that helps conserve a species

Blogging, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 26, 2014 • 1~2 min read

Last month, I wrote an article for Scientific American that I shouldn’t have had to write. In it, I argued that riding, poking, prodding or otherwise harassing a free-swimming large predatory animal for fun is a bad idea. I do mean “argued;” believe it or not, there are people who strongly disagree with me. In my […]

Thanks for your support of my SciFund crowdfunded shark research!

BloggingMarch 8, 2014 • 2~2 min read

The SciFund Challenge came to a close last night. In total, more than 15 projects, including mine, were fully funded! More than $45,000 was raised for scientific research! My minimum funding goal for this project was $3,000, an amount which would have allowed me to use stable isotope analysis to study the feeding ecology of […]

New “Rescue a Reef” citizen science project focuses on coral restoration. You can help!

UncategorizedFebruary 25, 2014 • 2~4 min read

Coral reefs provide critical habitat to countless unique species of animals and plants. However, many reefs are in trouble, being hammered by climate change, destructive fishing techniques, pollution, disease, and other threats. A coral restoration project at the University of Miami’s (UM) RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program aims to rescue Florida’s reefs through coral restoration. The […]

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