More large sharks were killed by recreational anglers than commercial fishermen in the U.S. last year

Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, Environmentalism, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationOctober 29, 2014 • < 1 min read • 0

The United States National Marine Fisheries Service just released the 2013 “fisheries of the United States” report. The extremely detailed report contains lots of important information on both recreational and commercial fisheries in U.S. waters, and I recommend giving it a thorough read. I noticed an interesting detail about the U.S. shark fishery, though. In 2013, more large (non-dogfish) sharks […]

Save the National Ocean Sciences Bowl!

BloggingOctober 15, 2014 • 2~3 min read • 2

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a competition for high school students focused on marine biology, physics and chemistry . Through cooperation between researchers, teachers and community members, NOSB aims to educate students and their families about science and sustainable stewardship of ocean resources. Thousands of the smartest high school students in the United States from hundreds of schools participate each […]

Watch the Sharks International 2014 Keynote Presentations!

marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 23, 2014 • 2~2 min read

In June of 2014, almost 400 of the world’s top shark researchers gathered in Durban, South Africa for the 2nd Sharks International conference.  The four keynote presentations have just been put online. Beyond Jaws: Rediscovering the “lost sharks” of South Africa Dave Ebert, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory Biography:Dave Ebert earned his Masters Degree at Moss […]

Background information on our “trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction” paper

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 11, 2014 • 1~2 min read

Andrew and I (along with several co-authors) have a new paper out in the journal Marine Policy entitled “Trophy Fishing for Species Threatened with Extinction: A way Forward Based on a History of Conservation.” You can read the paper here, and view the official press release here (will be up soon) . We believe that this is an important […]

Megalodon: the New Evidence is a fake documentary

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksAugust 7, 2014 • 3~5 min read

So was last year’s “Megalodon: the monster shark lives.”  Both Shark Week specials claim to show evidence that Carcharocles megalodon, the largest predatory shark that ever lived, is still alive. In both cases, the evidence is 100% completely and totally fake. A disclaimer from “the monster shark lives” Video evidence is CGI, images are photoshopped, and […]

Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine

Blogging, Conservation, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science FictionJuly 22, 2014 • 3~5 min read

Author’s note: this post is part of the “Science of Tatooine” blog carnival. Though obviously about science fiction and not the real world, it includes real ecological theories,  and it uses some real peer-reviewed scientific papers as references. Whenever possible, I’ve linked to accessible copies of those papers and explainers of these ecological terms. Many […]

Frequently asked questions about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered shark for fun

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJuly 13, 2014 • 2~2 min read

On Friday afternoon, Slate published an article I wrote about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered hammerhead shark. Since that time, there has been an active discussion about the article and the surrounding issues on twitter (follow me here) and Facebook (like my page here). Some of the same questions keep coming up, so I decided […]

Can the world’s luxury yacht owners help reduce ocean scientists’ biggest expense: ship time?

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJuly 7, 2014 • 2~2 min read

The International SeaKeepers Society is offering yachts for marine science expeditions, free of charge. Marine scientists perform research ranging in scope from global food security to threatened species conservation to climate change, research that is critical to a healthy environment. As with other scientific disciplines, however, funding cuts threaten the future of this research. A recent […]

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