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Conservation

Don’t build a new inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMay 21, 2014

Dr.Prosanta Chakrabarty is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and an ichthyologist and evolutionary biologist. He is also Curator of Fishes at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science. You can learn more about him from his website www.prosanta.net and follow him on Twitter @LSU_FISH. The National Assembly of Nicaragua approved the rights to build a new canal through […]

We need a different economic model for supporting conservation work. Here’s my story.

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Environmentalism, Personal Stories, Science Life, Sustainability, UncategorizedMay 12, 2014

Many years ago, I was offered a job doing restoration work at a coal company while perusing festival booths in Fairbanks, Alaska. Still wearing my college-aged rose colored glasses, I was skeptical of working for conservation within industry, said thanks-but-no-thanks, and returned to upstate New York to finish my degree. Looking back, I honestly believe […]

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

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 […]

Collecting organisms to save their species

Blogging, Conservation, ScienceApril 21, 2014

 Dr.Prosanta Chakrabarty is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and an ichthyologist and evolutionary biologist. He is also Curator of Fishes at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science. You can learn more about him from his website www.prosanta.net and follow him on Twitter @LSU_FISH. A recent piece in Science (Minteer et al. 2014) titled “Avoiding (Re)extinction” advocated […]

Deep sea sharks: Do they survive?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksApril 2, 2014

Brendan Talwar is a graduate student at the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab studying Ecology and Evolution. Hispast experiences in diverse marine ecosystems have led to his current research interests in deep sea fisheries management. His thesis work will take place in the Gulf of Mexico and Exuma Sound while working closely with collaborators […]

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

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMarch 31, 2014

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 […]

Beaufort NOAA Lab Builds Community: It would be a huge loss to say goodbye

Conservation, Highlighting the Rural Voice, Personal Stories, UncategorizedMarch 27, 2014

Hopefully many of our faithful readers have seen the sad announcement that the NOAA lab in Beaufort, NC may be no more. The main reason cited for the potential closure is financial – the cost of maintaining an aging building. Our friends over at the fisheries blog have written a sound debunking of this reasoning, […]

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

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 […]

The science of shark control (and what it means for the Western Australia cull)

Blogging, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 17, 2014

Prof Colin Simpfendorfer is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University. He has more than 25 years of experience in researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. He is a graduate of James Cook University where he undertook […]

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