Last spring, we held an ethical debate focusing on a paper called “Science or Slaughter”. The authors claimed that sometimes it is necessary to kill sharks to answer important scientific questions. One of the authors agreed to be interviewed for Shark Science Monday. Enjoy! As always, feel free to ask questions of the interview subject in the comments and I’ll send them her way.
Apologies for the background noise halfway through the interview- this took place during a World Cup game, and you are hearing excitement from people three floors down in the Providence Convention Center. Background noise filters can only do so much, but what Michelle has to say is important and I wanted to include the entire interview.
Continuing the discussion about shark feeding dives started last week by Aleks Maljkovic, Eric Clua discusses the economics of this practice and concludes that a living shark can be worth much more than a dead shark.
If you have any questions for me or the subject of this week’s interview, please leave them as comments below and one of us will get back to you.
I am proud to introduce a new weekly series of posts- Shark Science Monday! Each Monday, I will post an interview with someone from the world of shark science or conservation. Representatives from more than half a dozen countries are featured, covering topics such as conservation economics, feeding behavior, new species discoveries, policy, ecology, and more! Interview subjects include world renowned scientists, conservationists actively fighting to protect sharks, and student researchers just getting started on their careers. Most have generously agreed to answer any questions that you have in the comments of the post featuring their interview, so please ask questions! I presently have enough interviews to last until the start of next summer, and I’m working on getting some more. It’s been a lot of fun putting this series together, and I hope you enjoy it!