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State of the Field: Is catch-and-release fishing harmful to sharks?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, State of the FieldFebruary 8, 2011

In the wake of the new Marianas Islands shark conservation law, a debate has been raging on the shark ┬álistservs. The law wouldn’t have been possible without support from several local recreational fishermen- people who often take tourists catch-and-release fishing for sharks. “When I heard of your effort in Hawaii to ban the sale,trade and […]

State of the Field: Too big, too small, just right – the Goldilocks Conundrum of Conservation

geography, Science, Social Science, State of the FieldJanuary 25, 2011

Scale seems like a simple term with a simple definition, a concept certainly not up for debate. Well, digging just a little deeper we find that the nuances of a term that is used in almost every discipline make it important to make sure everyone’s on the same page. Furthermore, it’s important to make sure […]

State of the Field: Modergasm – The flaccid finality of modern erections

geography, policy, Social Science, State of the FieldJanuary 18, 2011

Effective management of any landscape or seascape must attend to context such as unique attributes of the ecosystem, local cultural values and norms, and broader governance constructs. Conservation managers often joke that the best way to incorporate this context is to install a benevolent dictator at the helm. His or her role would be to […]

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