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Was CITES COP16 a game-changer for online outreach at wildlife management meetings?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 18, 2013

As 16th Conference of the Parties of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES COP16, pronounced sight-eze) comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on something that made this meeting unlike almost any other wildlife conservation and management meeting in history. Yes, history was made as delegates voted to list commercially exploited […]

A guide to following shark conservation proposals at CITES on twitter

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 5, 2013

Right now, delegates from 178 countries are meeting in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss a variety of conservation proposals. At the 16th CITES Conference of the Parties, among many other worthy topics, delegates will be debating a record-number of shark and ray proposals. These include iconic species like hammerhead sharks (3 species) and manta rays (2 […]

Breaking News! “Most Comprehensive Estimate of Mortality”: Between 63 and 273 Million Sharks Killed Each Year

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 1, 2013

A new study* has estimated that the total number of sharks killed by fisheries each year is between 63 and 273 million, with a average of approximately 100 million.In an interview, lead author Dr. Boris Worm explains the importance of this estimate: “This is by far the most comprehensive estimate of shark mortality yet,” he […]

Why a California great white shark scientist opposes CA Endangered Species Act protections

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksFebruary 22, 2013

Dr. Chris Lowe is a Professor of Marine Biology at California State University Long Beach, and is Director of the  CSULB Shark Lab. He has studied  California’s great white sharks for more than 10 years, and has written more than 75 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Lowe also serves on the Board of Directors for the […]

How to tell if a “shark in flooded city streets after a storm” photo is a fake in 5 easy steps

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksJanuary 23, 2013

The combination of increasing extreme weather and social media has created, if you’ll pardon the pun, a perfect storm for sharing photos that show post-hurricane devastation (both real and fake). Many of them take the form of of a shark swimming through flooded city streets. For better or for worse, I’m known as “the shark guy” […]

The ten best and worst events in shark fisheries management of 2012

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 4, 2013

Sonja Fordham founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation in 2010 based on her two decades of shark conservation experience at  Ocean Conservancy.  She is Deputy Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and Conservation Committee Chair for the American Elasmobranch Society, has co-authored numerous publications on shark fisheries management, and serves on […]

13 wrong things about sharks that conservation advocates should stop saying in 2013 (and what they should say instead)

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 27, 2012

While the rest of the scientific and management community and I are grateful for the passionate support of many shark conservation advocates, passion is no substitute for knowledge and accuracy.  Some conservation issues are a matter of opinion and can (and should) be reasonably be discussed by people with different views, but many others are […]

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