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Sharks get new protections at ICCAT

biology, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 29, 2010

Last week, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas met in Paris. Among other responsibilities (such as the conservation of Atlantic tunas), ICCAT sets guidelines for several shark fisheries. My friend Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International, was there representing SAI. She is optimistic about a series of new shark conservation measures […]

Shades of Gray: Gray literature, peer-review, and the struggle for data in fisheries management

biology, Conservation, ecology, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

The dissemination of science follows the conventional route of rigorous peer-review followed by publication in an accredited scientific journal. This process has been the standard foundation from which the general public can trust that the science is, at the very least, valid and honest. Of course this system is not without its flaws. Scientific papers of questionable […]

Great Migrations of the Ocean

biology, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksNovember 3, 2010

National Geographic’s Great Migrations, a seven part series which premieres November 7th, calls itself a collection of “the most moving stories on Earth”. It focuses on some amazing animals from around the world and the incredible journeys they take to survive. This series was a massive undertaking, with the National Geographic crew spending 2 years […]

Back from the Brink: Victories in Conservation

biology, Conservation, ecology, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 26, 2010

Earth is facing a biodiversity crisis so severe that many conservation scientists refer to it as a mass extinction event. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a professional network of 11,000 volunteer scientists belonging to more than 1,000 government and NGO agencies in 160 countries, evaluates species worldwide and determines their risk […]

Grampa Hagfish: say hello to your greatest uncle

biology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 20, 2010

Today is Hagfish Day! Who knew? What is a hagfish? Hagfish are primitive eel-like chordates make famous for their relative unattractiveness*, profuse production of slime, and charismatic ability to tie themselves in knots. They are perhaps the only ‘fish’ that possesses a skull, but no vertebral column. But the question “What is a hagfish?” goes […]

Altered sea turtle sex ratios: Can global warming harm warm-water animals?

biology, Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 12, 2010

When most people think of an animal threatened by global warming, images of a polar bear drowning because of lost ice habitat come to mind. Few know that climate change can also threaten animals used to living in environments much warmer than the Arctic. Even when you’re used to heat, too much heat can be […]

A short note on the “turtle harvest” e-mail

biology, Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 8, 2010

An e-mail has been making the rounds over the last few weeks purports to show evidence of an illegal turtle egg harvest in Costa Rica. It contains several pictures like this: While the pictures are real, the e-mail is misleading. They show a sustainable, legal turtle harvest that actually helps the Olive Ridley turtle population. […]

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