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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. […]

Shark Science Monday: Michelle Heupel discusses the need for lethal shark research

biology, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Shark Science Monday, sharksOctober 4, 2010

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 […]

Bad news for sharks in the South China Sea

biology, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 30, 2010

While a large percentage of the world’s shark fins pass through Hong Kong fish markets, most come from far-away countries and little attention has been paid to shark populations in adjacent waters. An important new paper, appropriately titled “The sharks of South East Asia – unknown, unmonitored and unmanaged” provides new insight into this problem.

A global shark conservation challenge from Palau and Micronesia

biology, Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Science, sharksSeptember 23, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, the Presidents of Honduras and Palau challenged other world leaders to follow their example by protecting sharks. Both nations have banned shark fishing within their territorial waters, and they are encouraging other nations (both rich countries with fishing fleets and poor coastal countries) to do the same. This announcement was timed to coincide […]

Non-Monophyly within Syngnathidae

biology, evolution, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 16, 2010

Objective 1: Develop the least publicly accessible title for a blog post about seadragons, mate selection, and evolution Objective 1 Status: complete Objective 2: Draw in whatever readers push passed the unwieldy title with an unconventional narrative structure. Objective 2 Status: complete Objective 3: Hook the reader with a fascinating, though brief, background on seahorses, […]

Ocean of Pseudoscience Shorty – Chemosynthetic ecosystems and independence from the sun

biology, deep sea, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, ScienceSeptember 9, 2010

One of the many frequent claims that crop up in both popular and scientific reports about deep-sea hydrothermal vents is that chemosynthetic ecosystems are independent of photosynthetic ecosystems. Even high quality scientific reporting have been guilty of making this claim: “These animals live completely independent of sunlight” (NOAA Ocean Explorer). But are chemosynthetic systems totally […]

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