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Public passion for shark finning bans is great. How do we channel it towards other issues?

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 9, 2014

A recent proposal in New Zealand to outlaw shark finning received more than 45,000 public comments from all over the world, a staggering amount of public interest in fisheries policy. This is great news, because though many activists don’t really know what it means, shark finning is a major threat. Shark finning may well be the most […]

13 amazing things scientists discovered about sharks in 2013

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 28, 2013

Other than a certain week in August whose name we shall not speak here, 2013 was a great year for both shark science and the communication of that shark science. There were many important and fascinating discoveries, and many of the world’s top media outlets covered them. Presented here is a list of 13 amazing scientific […]

10 components of a sustainable shark fishery, and how you can help implement them

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, SustainabilityNovember 7, 2013

In 1999, government officials from all over the world gathered in Rome for a meeting of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s Committee on Fisheries. The Committee meets every two years,  but one of the numerous outputs of this meeting was particularly significant, at least for sharks. Based on years of consultation and discussion […]

A photo of people eating a shark is upsetting activists for some silly reason

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 26, 2013

A photo of a single thresher shark being served for dinner at a resort is making the rounds among shark conservation activists. The photo, shown on the right, has been shared more than 12,000 times. A petition written in response to the image  (in French) has over 1,000 signatures. The story has even made it into […]

World’s leading experts say there’s a problem with false balance in conservation journalism; Steve disagrees

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJuly 4, 2013

False balance in the media occurs when a journalist  gives equal coverage, and therefore the perception of equal validity, to both sides of a story. While this sounds preferable to today’s hyper-politicized media, sometimes both sides of a story aren’t equally valid. For example, when the overwhelming consensus of the expert medical community says that […]

Largest U.S. Shark Fishery: Coming to a School Lunch Near You?

Conservation, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, sharks, SustainabilityJuly 2, 2013

Spiny dogfish sharks have had a complicated history when it comes to fisheries management, going from hated pest to crashed fishery to conservation concern and now one of two certified-sustainable shark fisheries ever (the other is the Pacific species of spiny dogfish).  The story didn’t end with being certified sustainable though, and recently this fishery […]

Should scientists avoid publishing shark migration data because it helps fishermen? Spoiler: No

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

In recent weeks, some conservation activists have been promoting an idea that I would like to respond to as a member of the scientific community. They claim that scientists shouldn’t publish data about shark migrations, movement, or population dynamics because such data helps fishermen to find areas where there are lots of sharks and kill […]

Predation Matters

ecology, fisheriesMay 7, 2013

Today, Pew unleashed a mini-media blitz on the importance of predation in fisheries management.  This got my attention because the interaction between marine predators and fisheries is one of my major research interests.  They do a great (and slickly-designed) job explaining the basics of why paying attention to predation matters in fisheries management, and bonus […]

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