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U.S. government: shark fin bans “significantly undermine conservation and management of Federal shark fisheries”

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 2, 2013

I’ve written in the past about why shark fin bans might not be the best tool for the conservation and management of sharks. Though specific details vary, these so-called “blanket bans” typically make it illegal for anyone to buy, sell, or possess shark fins regardless of the source *. Additionally, to date most of these […]

10 Reasons why Great and Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks Deserve Endangered Species Act Protections

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Science, sharksMay 1, 2013

The Endangered Species Act is one of the strongest conservation laws on the planet, and to date, no shark has ever been given ESA protections. In recent weeks, however, the National Marine Fisheries Service has responded to a series of NGO petitions requesting ESA protections for two species of hammerhead sharks. NMFS proposes to list 2 “distinct” population […]

Conservation Conversations: Sustainable Seafood

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 12, 2013

I’d like to introduce you to a new series I’ve been working on called “Conservation Conversations”.  Each discussion, which will take place first on twitter, will focus on a particular marine conservation issue. I will then Storify and share selected responses here on the blog, allowing the conversation to continue. The first conservation conversation focused […]

15 important shark conservation and management terms explained with memes

Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, fisheries, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science and Sustainability, sharksApril 1, 2013

If interested citizens want to get involved in conservation and management policy, it’s absolutely vital to use proper terminology. The policy world can be full of confusing jargon, but there are few ways to discredit yourself in the eyes of decision makers as quickly as using a critical term incorrectly. In fact, it isn’t uncommon […]

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 […]

The Endangered Species Act and Marine Animals: To List or Not To List?

Conservation, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, Science and SustainabilityFebruary 28, 2013

Endangered species seem to be coming up around here more often than usual, mostly due to the potential state-level listing of great white sharks in California.  This move has been resisted from some surprising corners, including researchers who are generally pro-shark conservation.  The reasons why scientists might want to oppose an Endangered Species listing are […]

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