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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 […]

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 […]

Breaking news: CITES protections for hammerheads, manta rays, and oceanic whitetips proposed

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 5, 2012

A newly-released list of proposed amendments¬†¬†for the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties includes proposals to protect ten species of sharks and rays, a record-breaking number. These include three species of hammerheads, oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagle sharks, three species of freshwater stingray, and both species of manta ray. In total, 37 countries are involved in […]

Threatened gentle giants: both species of manta ray added to the IUCN Red List

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 14, 2011

Manta rays are true gentle giants; though they can grow more than 20 feet wide from wingtip to wingtip, they eat only plankton. Swimming with these animals is a rare thrill for SCUBA divers, and manta-viewing ecotourism is worth over $100 million each year. Like many species of sharks, manta rays grow slowly and reproduce […]

Shark News Roundup: the ecology of fear, curious whale sharks, and saving the manta rays

Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 16, 2010

The shark blog-o-sphere has been busy lately. Here are some of the headlines from the world of shark science and conservation. Chuck from Ya Like Dags has a fantastic post explaining the ecology of fear and how it relates to sharks. As it turns out, predators can have a major impact on an ecosystem just […]

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