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shark cull

The science of shark control (and what it means for the Western Australia cull)

Blogging, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 17, 2014

Prof Colin Simpfendorfer is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University. He has more than 25 years of experience in researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. He is a graduate of James Cook University where he undertook […]

Are sharks ecologically important? Fact-checking another idiotic anti-shark rant from Paul Mulshine

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 3, 2012

The government of Western Australia recently announced a plan to kill great white sharks that come close to popular swimming beaches, resulting in justifiable outrage from the scientific and conservation communities. I’ve written before (here and here) about why this is a bad idea that will harm a species in need of  protection without making […]

Cull canceled: victory for the sharks of Western Australia!

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 15, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a proposed shark cull in Western Australia and asked for your help to oppose it. By the end of the Support Our Sharks anti-cull campaign, the petition had almost 19,000 signatures from dedicated shark conservationists from around the world, including many of our readers. After some initial anti-shark […]

Western Australia’s sharks need your help!

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 23, 2011

Last week, I wrote about three current shark conservation issues, including a proposed shark cull in Western Australia. Barbara Wueringer was able to deliver her letter to Western Australian government officials on Friday, and thanks to your help, it was signed by more than 100 scientists and conservationists from all over the world. Yesterday, however, […]

Culling, bycatch, and loopholes: three shark conservation petitions need your signatures!

ConservationOctober 19, 2011

While we can all celebrate the recent passage of California’s shark fin ban, sharks still need your help! The government of Western Australia is planning a “shark cull”, intentionally killing large numbers of threatened species to reduce the probability of shark attacks. The Marine Stewardship Council is considering granting “sustainable” status to a fishery with huge […]

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