The Case Against Shark Fin Trade Bans

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Public perceptions of wildlife, Science, sharks, SustainabilityMay 12, 2017 • 2~2 min read • 0

The United States Congress is considering a nationwide ban on buying, selling, or trading shark fins. While several of my posts and tweets have briefly discussed my stance on such policies, I’ve never laid out my full argument in one post. Here is why I, as a shark conservation biologist, oppose banning the shark fin trade within […]

Thursday Afternoon Dredging: May 4th, 2017

Thursday Afternoon DredgingMay 4, 2017 • 1~2 min read • 0

After a month hiatus for packing, moving, and unpacking, we’re back! Cuttings (short and sweet): Watch a dogfish swim around British Columbia, video by GEERG. Follow Dr. Andrea Kroetz, a postdoc studying sawfish, on twitter! What to look for in canned tuna, a new update from Seafood Watch. 13 facts about mola mola, the ocean sunfish. […]

Thursday Afternoon Dredging: March 30th, 2017

Thursday Afternoon DredgingMarch 30, 2017 • 1~2 min read

Cuttings (short and sweet): Watch the sharks at Palmyra Atoll, and check out my new article for Hakai Magazine about an important new study of this unexploited population. Follow Erin Dillon, a UC Santa Barbara Ph.D. student, on twitter! Derelict Fishing Gear and the Death of Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. From the NOAA Response and Restoration […]

Thursday Afternoon Dredging: March 23, 2017

Thursday Afternoon DredgingMarch 23, 2017 • 1~2 min read

Cuttings (short and sweet): Watch thousands of blacktip and spinner sharks close to Florida beaches, courtesy FAU Elasmolab. Follow Madeline Cashion, a UBC Marine Conservation Ecology graduate student, on twitter! New research shows that fish may evolve rapidly to take advantage of marine protected areas. By Randy Shore, for the Vancouver Sun.

Scientists deploy satellite tags on rarely studied sawsharks for the first time

marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks • 1~2 min read

An Australian research expedition has successfully deployed three satellite telemetry tags on sawsharks for the first time! These rarely-seen sharks have a toothy rostrum similar to a sawfish, but are true sharks while sawfish are rays. Sawshark rostrums also have sensory barbels, unlike the rostrums of sawfish. “This is actually a good example of convergent […]

Please don’t ride sharks, and other great tips from the new guide to responsible shark diving

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 12, 2017 • 1~2 min read

Shark wildlife tourism* is a growing marine industry with big implications for shark conservation. While there are many competing definitions, generally shark wildlife tourism refers to SCUBA dive operators who offer trips that guarantee that you’ll see sharks, often through the use of bait or chum to attract sharks to the divers. This has become a contentious […]

Thursday Afternoon Dredging: March 9th, 2017

Thursday Afternoon DredgingMarch 9, 2017 • 1~2 min read

Cuttings (short and sweet): Watch this whale shark suck fish out of a net in Indonesia, video from Conservation International  Follow #2017MMM, March Mammal Madness, and read my story about it from American Scientist. The fish that hunts with flashlights embedded in its face. By Jason Bittel, for Hakai Magazine.

Thursday Afternoon Dredging: March 2nd, 2017

Thursday Afternoon DredgingMarch 2, 2017 • 1~2 min read

Cuttings (short and sweet): Watch this school of hammerheads swim! Video by Earth Touch. Follow seahorse conservation biologist Lindsay Aylesworth on twitter! 147 individual great white sharks were spotted off Cape Cod last year. By Steve Annear, for the Boston Globe. Tips for planning an environmentally-friendly vacation. By Shivani Vora, for the New York Times.

Rumors of the lesser electric ray’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, UncategorizedFebruary 23, 2017 • 1~2 min read

The lesser electric ray, a small sand-dwelling ray that lives from North Carolina to Brazil, has been considered one of the most endangered marine fish on Earth. A 2005 paper reported that 98% of these rays had been wiped out, a decline attributed to shrimp trawling bycatch. This paper resulted in these animals getting classified as IUCN Red List […]

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