Walking fish and microbe warfare: Thursday Afternoon Dredging, February 15, 2018

Thursday Afternoon DredgingFebruary 15, 2018 • 2~2 min read • 0

Cuttings (short and sweet):  Follow Katelyn Heman, a marine conservation biologist working at the Georgia Aquarium, on twitter! What this walking fish can teach us about evolution. By Sarah Gibbens, for National Geographic Fish forego sleep thanks to this molecule in their brain. From Nature’s Animal Behavior news. Microplastics pollute even the most remote parts of […]

Dear Shark Man, do open ocean sharks use nursery areas?

Dear Shark ManFebruary 14, 2018 • 1~2 min read • 0

Welcome to  Dear Shark Man, an advice column inspired by a ridiculous e-mail I received. You can send your questions to me via twitter (@WhySharksMatter) or e-mail (WhySharksMatter at gmail). Dear Shark Man, I know that sharks that live close to the coast sometimes use “nursery areas” when they are young. Do open ocean sharks also use […]

Insect-eating salmon and cloned crayfish: Thursday Afternoon Dredging, February 8th, 2018

Thursday Afternoon DredgingFebruary 8, 2018 • 2~3 min read • 0

Cuttings (short and sweet):  Follow wildlife illustrator Marc Dando on twitter! The rise of fishing apps. By the Fisheries Blog. Misled penguins swim to fishing grounds that no longer have food. By Katie Peek, for Scientific American Spoils (long reads and deep dives): A pet crayfish is cloning itself and spreading around the world. By Sarah […]

Canada proposed revisions to the Fisheries Act. Here’s how science and conservation experts reacted.

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 7, 2018 • 1~2 min read • 0

Yesterday, the government of Canada announced some proposed amendments to the national Fisheries Act. The full text of the proposal can be viewed here. So far, it’s gone through the First Reading in the House of Commons (for my non-Canadian readers, here is what that means). I reached out to fisheries and conservation policy experts across […]

Texting about ichthyology and climate change’s effects on indigenous culture: Thursday Afternoon Dredging, February 1st, 2018

Thursday Afternoon DredgingFebruary 1, 2018 • 2~4 min read • 0

Cuttings (short and sweet):  Follow Skye Augustine, a marine biologist studying traditional indigenous fisheries management practices, on twitter! A plate of lies: seafood mislabeling. By Meghan Fox, for the Fisheries Blog. 2017 was the hottest year yet for the world’s oceans. By Sarah Gibbens, for National Geographic. Helping sound out of water: new materials could help […]

Imaginary islands, lobster pain, porgs and puffins: Thursday Afternoon Dredging, January 25th, 2018

UncategorizedJanuary 25, 2018 • 2~3 min read • 0

Cuttings (short and sweet):  Follow Kelsey James, a graduate student studying the age and growth of batoid fishes, on twitter! Ancient maps show islands that don’t really exist. By Greg Miller, for National Geographic. Global registry of invasive species is a milestone for conservation. By Jonathan Watts, for the Guardian. Want to buy a tshirt, mug, […]

Dear Shark Man, can rubbing a shark’s snout cause blindness?

Dear Shark ManJanuary 17, 2018 • 1~2 min read

Welcome to  Dear Shark Man, an advice column inspired by a ridiculous e-mail I received. You can send your questions to me via twitter (@WhySharksMatter) or e-mail (WhySharksMatter at gmail). Dear Shark Man, Someone I follow on Instagram posted this earlier this week. In this post, she claims that a shark became blind in one eye because SCUBA […]

Fat fish, snapping shrimp, and the best books about the ocean: Thursday Afternoon Dredging, January 11, 2018

Thursday Afternoon DredgingJanuary 11, 2018 • 1~2 min read

Cuttings (short and sweet):  Follow University of Victoria aquatic ecologist Rana El-Sabaawi on twitter! Can fish get fat? By Abigail Lynch, for the Fisheries Blog. National fish habitat effort focuses on imperiled waters. From the American Fisheries Society Policy News blog. The Ocean Conservancy blog made this great list of books every ocean lover should read […]

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