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Conservation

An open letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on revising land-based recreational shark fishing regulations

Conservation, Conservation policy, Environmentalism, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksApril 17, 20180

Note: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a public meeting on April 25th which will include the issue of land-based recreational shark fishing. Part of my dissertation research focused on this topic, so I am submitting expert testimony, but since I no longer live in Florida I am submitting it remotely. […]

Thoughts on the Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, SustainabilityApril 5, 20180

A few weeks ago, H.R. 5248, The Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act, was introduced into Congress. The purpose of this bill is to “encourage a science-based approach to significantly reduce the overfishing and unsustainable trade of sharks, rays and skates around the world and prevent shark finning,” according to a press release from Mote Marine […]

Have you heard the good news about shark populations? Shark population increases are cause for #OceanOptimism

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Conservation policy, Environmentalism, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationFebruary 28, 2018

Did you know that some shark populations have declined due to overfishing? Did you know that some once-declined shark populations have recovered? If you’re like my twitter followers, it’s likely that you’ve heard the bad news, but have not heard the good news. Why does this matter? It’s important to share bad news so that […]

Conservation has a Trolley Problem

ConservationFebruary 13, 2018

A train screams down the tracks. Dead ahead, a pile of of giant pandas frolic, inexplicably, through a bamboo stand growing through the rails. But wait! There’s a switch. Pulling it will divert the train onto another track, where a tank containing one of the last 30 vaquita will surely be crushed. Do you pull […]

The State of the Environment Address

Conservation, Conservation policy, Public perceptions of wildlifeJanuary 31, 2018

US President Donald  Trump said “I believe in clean air. I believe in crystal clear beautiful water.” Image via gify.com   However, in last night’s State of the Union Address he declared his support for promoting coal-based energy* and he gave public notice of his intentions to curtail the environmental impact assessment process and environmental […]

A scientifically accurate list of the most endangered sharks in the world

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 2, 2017

One of the most common questions I get during my “ask me anything” sessions on twitter is “which species of sharks are the most endangered?” Whenever I can’t completely answer a question in a single tweet, I like to link to more information from a reliable source. However, I’ve struggled to easily answer this question […]

Protect Our Oceans: from the ground in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Conservation, policy, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 5, 2017

Carlotta Leon Guerrero is a former Member of the 23rd, 24th, and 25th Guam Senate. She was also a two-term president of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures and previously worked as a radio and television journalist in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. In April 2017, President Donald Trump ordered Secretary of Interior Ryan […]