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marine science

Long live sharks and rays!

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 9, 20170

Alastair Harry is a fisheries science practitioner based in Perth, Australia. He assists in implementing ecosystem based fisheries management to support the sustainable use of wild-capture fish resources. He is a generalist and works across multiple areas including stock assessment, bycatch, and threatened species. He also holds an adjunct position at James Cook University and has […]

Gills Club Shark Tales: An online and in-person sharkstravaganza 19-20 September at NEAQ!

#OceanOptimism, Education, Science Life, sharks, Uncategorized, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 13, 2017

Note:  This post has been updated on 18 September 2017.   Friends, Researchers, Countrywomen, lend me your ears! The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and New England Aquarium are hosting a completely free two-day event, 19-20 September, featuring an amazing line-up of shark scientists and enthusiasts, including: Keynote Speakers: Susan Goldberg – Editor in Chief of National […]

Protecting the ocean means lots of rigorous, mundane science.

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 21, 2017

I have a new paper out today: Population structure of Bathymodiolus manusensis, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent-dependent mussel from Manus Basin, Papua New Guinea. We sampled two sites in Papua New Guinea where these deep-sea mussels aggregate and looked at their genes to determine if there was any population structure across this relatively small spatial scale (~40 […]

Background information on our land-based shark fishing paper

fisheries, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, Social ScienceAugust 15, 2017

I have a new paper out on the conservation impacts of recreational shark fishing. The paper is called “fishing practices and representations of shark conservation issues among users of a land-based shark angling online forum,” and it is published in the journal Fisheries Research. If you don’t have institutional library access, you can read a […]

Measuring the Cultural Value of Oysters

fisheries, geography, Highlighting the Rural Voice, marine science, Maritime history, Open Science, UncategorizedJuly 14, 2017

Most people from oyster-producing regions like the Chesapeake can attest to the fact that oysters are important the the social fabric of the community. In many towns that date back to the colonial era, oyster shells literally line Main Street and form the foundation of the town. In others, they form the basis of a […]

The Case Against Shark Fin Trade Bans

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Public perceptions of wildlife, Science, sharks, SustainabilityMay 12, 2017

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 […]

The Case for Shark Fin Trade Bans

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

Mariah Pfleger is a marine scientist at Oceana, an international marine conservation non-profit, advising both the responsible fishing and sharks campaigns. She graduated from Florida State University in 2012 where she studied coastal sharks and their relatives. In 2016 she earned her Master’s degree from the University of West Florida where she researched both coastal […]

The Old Man and the Deep Sea

deep seaMay 9, 2017

Torben Wolff, legendary deep-sea scientist and last surviving member of the Galathea II expedition, which plumbed the Philippine Trench and recovered biological material from more than 10,000 meters for the first time in history, died in his sleep on May 2, 2017. He was 97. Torben will be remembered for his monumental contributions to deep-sea oceanography, […]

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