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

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 7, 20180

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 […]

A year of snot-oozing, carcass-scavenging, slime eels: Hagfish Science in 2017.

biology, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 27, 2017

Hagfish. You love them. I love them. The owner of this sedan has no choice but to love them: 2017 was a big year for hagfish science. Big Ideas (the ecologic paradigms that hagfish shifted)  Heincke’s law is one of those ecologic principles that more often acts as a foil for rejecting the null hypothesis […]

17 amazing and important things about sharks and rays that scientists discovered in 2017

#SciComm, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 22, 2017

2017 was… yeah. Of all the years I’ve lived through, 2017 was definitely one of them. Anyway, some interesting things happened in the world of shark research. Here, in no particular order, are 17 amazing and important things that scientists discovered about sharks and rays over the last year. 1 Sharks can switch between sexual […]

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 […]

Long live sharks and rays!

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 9, 2017

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 […]

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