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fisheries

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 […]

In South Louisiana, Seafood Means Hope

#OceanOptimism, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMarch 19, 2018

This blog post and photo slideshow was created during OCEANDOTCOMM, an ocean science communication event, and supported by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) The theme of OCEANDOTCOMM was Coastal Optimism. Photos were contributed by our lead photographer, Rafeed Hussain/Ocean Conservancy, with additions from other OCEANDOTCOMM attendees, including Melissa Miller, Samantha Oester, Susan Von Thun, Solomon […]

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 […]

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

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 7, 2018

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 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 […]

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 […]