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13 amazing things scientists discovered about sharks in 2013

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 28, 2013

Other than a certain week in August whose name we shall not speak here, 2013 was a great year for both shark science and the communication of that shark science. There were many important and fascinating discoveries, and many of the world’s top media outlets covered them. Presented here is a list of 13 amazing scientific […]

10 components of a sustainable shark fishery, and how you can help implement them

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, SustainabilityNovember 7, 2013

In 1999, government officials from all over the world gathered in Rome for a meeting of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s Committee on Fisheries. The Committee meets every two years,  but one of the numerous outputs of this meeting was particularly significant, at least for sharks. Based on years of consultation and discussion […]

U.S. government: shark fin bans “significantly undermine conservation and management of Federal shark fisheries”

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 2, 2013

I’ve written in the past about why shark fin bans might not be the best tool for the conservation and management of sharks. Though specific details vary, these so-called “blanket bans” typically make it illegal for anyone to buy, sell, or possess shark fins regardless of the source *. Additionally, to date most of these […]

15 important shark conservation and management terms explained with memes

Conservation, fisheries, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science and Sustainability, sharksApril 1, 2013

If interested citizens want to get involved in conservation and management policy, it’s absolutely vital to use proper terminology. The policy world can be full of confusing jargon, but there are few ways to discredit yourself in the eyes of decision makers as quickly as using a critical term incorrectly. In fact, it isn’t uncommon […]

A Call to Action: Preventing a Potential Setback in U.S. Atlantic Shark Finning Policy

Conservation, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationMarch 27, 2013

Sonja Fordham founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation in 2010 based on her two decades of shark conservation experience at  Ocean Conservancy.  She is Deputy Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and Conservation Committee Chair for the American Elasmobranch Society, has co-authored numerous publications on shark fisheries management, and […]

Breaking News! “Most Comprehensive Estimate of Mortality”: Between 63 and 273 Million Sharks Killed Each Year

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMarch 1, 2013

A new study* has estimated that the total number of sharks killed by fisheries each year is between 63 and 273 million, with a average of approximately 100 million.In an interview, lead author Dr. Boris Worm explains the importance of this estimate: “This is by far the most comprehensive estimate of shark mortality yet,” he […]

The ten best and worst events in shark fisheries management of 2012

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 4, 2013

Sonja Fordham founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation in 2010 based on her two decades of shark conservation experience at  Ocean Conservancy.  She is Deputy Chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and Conservation Committee Chair for the American Elasmobranch Society, has co-authored numerous publications on shark fisheries management, and serves on […]

13 wrong things about sharks that conservation advocates should stop saying in 2013 (and what they should say instead)

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 27, 2012

While the rest of the scientific and management community and I are grateful for the passionate support of many shark conservation advocates, passion is no substitute for knowledge and accuracy.  Some conservation issues are a matter of opinion and can (and should) be reasonably be discussed by people with different views, but many others are […]

What the $&!* happened? A summary of the “contradictory, confusing, and inconsistent” EU finning ban votes

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 24, 2012

Last Wednesday morning, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted on proposed amendments that would, if passed, form their response to the European Commission’s 2011 proposal to end all removal of shark fins at sea (and thereby close loopholes in the EU finning ban).  As the EU is the single largest supplier of shark fins to […]

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