Check out Episode 1 of Blue Pints: shark fishing, shark finning, and finding common ground in shark conservation

Sunday night at 7:30, David Shiffman and myself will host the first, of what we hope will be many, Blue Pints on Google+. The two of us will get together via Google Hangouts and broadcast a 45-minute-to-one-hour program discussing recent important issues in ocean science, while enjoying a pint of what-cures-you. We’ll provide a link to the live stream (and subsequent YouTube video) here, in this post, as well as announce it over our various social media platforms. We’ll be monitoring the comment thread on the Google+ post, so feel free to ask questions and join the discussion during the hangout.

This week, we’ll be discussing shark fishing, shark finning, and finding common ground in shark conservation. Tune in Sunday at 7:30!

Watch the video here:


Posts discussed in this hangout include:

Florida angler catches (and likely kills) Endangered great hammerhead shark –

What shark finning means (and doesn’t mean): a primer and quiz –

Lonesome George –

Hooper Drives The Boat, Chief –

Tweeps mentioned – Rick MacPherson –!/rmacpherson, Jason Robertshaw –!/cephalopodcast, seaottersdotcom –!/seaottersdotcom

Also relevant: Shark Finning, Fisheries, and Smooth Dogfish



  1. Chuck · June 25, 2012

    Nice work. Wish I could have participated. I should be back in town and able to knock back pints and talk science by next Sunday.
    A couple points:
    It was mentioned that spiny dogfish were the exception to the “fins on” rule. This was actually smooth dogfish, a similar (but not closely related) species that does support a pretty substantial fishery in North Carolina. Spiny dogfish actually are very slow-growing and late-maturing, and the fact that they’re up for MSC certification is sketchy for quite a few reasons. Smooth dogs, however, are actually pretty fast-growing and are a better choice as a target species for a shark fishery.
    Also, and I may have missed this, I’m surprised there was no mention of scalloped hammerheads becoming a candidate species for the Endangered Species list.
    Otherwise excellent job, gentlemen. Hope to join you soon.

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