If you aren’t following the beautiful and hilarious shark biologist Sally Snow, I don’t even want to know you
My latest post as a guest blogger at biology-online.org
Sharks say the cull is in response to an increase in the number of human attacks in recent days.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
My Facebook profile photo for the New Year of the
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 fasci…
A great year for shark science. Congrats to my dive mentor Medel Silvosa on his contribution to #9!
Shark Savers have a nice overview of the role sharks play in maintaining ecosystem balance, but even more handy is the “Additional Resources” link at the bottom of the page where they cite all the references. A great starting point:
This is totally not a silly question.
I think it’s been the result of over a decade of active education and awareness campaigns. Teaching children the ecological importance of sharks, using celebrities to brand the practice untrendy, exposing the scale and brutality of the industry through undercover photojournalism, preventing transport by lobbying airlines not to carry fins as cargo.
It’s been slow growing progress, like any social change, but I think we’re seeing the tide turn on the harvesting of sharks for their fins. I’m not saying the problem is ok now, but that momentum against it is picking up pace.
Last week 70-odd of the world’s whale shark researchers converged on Atlanta for the 3rd International Whale Shark Conference. It was an unusual meeting in having so many exotic tropical countries represented in such a small group of delegates. Overall I’m happy to say it was a great
Read about the gaps in understanding the gargantuan and yet oddly mysterious whale shark. Indeed, where are all the ladies at?
Hong Kong’s government has announced it will stop serving shark fin and bluefin tuna at official functions!
“In a press release, the government said it was taking the step because the items “have aroused international and local concern because they are either captured or harvested in ecologically unfriendly or unsustainable ways, or cause other conservation concerns”.
After a decade of campaigning…but better late than never. This is on the heels of China’s decision to do the same, last year. Plus several airlines have banned the transport of the fins, making it harder for supply to meet demand. Hopefully we’ll see more of a domino effect across the region.