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Sawfish captures in the Queensland Shark Control Program, 1962 to 2016

Sawfish captures in the Queensland Shark Control Program, 1962 to 2016

Published online on 17. October 2017 Sawfish captures in the Queensland Shark Control Program, 1962 to 2016 Barbara E. Wueringer ABSTRACT: Within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in Queensland, Australia, lack of information on the distribution of sawfishes presents difficulty for informed management of their habitats and populations. This study aims to provide

Species composition of the international shark fin trade

Species composition of the international shark fin trade

Published online on 27. October 2017 Species composition of the international shark fin trade assessed through a retail-market survey in Hong Kong Andrew T. Fields, Gunter A. Fischer, Stanley K. H. Shea, Huarong Zhang, Debra L. Abercrombie, Kevin A. Feldheim, Elizabeth A. Babcock, Demian D. Chapman ABSTRACT: The shark fin trade is a major driver

Squalus bassi sp. nov., a new long-snouted spurdog from the Agulhas Bank

Squalus bassi sp. nov., a new long-snouted spurdog from the Agulhas Bank

Published on 14. September 2017 Squalus bassi sp. nov., a new long-snouted spurdog (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes: Squalidae) from the Agulhas Bank S. T. de. F. L. Viana, M. R. de Carvalho, D. A. Ebert ABSTRACT: The long-snouted African spurdog Squalus bassi sp. nov. is described based on material collected from the outer shelf and upper continental

Studying morphology allows the detection of bias in routine fisheries sampling

Studying morphology allows the detection of bias in routine fisheries sampling

Published online on 16. October 2017 Shark length–length relationships: Studying morphology allows the detection of bias in routine fisheries sampling Agustín M. De Wysiecki, J. Matías Braccini ABSTRACT: Reliable information on length–length relationships is required for standardising and comparing size measures and for improving the use of available data and biological information collected as a

Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks

Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks

Published online on 17. October 2017 Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks Jean-Baptiste Juhel, Laurent Vigliola, David Mouillot, Michel Kulbicki, Tom B. Letessier, Jessica J. Meeuwig, Laurent Wantiez ABSTRACT: Reef sharks are declining world-wide under ever-increasing fishing pressure, with potential consequences on ecosystem functioning. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are currently one of the management

The utility of bioenergetics modelling in quantifying predation rates of marine apex predators

The utility of bioenergetics modelling in quantifying predation rates of marine apex predators

Published on 11. October 2017 The utility of bioenergetics modelling in quantifying predation rates of marine apex predators: Ecological and fisheries implications A. Barnett, M. Braccini, C. L. Dudgeon, N. L. Payne, K. G. Abrantes, M. Sheaves, E. P. Snelling ABSTRACT: Predators play a crucial role in the structure and function of ecosystems. However, the

A multiplex PCR mini-barcode assay to identify processed shark products

A multiplex PCR mini-barcode assay to identify processed shark products

Published on 11. October 2017 A multiplex PCR mini-barcode assay to identify processed shark products in the global trade Diego Cardeñosa, Andrew Fields, Debra Abercrombie, Kevin Feldheim, Stanley K. H. Shea, Demian D. Chapman ABSTRACT: Protecting sharks from overexploitation has become global priority after widespread population declines have occurred. Tracking catches and trade on a

Cephalopod prey of two demersal sharks caught in the Aegean Sea

Cephalopod prey of two demersal sharks caught in the Aegean Sea

Published on 03 October 2017 Cephalopod prey of two demersal sharks caught in the Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean) Vasiliki Kousteni, Paraskevi K. Karachle, Persefoni Megalofonou, Evgenia Lefkaditou ABSTRACT: This study concerns the cephalopod species that are part of the diet of the small-spotted catshark Scyliorhinus canicula and the longnose spurdog Squalus blainville sampled by commercial

Reciprocal Intraguild Predation between Alligator mississippiensis and Elasmobranchii

Reciprocal Intraguild Predation between Alligator mississippiensis and Elasmobranchii

Published in September 2017 Reciprocal Intraguild Predation between Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator) and Elasmobranchii in the Southeastern United States James C. Nifong and Russell H. Lowers ABSTRACT: The food habits and predatory interactions of Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator) have been thoroughly studied within populations inhabiting inland freshwater ecosystems; however, it is increasingly evident that coastal

Population biology of the little gulper shark in Lebanese waters

Population biology of the little gulper shark in Lebanese waters

Published on 04. October 2017 Population biology of the little gulper shark Centrophorus uyato in Lebanese waters M. Lteif, R. Mouawad, G. Khalaf, P. Lenfant, B. Seret, M. Verdoit-Jarraya ABSTRACT: A total of 38 individuals of the heavily exploited little gulper shark Centrophorus uyato were collected from Lebanese coastal waters using bottom longlines and trammel

Shark Finning and the Molecular Identification of Shark Species

Shark Finning and the Molecular Identification of Shark Species

Published on 26. September 2017 Shark Finning and the Molecular Identification of Shark Species: Review and Perspectives Amaral CRL, Silva DA, Amorim A, de Carvalho EF ABSTRACT: Worshipped and revered in several Indo-Pacific countries, and mostly feared among the western world, sharks are an old group of vertebrates dating back to the Devonian-Silurian boundary (~400Ma).

Movements of the white shark in the North Atlantic Ocean

Movements of the white shark in the North Atlantic Ocean

Published on 29. September 2017 Movements of the white shark Carcharodon carcharias in the North Atlantic Ocean Skomal GB, Braun CD, Chisholm JH, Thorrold SR ABSTRACT: In the western North Atlantic, much of what is known about the movement ecology of the white shark Carcharodon carcharias is based on historical fisheries-dependent catch records, which portray

Feeding the world’s largest fish

Feeding the world’s largest fish

Published 27 September 2017 Feeding the world’s largest fish: highly variable whale shark residency patterns at a provisioning site in the Philippines Jordan A. Thomson, Gonzalo Araujo, Jessica Labaja, Emer McCoy, Ryan Murray, Alessandro Ponzo ABSTRACT: Provisioning wildlife for tourism is a controversial yet widespread practice. We analysed the residency patterns of juvenile whale sharks

Tiger sharks can connect equatorial habitats and fisheries across the Atlantic Ocean basin

Tiger sharks can connect equatorial habitats and fisheries across the Atlantic Ocean basin

Published on 19. September 2017 Tiger sharks can connect equatorial habitats and fisheries across the Atlantic Ocean basin André S. Afonso, Ricardo Garla, Fábio H. V. Hazin ABSTRACT: Increasing our knowledge about the spatial ecology of apex predators and their interactions with diverse habitats and fisheries is necessary for understanding the trophic mechanisms that underlie

Sawfish records along the Eastern Amazon coast

Sawfish records along the Eastern Amazon coast

Published on 05. September 2017 Sawfish (Pristidae) records along the Eastern Amazon coast Leonardo Manir Feitosa, Ana Paula Barbosa Martins, Jorge Luiz Silva Nunes ABSTRACT: Sawfishes are the most endangered cartilaginous fishes of the planet. Their external morphology facilitates entanglement in fishing nets and their K-selected life history hinders the recovery of exploited populations. The

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