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No persistent behavioural effects of SCUBA diving on reef sharks

No persistent behavioural effects of SCUBA diving on reef sharks

Published on 13. March 2017 No persistent behavioural effects of SCUBA diving on reef sharks Darcy Bradley, Yannis P. Papastamatiou, Jennifer E. Caselle ABSTRACT: Despite rapid growth in the marine tourism sector, the impacts of recreation on the marine environment are generally not well understood. Most existing studies of marine recreation ecology have focused...

Molecular basis of ancestral vertebrate electroreception

Molecular basis of ancestral vertebrate electroreception

Published online on 06. March 2017 Molecular basis of ancestral vertebrate electroreception Nicholas W. Bellono, Duncan B. Leitch, David Julius ABSTRACT: Elasmobranch fishes, including sharks, rays, and skates, use specialized electrosensory organs called ampullae of Lorenzini to detect extremely small changes in environmental electric fields. Electrosensory cells within these ampullae can discriminate and respond...

Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in the south-east United States

Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in the south-east United States

Published online on 10. February 2017 Preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in the south-east United States Cassidy D Peterson, Carolyn N Belcher, Dana M Bethea, William B Driggers III, Bryan S Frazier, Robert J Latour ABSTRACT: Relative abundance of many shark species in the Atlantic is assessed by compiling data from several independently conducted,...

Horizontal and vertical movements of Caribbean reef sharks

Horizontal and vertical movements of Caribbean reef sharks

Published on 15. February 2017 Horizontal and vertical movements of Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi): conservation implications of limited migration in a marine sanctuary Oliver N. Shipley, Lucy A. Howey, Emily R. Tolentino, Lance K. B. Jordan, Jonathan L. W. Ruppert, Edward J. Brooks ABSTRACT: Despite the ecological and economic importance of the Caribbean...

Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic

Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic

Published on 20. February 2017 Long-term satellite tracking reveals variable seasonal migration strategies of basking sharks in the north-east Atlantic P. D. Doherty, J. M. Baxter, F. R. Gell, B. J. Godley, R. T. Graham, G. Hall, J. Hall, L. A. Hawkes, S. M. Henderson, L. Johnson, C. Speedie, M. J. Witt ABSTRACT: Animal...

Resetting predator baselines in coral reef ecosystems

Resetting predator baselines in coral reef ecosystems

Published on 21. February 2017 Resetting predator baselines in coral reef ecosystems Darcy Bradley, Eric Conklin, Yannis P. Papastamatiou, Douglas J. McCauley, Kydd Pollock, Amanda Pollock, Bruce E. Kendall, Steven D. Gaines, Jennifer E. Caselle ABSTRACT: What did coral reef ecosystems look like before human impacts became pervasive? Early efforts to reconstruct baselines resulted...

Towards sustainable fishery management for skates in South America

Towards sustainable fishery management for skates in South America

Published on 16. February 2017 Towards sustainable fishery management for skates in South America: The genetic population structure of Zearaja chilensis and Dipturus trachyderma (Chondrichthyes, Rajiformes) in the south-east Pacific Ocean Carolina Vargas-Caro, Carlos Bustamante, Michael B. Bennett, Jennifer R. Ovenden ABSTRACT: The longnose skates (Zearaja chilensis and Dipturus trachyderma) are the main component...

Semi-automated software for dorsal fin photographic identification of marine species: Carcharodon carcharias

Semi-automated software for dorsal fin photographic identification of marine species: Carcharodon carcharias

Published on 21. January 2017 Semi-automated software for dorsal fin photographic identification of marine species: application to Carcharodon carcharias S. Andreotti, P. Holtzhausen, M. Rutzen, M. Meÿer, S. van der Walt, B. Herbst, C. A. Matthee ABSTRACT: When dealing with large marine species, individual photographic identification plays a very important part in capture–mark–recapture studies....

The contemporary economic value of elasmobranchs in The Bahamas

The contemporary economic value of elasmobranchs in The Bahamas

Published on 30. January 2017 The contemporary economic value of elasmobranchs in The Bahamas: Reaping the rewards of 25 years of stewardship and conservation Andrea R. Haas, Tony Fedler, Edward J. Brooks ABSTRACT: Elasmobranch populations in The Bahamas offer a unique juxtaposition to the widespread decline of many species around the world, largely due...

Bright spots of sustainable shark fishing

Bright spots of sustainable shark fishing

Published on 06. February 2017 Bright spots of sustainable shark fishing Colin A. Simpfendorfer, Nicholas K. Dulvy SUMMARY: Sharks, rays and chimeras (class Chondrichthyes; herein ‘sharks’) today face possibly the largest crisis of their 420 million year history. Tens of millions of sharks are caught and traded internationally each year, many populations are overfished...

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