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Assessing the effectiveness of a large marine protected area for reef shark conservation

Assessing the effectiveness of a large marine protected area for reef shark conservation

Published online 31 January 2017 Assessing the effectiveness of a large marine protected area for reef shark conservation Timothy D. White, Aaron B. Carlisle, David A. Kroodsma, Barbara A. Block, Renato Casagrandi, Giulio A. De Leo, Marino Gatto, Fiorenza Micheli, Douglas J. McCauley ABSTRACT: Large marine protected areas (MPAs) have recently been established throughout...

Improving the Conservation of Mediterranean Chondrichthyans

Improving the Conservation of Mediterranean Chondrichthyans

Published on 20 January 2017 Improving the Conservation of Mediterranean Chondrichthyans: The ELASMOMED DNA Barcode Reference Library Alessia Cariani, Silvia Messinetti, Alice Ferrari, Marco Arculeo, Juan J. Bonello, Leanne Bonnici, Rita Cannas, Pierluigi Carbonara, Alessandro Cau, Charis Charilaou, Najib El Ouamari, Fabio Fiorentino, Maria Cristina Follesa, Germana Garofalo, Daniel Golani, Ilaria Guarniero, Robert Hanner,...

Philopatry and Regional Connectivity of the Great Hammerhead Shark in the U.S. and Bahamas

Philopatry and Regional Connectivity of the Great Hammerhead Shark in the U.S. and Bahamas

Published on 20 January 2017 Philopatry and Regional Connectivity of the Great Hammerhead Shark, Sphyrna mokarran in the U.S. and Bahamas Tristan L. Guttridge, Maurits P. M. Van Zinnicq Bergmann, Chris Bolte, Lucy A. Howey, Jean S. Finger, Steven T. Kessel, Jill L. Brooks, William Winram, Mark E. Bond, Lance K. B. Jordan, Rachael...

Bioaccumulation and biomagnification of mercury and methylmercury in four sympatric coastal sharks

Bioaccumulation and biomagnification of mercury and methylmercury in four sympatric coastal sharks

Published online on 20 January 2017 Bioaccumulation and biomagnification of mercury and methylmercury in four sympatric coastal sharks in a protected subtropical lagoon Adam G. Matulik, David W. Kerstetter, Neil Hammerschlag, Timothy Divoll, Chad R. Hammerschmidt, David C. Evers ABSTRACT: Mercury bioaccumulation is frequently observed in marine ecosystems, often with stronger effects at higher...

Switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a zebra shark

Switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a zebra shark

Published on 16 January 2017 Switch from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction in a zebra shark Christine L. Dudgeon, Laura Coulton, Ren Bone, Jennifer R. Ovenden, Severine Thomas ABSTRACT: Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which embryos develop in the absence of fertilisation. Most commonly found in plants and invertebrate organisms, an...

Plastic debris straps on threatened blue shark

Plastic debris straps on threatened blue shark

Published online on 12 January 2017 Plastic debris straps on threatened blue shark Prionace glauca Ana I. Colmenero, Claudio Barría, Elisabetta Broglio, Salvador García-Barcelona ABSTRACT: Juveniles of blue shark Prionace glauca caught in pelagic longlines targeting tuna and swordfish in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea were found entangled with plastic straps around...

First record of the chimaera Neoharriota carri in the Caribbean of Guatemala

First record of the chimaera Neoharriota carri in the Caribbean of Guatemala

Published on 3rd January 2017 First record of the chimaera Neoharriota carri (Bullis and Carpenter 1966) in the Caribbean of Guatemala Francisco Polanco-Vásquez, Ana Hacohen-Domené, Thalya Méndez, Alerick Pacay and Rachel T. Graham ABSTRACT: Background A new record of Neoharriota carri is here reported for the Caribbean of Guatemala. Results Two chimaeras, a male...

Population structure and aspects of the reproductive biology of the blackmouth catshark caught accidentally off the Greek coasts

Population structure and aspects of the reproductive biology of the blackmouth catshark caught accidentally off the Greek coasts

Published online on 28. December 2016 Population structure and aspects of the reproductive biology of the blackmouth catshark, Galeus melastomus Rafinesque, 1810 (Chondrichthyes: Scyliorhinidae) caught accidentally off the Greek coasts Christoforos Panicos Metochis, Greta Carmona-Antoñanzas, Vasiliki Kousteni, Dimitrios Damalas, Persefoni Megalofonou ABSTRACT: The population composition and aspects of the reproductive biology of 452 blackmouth...

Technical mitigation measures for sharks and rays in fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species

Technical mitigation measures for sharks and rays in fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species

Published online on 21. December 2016 Technical mitigation measures for sharks and rays in fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species: turning possibility into reality François Poisson, Francisco Abascal Crespo, Jim R. Ellis, Pierre Chavance, Bach Pascal, Miguel. N. Santos, Bernard Séret, Maria Korta, Rui Coelho, Javier Ariz, Hilario Murua ABSTRACT: Tuna fisheries have been...

Role of the preferred habitat availability for small shark on the interannual variation of abundance in a large Southwest Atlantic Coastal System

Role of the preferred habitat availability for small shark on the interannual variation of abundance in a large Southwest Atlantic Coastal System

Published online on 09 December 2016 Role of the preferred habitat availability for small shark (Mustelus schmitti) on the interannual variation of abundance in a large Southwest Atlantic Coastal System (El Rincón, 39°–41°S) A.J. Jaureguizar, R. Wiff, M. Luz Clara ABSTRACT: Description of habitat preferences in marine fishes is important in order to understand...

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