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Is a Global Quantitative Assessment of Shark Populations Warranted ?

Is a Global Quantitative Assessment of Shark Populations Warranted ?

Published online on 12. October 2015 Is a Global Quantitative Assessment of Shark Populations Warranted ? Matias Braccini ABSTRACT: A recent global quantitative assessment suggested that “the majority of shark populations will continue to decline under current fishing pressure” (Worm et al. 2013:198) and concluded that global shark mortality needs to be drastically reduced to

DNA capture reveals transoceanic gene flow in endangered river sharks

DNA capture reveals transoceanic gene flow in endangered river sharks

Published on 12. October 2015 DNA capture reveals transoceanic gene flow in endangered river sharks Chenhong Li, Shannon Corrigan, Lei Yang, Nicolas Straube, Mark Harris, Michael Hofreiter, William T. White, Gavin J. P. Naylor ABSTRACT: For over a hundred years, the “river sharks” of the genus Glyphis were only known from the type specimens of

Rediscovery of the Threatened River Sharks, Glyphis garricki and G. glyphis, in Papua New Guinea

Rediscovery of the Threatened River Sharks, Glyphis garricki and G. glyphis, in Papua New Guinea

Published on 07. October 2015 Rediscovery of the Threatened River Sharks, Glyphis garricki and G. glyphis, in Papua New Guinea William T. White , Sharon A. Appleyard, Benthly Sabub, Peter M. Kyne, Mark Harris, Rickson Lis, Leontine Baje, Thomas Usu, Jonathan J. Smart, Shannon Corrigan, Lei Yang, Gavin J. P. Naylor ABSTRACT: Recent surveys of

High survivorship after catch-and-release fishing suggests physiological resilience in the mako shark

High survivorship after catch-and-release fishing suggests physiological resilience in the mako shark

Accepted on 30. August 2015 High survivorship after catch-and-release fishing suggests physiological resilience in the endothermic shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) Robert P. French, Jeremy Lyle, Sean Tracey, Suzanne Currie, Jayson M. Semmens ABSTRACT: The shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is a species commonly targeted by commercial and recreational anglers in many parts of the

Predators help protect carbon stocks in blue carbon ecosystems

Predators help protect carbon stocks in blue carbon ecosystems

Published online on 28. September 2015 Predators help protect carbon stocks in blue carbon ecosystems Trisha B. Atwood, Rod M. Connolly, Euan G. Ritchie, Catherine E. Lovelock, Michael R. Heithaus, Graeme C. Hays, James W. Fourqurean, Peter I. Macreadie ABSTRACT: Predators continue to be harvested unsustainably throughout most of the Earth’s ecosystems. Recent research demonstrates

Ontogenetic and Sex-Specific Shifts in the Feeding Habits of the Barndoor Skate

Ontogenetic and Sex-Specific Shifts in the Feeding Habits of the Barndoor Skate

Published online on 23. September 2015 Ontogenetic and Sex-Specific Shifts in the Feeding Habits of the Barndoor Skate Joseph D. Schmitt, Todd Gedamke, William D. DuPaul, John A. Musick ABSTRACT: Diet analysis is critical in understanding the flow of energy within marine food webs and is necessary for trophic ecosystem modeling and subsequent ecosystem-based management

Multi-Year Impacts of Ecotourism on Whale Shark Visitation at Ningaloo Reef

Multi-Year Impacts of Ecotourism on Whale Shark Visitation at Ningaloo Reef

Published on 23. September 2015 Multi-Year Impacts of Ecotourism on Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) Visitation at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia R. L. Sanzogni, M. G. Meekan, J. J. Meeuwig ABSTRACT: In-water viewing of sharks by tourists has become a popular and lucrative industry. There is some concern that interactions with tourists with ecotourism operations might

Global pattern of phylogenetic species composition of shark and its conservation priority

Global pattern of phylogenetic species composition of shark and its conservation priority

Published online on 23. September 2015 Global pattern of phylogenetic species composition of shark and its conservation priority Hungyen Chen, Hirohisa Kishino ABSTRACT: The diversity of marine communities is in striking contrast with the diversity of terrestrial communities. In all oceans, species richness is low in tropical areas and high at latitudes between 20 and

Characterisation of the TNF superfamily members CD40L and BAFF in the small-spotted catshark

Characterisation of the TNF superfamily members CD40L and BAFF in the small-spotted catshark

Published online on 16. September 2015 Characterisation of the TNF superfamily members CD40L and BAFF in the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) Ronggai Li, Anthony K. Redmond, Tiehui Wang, Steve Bird, Dr. Helen Dooley, Chris J. Secombes ABSTRACT: The tumour necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF) members CD40L and BAFF play critical roles in mammalian B cell survival,

Swimming strategy and body plan of the world’s largest fish

Swimming strategy and body plan of the world’s largest fish

Published on 15. September 2015 Swimming strategy and body plan of the world’s largest fish: implications for foraging efficiency and thermoregulation Mark G. Meekan, Lee A. Fuiman, Randall Davis, Yuval Berger, Michele Thums ABSTRACT: The largest animals in the oceans eat prey that are orders of magnitude smaller than themselves, implying strong selection for cost-effective

Thesis: Diving Beneath the Surface – A Phenomenological Exploration of Shark Ecotourism

Thesis: Diving Beneath the Surface – A Phenomenological Exploration of Shark Ecotourism

Published in 2015 Diving Beneath the Surface: A Phenomenological Exploration of Shark Ecotourism and Environmental Interpretation from the Perspective of Tourists Jenna Colangelo ABSTRACT: Wildlife ecotourism is becoming a well-established industry due to its ability to contribute to local economies and the growing tourist demand for opportunities to observe endangered or rare species. Wildlife ecotourism

Shark Attack Related Injuries: Epidemiology and Implications for Plastic Surgeons

Shark Attack Related Injuries: Epidemiology and Implications for Plastic Surgeons

Published on 11. September 2015 Shark Attack Related Injuries: Epidemiology and Implications for Plastic Surgeons Joseph A. Ricci, Christina R. Vargas, Dhruv Singhal, Bernard T. Lee ABSTRACT: Background The increased media attention to shark attacks has led to a heightened fear and public awareness. Although few sharks are considered dangerous, attacks on humans can result

Bythaelurus tenuicephalus n. sp., a new deep-water catshark from the western Indian Ocean

Bythaelurus tenuicephalus n. sp., a new deep-water catshark from the western Indian Ocean

Published on 07. September 2015 Bythaelurus tenuicephalus n. sp., a new deep-water catshark (Carcharhiniformes, Scyliorhinidae) from the western Indian Ocean Carina Julia Kaschner, Simon Weigmann, Ralf Thiel ABSTRACT: A new dwarf deep-water catshark, Bythaelurus tenuicephalus, is described based on one adult and one juvenile male specimen from off Tanzania and Mozambique in the western Indian

Geographical variability in life-history traits of a midslope dogfish: the brier shark

Geographical variability in life-history traits of a midslope dogfish: the brier shark

Published online on 01. September 2015 Geographical variability in life-history traits of a midslope dogfish: the brier shark Deania calcea B. E. A. Rochowski, T. I. Walker, R. W. Day ABSTRACT: Deania calcea (n = 420) were collected from the catch of deep-water trawlers in the southern and eastern scalefish and shark fishery in southern

Dietary Customs related to Shark Cuisine from the Meiji Era to the Present

Dietary Customs related to Shark Cuisine from the Meiji Era to the Present

Published on 05. September 2015 Dietary Customs related to Shark Cuisine from the Meiji Era to the Present Satsuki Une ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to demonstrate Japanese dietary customs surrounding the consumption of shark meat by comparing them with those related to the consumption of stingray, as well as by examining the

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