Scientific Papers

Estimating growth from tagging data: an application to north-east Atlantic tope shark

Estimating growth from tagging data: an application to north-east Atlantic tope shark

First published online on 28 December 2015 Estimating growth from tagging data: an application to north-east Atlantic tope shark Galeorhinus galeus M. Dureuil and B. Worm ABSTRACT: This study addresses the inherent uncertainty when estimating growth from limited mark–recapture information. A selection procedure was developed utilizing 18 competing growth estimation methods. The optimal method for

Genetic structure, population demography and seasonal occurrence of blacktip shark in Bimini

Genetic structure, population demography and seasonal occurrence of blacktip shark in Bimini

First published online on 28 December 2015 Genetic structure, population demography and seasonal occurrence of blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatus in Bimini, the Bahamas K. S. Gledhill, S. T. Kessel, T. L. Guttridge, A. C. Hansell, A. E. Bester-van der Merwe, K. A. Feldheim, S. H. Gruber, D. D. Chapman ABSTRACT: A longline survey was conducted

Sex-specific patterns in the seasonal occurrence of white sharks at the Neptune Islands, South Australia

Sex-specific patterns in the seasonal occurrence of white sharks at the Neptune Islands, South Australia

First published online on 28 December 2015 Segregation or aggregation? Sex-specific patterns in the seasonal occurrence of white sharks Carcharodon carcharias at the Neptune Islands, South Australia B. Bruce, R. Bradford ABSTRACT: The seasonal patterns of occurrence of male and female white sharks Carcharodon carcharias at the Neptune Islands in South Australia were reviewed. Analyses

Occurrence and habitat use of the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish in the Bahamas

Occurrence and habitat use of the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish in the Bahamas

First published online on 28 December 2015 Occurrence and habitat use of the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinata in the Bahamas T. L. Guttridge, S. J. B. Gulak, B. R. Franks, J. K. Carlson, S. H. Gruber, K. S. Gledhill, M. E. Bond, G. Johnson, R. D. Grubbs ABSTRACT: This study documents and discusses

Subsurface observations of white shark predatory behaviour using an autonomous underwater vehicle

Subsurface observations of white shark predatory behaviour using an autonomous underwater vehicle

First published on 28 December 2015 Subsurface observations of white shark Carcharodon carcharias predatory behaviour using an autonomous underwater vehicle G. B. Skomal, E. M. Hoyos-Padilla, A. Kukulya, R. Stokey ABSTRACT: In this study, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) was used to test this technology as a viable tool for directly observing the behaviour of

Perspectives on elasmobranch life-history studies

Perspectives on elasmobranch life-history studies

First published on 28 December 2015 Perspectives on elasmobranch life-history studies: a focus on age validation and relevance to fishery management G.M. Cailliet ABSTRACT: Life-history (age, growth, age validation, reproduction and demography) studies of elasmobranchs date back to the middle of the last century with major early contributions made by British fishery scientists. As predicted

The biology, ecology and conservation of elasmobranchs

The biology, ecology and conservation of elasmobranchs

First published on 28. December 2015 The biology, ecology and conservation of elasmobranchs: recent advances and new frontiers D.W. Sims ABSTRACT: No abstract is available for this article. Journal of Fish Biology, Volume 87, Issue 6, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12861 SOURCE  

Predicting the capture condition of a longline-caught pelagic shark

Predicting the capture condition of a longline-caught pelagic shark

Provisional PDF published on 24. December 2015 Moving from measuring to predicting bycatch mortality: predicting the capture condition of a longline-caught pelagic shark Derek R. Dapp, Charlie Huveneers, Terence I. Walker, Michael Drew, Richard D. Reina ABSTRACT: Incidental fisheries capture has been identified as having a major effect on shark populations throughout the world. However,

Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., a new lanternshark from the central eastern Pacific Ocean

Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., a new lanternshark from the central eastern Pacific Ocean

21. December 2015 Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., a new lanternshark (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae) from the central eastern Pacific Ocean Victoria E. Vásquez, David A. Ebert, & Douglas J. Long ABSTRACT: A new species of lanternshark, Etmopterus benchleyi n. sp., is described from eight specimens collected off the Pacific coast of Central America at depths ranging between

The Problem of Elasmobranch Meat Consumption in Southern Brazil

The Problem of Elasmobranch Meat Consumption in Southern Brazil

Published on 18. November 2015 “Buying a Pig in a Poke”: The Problem of Elasmobranch Meat Consumption in Southern Brazil Hugo Bornatowski, Raul Rennó Braga, Carolina Kalinowski, Jean Ricardo Simões Vitule ABSTRACT: In Brazil, the demand for sustainably certified seafood is increasing and retailers have promised to source all seafood from sustainable sources by 2015.

Insights on the identities of sharks of the Rhizoprionodon acutus species complex based on three new species of Phoreiobothrium

Insights on the identities of sharks of the Rhizoprionodon acutus species complex based on three new species of Phoreiobothrium

Published on 22. December 2015 Insights on the identities of sharks of the Rhizoprionodon acutus (Elasmobranchii: Carcharhiniformes) species complex based on three new species of Phoreiobothrium (Cestoda: Onchoproteocephalidea) J.N. Caira, K. Jensen ABSTRACT: Recent molecular work on milk sharks (Rhizoprionodon acutus ) suggests that, rather than a single widely distributed species, R. acutus represents a

Shark Fears and the Media

Shark Fears and the Media

Published online on 19. December 2015 Shark Fears and the Media Benjamin Eovaldi, Pell Thompson, Kristen Eovaldi, Robert Eovaldi ABSTRACT: The increased number of shark attacks on the East Coast of the United States is concerning for surfers in California as the great white shark continues its seasonal migration along the Pacific coast. Unprovoked attacks

Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks

Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks

Published online on 18. December 2015 Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks: implications for fisheries and conservation planning Tom B. Letessier, Phil J. Bouchet, Jessica J. Meeuwig ABSTRACT: Tuna, billfish, and oceanic sharks are characterised by conservative life-history strategies and highly migratory behaviour across large,

Preferred conservation polices of shark researchers

Preferred conservation polices of shark researchers

Published online on 12. December 2015 Preferred conservation polices of shark researchers David Shiffman and Neil Hammerschlag ABSTRACT: There is increasing concern about the conservation status of sharks. However, the presence of numerous different (and potentially mutually exclusive) policies complicates management implementation and public understanding of the process. Here we present the results of a

Molecular mechanisms underlying the exceptional adaptations of batoid fins

Molecular mechanisms underlying the exceptional adaptations of batoid fins

Published online before print on 07. December 2015 Molecular mechanisms underlying the exceptional adaptations of batoid fins Tetsuya Nakamura, Jeff Klomp, Joyce Pieretti, Igor Schneider, Andrew R. Gehrke, Neil H. Shubin ABSTRACT: Extreme novelties in the shape and size of paired fins are exemplified by extinct and extant cartilaginous and bony fishes. Pectoral fins of