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Decline in tiger shark population defies expectations

Decline in tiger shark population defies expectations

Press Release Griffith UniversityAuthor: Deborah Marshall 10. September 2019 —– —— —– —– —- — New Griffith University research has revealed a 71% decline in tiger sharks across Queensland’s coastline. “This has been particularly rapid in southern regions which is unusual,’’ says lead author Dr Chris Brown from the Australian Rivers Institute. “Tiger sharks are

Blue Sharks Use Eddies for Fast Track to Food

Blue Sharks Use Eddies for Fast Track to Food

News Release Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 07. August 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — Blue sharks use large, swirling ocean currents, known as eddies, to fast-track their way down to feed in the ocean twilight zone—a layer of the ocean between 200 and 1000 meters deep containing the largest

Mastering metabolism for shark and ray survival

Mastering metabolism for shark and ray survival

Press Release The University of Queensland 01. August 2019 — —- — —- —- —- —- —- —- Understanding the internal energy flow – including the metabolism – of large ocean creatures like sharks and rays could be key to their survival in a changing climate, according to a new study. University of Queensland PhD

Industrialised fishing overlaps threatened shark hotspots worldwide

Industrialised fishing overlaps threatened shark hotspots worldwide

Press Release The Marine Biological Association (MBA) 24. July 2019 —- —- —- —- —- — — — Major high seas fishing activities are centred on ecologically important shark hotspots worldwide North Atlantic blue sharks and shortfin mako – the fastest shark in the sea – have on average 76% and 62% of their space

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Press Release University of Exeter 5. July 2019 — — — — — — — — — — Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows. University of Exeter scientists scoured existing published studies and Twitter for shark and ray entanglements, and found reports of

DNA from tooth in Florida man’s foot solves 25-year-old shark bite mystery

DNA from tooth in Florida man’s foot solves 25-year-old shark bite mystery

Press Release Florida Museum of Natural History 02. July 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — — — GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Jeff Weakley tweezed open a blister-like bulge on his foot, he was not expecting to find a piece of tooth from a shark that bit him while he

Saving Sharks by way of Biological Research

Saving Sharks by way of Biological Research

Media Release Stony Brook University 03. June 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — — — Global shark populations have experienced exponential declines for decades due to marine pollution, fisheries exploitation and coastal development. Oliver Shipley, a PhD student at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), is attempting

New research shows near extinction of angel shark in Irish waters

New research shows near extinction of angel shark in Irish waters

Press Release Inland Fisheries Ireland 2nd May 2019 — — — — — — — — — New research published by Inland Fisheries Ireland has revealed how angel shark stocks have declined alarmingly in Irish waters. The study published in ‘Endangered Species Research’, includes long-term angling data which shows how stocks of this ‘Critically Endangered’

Research finds some shark deterrents don’t work as well

Research finds some shark deterrents don’t work as well

News Release The University of Western Australia 14. March 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — Shark researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that one of the personal shark deterrents commercially available in WA is not effective in deterring sharks. The WA State Government-funded research team travelled

Aquatic drones capture shark paralysis after catch and release

Aquatic drones capture shark paralysis after catch and release

News Release The University of Newcastle, Australia 15. February 2019 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — An underwater drone has highlighted that catch and release fishing may have significant damaging effects on sharks, increasing their risk of predation. The study, led by University of Newcastle marine

A new study reveals the impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in Cebu

A new study reveals the impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in Cebu

Press Release The University of Hong Kong 12. December 2018 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — A new study reveals the impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines The collaborative research among The University of

HKU-led Study Shows that Shark Fin Trade is Unsustainable

HKU-led Study Shows that Shark Fin Trade is Unsustainable

Press Release The University of Hong Kong 13. September 2018 — — — — — — — — — — Out of Control Means Off the Menu: HKU-led Study Shows that Shark Fin Trade is Unsustainable Fishing pressure on threatened shark populations has increased dramatically in recent years and it is urgent that consumers reject

Sharks can acquire a taste for jazz music

Sharks can acquire a taste for jazz music

Press Release Macquarie University, Sydney Australia 08. May 2018 — — — — — — — — While for many people sharks bring to mind the Jaws theme music, it seems sharks themselves prefer jazz.   Far from mindless eating machines, new research from the Macquarie University Fish Lab has shown sharks are much more sophisticated than most people imagine.   Researchers trained baby Port Jackson sharks to

Basking Sharks Gather in Large Groups off Northeast U.S. Coast

Basking Sharks Gather in Large Groups off Northeast U.S. Coast

Press Release Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) 29. March 2018 — — — — — — — — Group Sightings are Fairly Rare Groups of basking sharks ranging from as few as 30 to nearly 1,400 individual animals have been observed aggregating in waters from Nova Scotia to Long Island. While individual sightings are fairly

Shark bite-off rates revealed at Ningaloo

Shark bite-off rates revealed at Ningaloo

News Release The University of Western Australia 22. February 2018 — — — — — — — — In a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia have quantified the number of shark bite-offs of recreationally caught fish in the Ningaloo region. Published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, in collaboration with the Department