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Securing the future for Australia’s sharks

Securing the future for Australia’s sharks

News Release James Cook University First published September 27, 2013 —————————- Researchers from James Cook University are leading a new project designed to ensure sustainable use and conservation of Australia’s sharks and rays. Funded by the Australian Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation the project will provide a report card on the status of all

Shark antibodies could provide key to targeting breast cancer

Shark antibodies could provide key to targeting breast cancer

News Release University of Aberdeen 26. September 2013 Aberdeen scientists are investigating if antibodies found naturally in sharks could be used to target breast cancer. AICR, the Scottish cancer research charity, has awarded biologists from the University of Aberdeen a grant of over £200,000 to analyse if IgNAR – a special antibody found only in

New project may give insights into the evolution of human teeth

New project may give insights into the evolution of human teeth

Press Release Natural Environment Research Council 20. September 2013 ————————— NERC has agreed to fund a project worth nearly £680k to investigate how teeth evolved in our earliest ancestors. The three-year project could give researchers a new insight into the evolution and development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth – called dentition. It

Sharks increase reef resilience

Sharks increase reef resilience

Media Release The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) 18. September 2013 —————————- Healthy shark populations may aid the recovery of coral reefs whose futures are threatened throughout the globe, according to a new study from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). The link has been found by long-term monitoring of reefs off Australia’s

Newly discovered tiger shark migration pattern might explain attacks near Hawaii

Newly discovered tiger shark migration pattern might explain attacks near Hawaii

The migration of mature female tiger sharks during late summer and fall to the main Hawaiian Islands, presumably to give birth, could provide insight into attacks in that area, according to a University of Florida scientist.

Secret life of shy skates investigated in world-first study

Secret life of shy skates investigated in world-first study

News Release University of Tasmania, Australia 26. August 2013 ———————– The first major study into the elusive Maugean skate is being undertaken by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) The Maugean skate is known from only two localities, Macquarie Harbour and Bathurst Harbour in western Tasmania and because of this

Gillnet Fishing has ‘Modest’ Impact on Young Great White Sharks in Southern California

Gillnet Fishing has ‘Modest’ Impact on Young Great White Sharks in Southern California

News Release California State University Long Beach 26. August 2013 ———————– CSULB-Led Study Concludes Gillnet Fishing has ‘Modest’ Impact on Young Great White Sharks in Southern California By  Anne Ambrose Commercial gillnet fishing in Southern California’s coastal waters “modestly” affects young great white sharks, and the survival rate for sharks that are accidentally caught in gillnets

Largest-Ever Study of the World’s Largest Fish

Largest-Ever Study of the World’s Largest Fish

The largest-ever scientific study of whale sharks — the world’s biggest fish — was published in the journal PLOS ONE Wednesday, Aug. 21 by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and collaborators from Mexico. The study reveals the sharks’ international journeys and their relationship to the largest whale shark feeding hotspot known to science.

Scientists circle the Great White

Scientists circle the Great White

News Release University of Technology Sydney 14. August 2013 ———————– In summary: Sharks play a key role in the ocean’s ecology but populations are at risk from fishing and other factor Researchers are learning more about the predator by tagging and monitoring sharks at a nursery on Australia’s east coast It is hard to think

Study Finds ‘Ray’ Wings Sold to Consumers Include Vulnerable Species & Can be Mislabelled

Study Finds ‘Ray’ Wings Sold to Consumers Include Vulnerable Species & Can be Mislabelled

Genetic testing by DNA Barcoding, has revealed which species are sold under the commercial term ‘ray wings’ in Ireland and the UK. The blonde ray, given the lowest rating for sustainability in the marine conservation society’s good fish guide, was the most widely sold.

NOAA Fisheries: ‘The Science Behind’ Video Series

NOAA Fisheries: ‘The Science Behind’ Video Series

NOAA Fisheries When it comes to shark science, we have some of the top expertise in the country. From coast to coast, more than 40 scientists conduct research to support the conservation and management of 44 shark species in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In fact, our Apex Predators Program is the oldest shark research

New funding for shark research in Nova Scotian waters

New funding for shark research in Nova Scotian waters

Dalhousie University’s Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) has been awarded funding from Encana Corporation to study blue sharks off the coast of Nova Scotia, and to train students in the capture, tagging and tracking of marine animals over the next two years.

Knowledge of stingrays’ sparked-up sex may help deter sharks

Knowledge of stingrays’ sparked-up sex may help deter sharks

Sexual attraction of the electric sort happens when stingrays meet, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute - and the finding may help prevent shark attacks on humans.

Fear of sharks helps preserve balance in the world’s oceans

Fear of sharks helps preserve balance in the world’s oceans

A prey’s fear of a shark is critical to protecting ocean biodiversity, according to FIU researchers. Without this fear, a cascading effect within the ecosystem could destabilize the world’s oceans. Seagrass beds provide habitats for other fish and marine life — many of which people rely on. When predators, such as tiger sharks, rove in areas near seagrasses, herbivores...

Sharks worth more in the ocean than on the menu

Sharks worth more in the ocean than on the menu

Media Release The University of British Columbia 30. May 2013 ——————– Sharks are worth more in the ocean than in a bowl of soup, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia. A new study, published today in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, shows that shark ecotourism currently generates more than US$314

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