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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
FSUCML Lecture: From shark fin soup to bad science and bowfishing tournaments: challenges to shark conservation with Dr. Dean Grubbs
The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory Conservation Lecture Series
From shark fin soup to bad science and bowfishingtournaments: challenges to shark conservation
by Dr. Dean Grubbs
Over the past half-century, sharks have changed from beingviewed as underutilized resources and subject to the development of unregulated fisheries to being poster children for marine conservation. Most sharks require many years to reach maturity and produce few offspring, traits that render their populations vulnerable to overfishing if not carefully managed. In some cases, dramatic declines in shark populations occurred due to lack of management, but in recent years there have also been management successes. Dr. Grubbs will use the development and subsequent regulation of shark fisheries in the southeastern United States to illustrate challenges associated with sustainable management and conservation of shark populations, as well as provide examples where declines in shark populations were grossly exaggerated in scientific literature with unintended consequences.
Dr. Dean Grubbs is a faculty member at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. He is a fish ecologist with interests in the biology of exploited, imperiled, or poorly-studied estuarine and marine taxa. Much of his research addresses specific biological questions necessary for the management and conservation of coastal and deep-water sharks and rays.