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The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory Conservation Lecture Series
June 9, 2016
From shark fin soup to bad science and bowfishing tournaments: challenges to shark conservation
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 7 pm @ FSUCML Auditorium, Reception follows the presentation
By Dr. Dean Grubbs
Over the past half-century, sharks have changed from being viewed 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.