Citizen science, such as that undertaken by the SSTP, has proven its worth by delivering better quality data on shark populations than conventional acoustic tagging methods, and at lower cost. The SSTP provides a cheaper way of collecting good data about Scottish shark populations over a broad scale and also long periods of time but […]
Funding has been secured for a MASTS community project on Elasmobranchs to be known as SIORC (Gaelic for shark) which will be officially launched at SSACN’s Celebrating Scotland’s Sharks event. The objective of the project is to collate existing sources of elasmobranch data to provide the strongest scientific evidence base for stakeholders to (1) apply […]
A members’ business debate on motion S4M-08449, in the name of Kenneth Gibson, on Clyde 2020. The Motion debated – That the Parliament acknowledges the commitment of Scottish ministers to meet the requirement under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive to bring the Clyde up to Good Environmental Status by 2020; recognises the substantial economic, social […]
Mike Dilger, from BBC’s The One Show, joins Ian Burrett on a fishing trip to catch and tag Common Skate for the long-term scientific study run by SSACN’s Scottish Shark Tagging Programme . You can view the programme here.
The results of a recent IUCN analysis confirm that the world’s 1,041 shark, skate, ray and chimaera species are among its most threatened animals. An estimated one quarter of all species are threatened and only one third considered safe (a smaller proportion than any other vertebrate group). The largest, most charismatic shallow water species, including […]
A common skate (tag# 1683) initially tagged in the Firth of Lorn (Oban area) was recaptured 110 miles away and 20 months later at the Maidens. The Maidens is an area containing two islets and several skerries in the North Channel off County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
This male Tope, tag#22019, was originally tagged in Luce Bay on the 5th of July 2006 by Onyer Marks. It was recapture in gill nets and released on the 22nd March 2013. The recapture location is marked on the map to the right which was approximately 256 nautical miles from the original tag location. However, […]
Tope #2601 originally tagged in Luce Bay by Dale Robertson on 25/07/10 was recaptured around 1400 miles away on 27/05/13 by a deep water longline vessel working the Gorringe Seamount.
New Zealand scientists are baffled by the 13,300km migration of a mako shark tagged in a landmark study. The shark, a 1.8-metre mako named Carol, has been tracked by Niwa scientists using a satellite tagging device. The tag was attached to Carol in the Bay of Islands six months ago. The tag has provided the […]
Amateur documentary maker Scott Tucker has produced his 101st video in his Expedition New England series. Entitled “Feeding the Fear: Sharks of New England” the documentary is about a shark tournament run by the Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk, New York. The film maker shows some of the sharks being landed, including mako and […]
Scotland’s natural environment is not only a major contributor to Scotland’s economic growth in terms of our ability to engage visitors and produce world class produce and products but it also plays an important part in our quality of life. But in recognising this, politicians must ensure marine and coastal environments that are clean, healthy, […]
Fishermen are to be trained to identify different shark species in a project that aims to help protect stocks. Fishing representatives in Lancashire, the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and North East Lincolnshire are to receive guides to help classify species at sea. The scheme, run by the Co-operative, the Shark Trust and commercial fishing industry, […]
In a recent news story, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) expressed their view that zero TACs have no place in fisheries management except in a single species fishery in urgent need of dramatic remedial action. Focussing on spurdog and porbeagle the NFFO feel that the purpose of zero TACs for them seems to […]
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, a marine and shark scientist at Miami University, has written an article for National Geographic describing some if his work with electronic tags. He explains that understanding and predicting animal movement is important as it is central to establishing effective management and conservation strategies. Dr. Hammerschlag describes how work at the university […]
A female white shark measuring 14ft 2” that was tagged by the not for profit organisation OCEARCH has been tracked down the east coast of the US. The shark, nicknamed Katherine, was originally tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in August and has slowly made her way down to Florida. Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean […]
Since the Western Australian (WA) Government announced plans to cull White Sharks in December it has been a controversial and widely debated topic with school children from as far away as Canada writing the WA Premier to ask for the scientific evidence to support such a cull. Following seven shark related deaths in WA waters […]
US scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that female lemon sharks return to the same locations of their birth in order to release their own young. This is the first time this behaviour, known to occur in sea turtles and salmon, has been documented in sharks. The team, lead by Kevin Felheim […]
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