From data deficient to big data in shark conservation

Francesco Ferretti

Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Pacific Forum—11:00 a.m.

Sharks are charismatic species that elicit people’s wonder and fear while playing key roles in natural ecosystems. As mobile top predators, they control prey populations and connect distant ecosystems. However, many shark populations are declining at a rapid rate because of their vulnerable life histories, impacts of fishing, and habitat modification. For this reason, they are among the most endangered animals in the ocean. Meanwhile, they are also the most poorly quantified groups of animals on the planet as basic information on abundance and distribution is lacking for most shark species. I will show how disparate and unconventional sources of data can contribute to fill this information gap and contribute to successfully increase our understanding on sharks, inform management, increase human safety, and promote conservation.

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