Biological studies on sharks in Baja California Sur, Mexico
Felipe Galván Magaña, Ph.D.
Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
Since 2000, CICIMAR has sampled sharks and rays on both coasts of the Baja California Sur peninsula. The objective of our research is to collect information on the reproductive season, age, growth, and feeding habits of sharks caught in this region. This data will provide scientific information to fishing authorities to help establish adequate fishing regulations of some species and to aid in the conservation of endangered sharks in Baja California. Twenty-five shark species and five ray species have been recorded, however, we only have data on reproduction from silky, blue, mako, and angel sharks. Information on feeding habits of these sharks and the scalloped hammerhead will be presented. Additional information on mako, silky, blue, and whale sharks and mobulids will also be discussed.