our new study is the largest survey on the shark fin trade to date. the differences between data reported by cites parties and the proportion of cites-listed species in trade (9,200 samples analyzed), suggest that there is still a large volume of fins being illegally traded into hong kong and highlights the need for better enforcement of international trade laws. improving inspection efficiency by centralizing ports of entry for fins and conducting real-time dna testing in the field are some of the measures that cites-parties can put in place to meet their obligations to this treaty. read the paper for details
link of the paper in my bio #sharkfin#sharkfintrade#sharkconservation#sharkresearch#sharkweek#turningthetide
That lightbulb moment. 😜 @lamaveproject researcher ryan murray prepares gear on board this years #expeditionshark4
in 2015 ryan became the first irishman to join the rangers of tubbataha reefs and live on their stilted base, approx 150km from the mainland in the middle of the sulu sea.
the knowledge he gained and the relationships he formed with the rangers proved invaluable in the success of #lamave and @lifeintubbataha#shark research in the natural park.
to date the collaborative team have tagged over 15 sharks (tiger and grey reef) in an effort to find out how sharks are using the park, if they are leaving the protection of the park, and if so where are they going.
this week i'll be sharing a few of my favourite photographs of our @lamaveproject team. ✌
It's #featuredspeciesfriday!! the tiger shark is known as a swimming garbage can, but there is more to them than their unmatched appetite. check out this week's blog post by clicking the link in my bio 📸 taken by me @thesharkspot at the @mauioceancenter