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The importance of research and public opinion to conservation management of sharks and rays: A synthesis


Simfendorfer, CA and Heupel, MR and White, WT and Dulvy, NK, The importance of research and public opinion to conservation management of sharks and rays: A synthesis, Marine & Freshwater Research, June 2010, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, pp. 518-527. ISSN 1323-1650 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.1071/MF11086


Growing concern for the world's shark and ray populations is driving the need for greater research to inform conservation management. A change in public perception, from one that we need to protect humans from sharks to one where we must protect sharks from humans, has added to calls for better management. The present paper examines the growing need for research for conservation management of sharks and rays by synthesising information presented in this Special Issue from the 2010 Sharks International Conference and by identifying future research needs, including topics such as taxonomy, life history, population status, spatial ecology, environmental effects, ecosystem role and human impacts. However, this biological and ecological research agenda will not be sufficient to fully secure conservation management. There is also a need for research to inform social and economic sustainability. Effective conservation management will be achieved by setting clear priorities for research with the aid of stakeholders, implementing well designed research projects, building the capacity for research, and clearly communicating the results to stakeholders. If this can be achieved, it will assure a future for this iconic group, the ecosystems in which they occur and the human communities that rely on them.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:chondrichthyes, research priorities, sustainable use
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, WT (Dr William White)
ID Code:119785
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:172
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2017-09-21
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