Research Seminar: David Sims (University of Plymouth)
David Sims (University of Plymouth) hosted by Professor Innes Cuthill
Life Sciences Research Seminar
Tracking the Lives of Oceanic Sharks in a Changing World
Marine Biological Association of the UK, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB, UK
Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK
Web: www.mba.ac.uk/simslab Twitter: @TheSimsLab
Abstract: Oceanic sharks such as the shortfin mako spend nearly all their lives below the surface in deep waters away from land masses. However widespread declines in these threatened species are occurring due to over-exploitation, yet global catches remain largely unregulated. Oceanic shark conservation is hampered by basic knowledge gaps about movement patterns, migratory routes, drivers of aggregations, the impacts of climate change on distributions, and precisely where they overlap with fishers across their population ranges. This seminar will describe our research to understand oceanic shark movement across different scales in response to environmental changes, including expanding oxygen minimum zones.
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