The role and value of science in shark conservation advocacy
Published in Nature, this paper examines the role of science for organizations focused on shark conservation. The researchers found a wide range of practices, and the report offers an analysis of the varying methods used by environmental non-profits.
The researchers interviewed advocates from 78 environmental non-profits, and asked where advocates get scientific information, whether policy-relevant scientific information reaches advocacy groups and whether advocates work toward scientifically identified policy goals.
In part, the researchers found that although environmental groups consult scientists and scientific research, a small contingent of groups do not root their advocacy in science-based policy recommendations.
Shark Aggregation in Coastal Waters of British Columbia
Sharks around the world are under threat. This study finds a previously undocumented high density of pelagic sharks in B.C.'s western Queen Charlotte Sound. The observations help scientists better understand at-sea mortality of returning Pacific salmon and the conservation status of sharks in Canada and beyond.
Charting Coastal Currents: Canada’s Pacific Communities Talk Climate, Culture, Oceans and the Future
This report highlights the concerns and hopes of coastal British Columbians, gathered during a 2015 tour of the traditional territories of 12 First Nations.