The role and value of science in shark conservation advocacy
Authored by: David S. Shiffman, Catherine C. Macdonald, Scott Wallace, Nicholas K. Dulvy
Published in: Nature
Biodiversity, Oceans and fresh water fisheries and aquaculture, protecting coastal waters, species at risk, sharks
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.
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