Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Demian - Shark Talk!

Demian and Debbie in Bangkok - source.

Demian Chapman is a fantastic lecturer.
I've posted his talk about GWS a while ago and if you haven't done so, I invite you to take the time to watch it as it is simply brilliant.

He is also one of the authors of the numbers paper.
But he's not only an excellent researcher but also deeply involved in Shark conservation. Together with his wife Debra Abercrombie, one of his latest endeavors has been to develop a Shark fin ID guide and he has also developed simple, cheap Shark DNA identification tests that when combined would enable e.g. customs or fisheries officers to efficiently monitor Shark fishing and fin trading activities.
Over the past year, he and Debbie have been running several fin ID workshops, and they are now at the CITES CoP where they will undoubtedly attempt to to educate a maximum of delegates.

This is his talk on the subject from last February.
Required watching!


Tropical Selkie said...

I love it when science is directly applicable to meaningful shark conservation. This is the BEST example of conservation biology as an applied science, as it should be!!

DaShark said...

Fully agree!

These are seriously good people, and totally nice on top of that!