Actual Sharknado off of Cape Hatteras

North Carolina’s weather has never been what you’d call predictable, especially off of Cape Hatteras (all those shipwrecks have to come from somewhere).  That said, what I saw yesterday while tagging sharks off of Hatteras takes the cake.  During what had been an uncharacteristically nice…

EU Considers Ban on Dogfish

Last week the European Union considered a petition to ban on all products made from spiny dogfish.  The petition, put forward by the representative from Germany, would have banned trade of all spiny dogfish products, and barring that called for changing the names of some…

What Drives Dogfish Distribution?

I’ve been meaning to get back into writing about research done by other people (especially if it concerns the mighty spiny dogfish) for some time.  Fortunately, a pretty interesting paper has just come out by researchers at Stony Brook and the National Marine Fisheries Service…

SciREN Press and Sharks in Coastwatch

A couple quick updates about things that have really slowed down my posting, but have definitely been worth it. First off, SciREN was a great time.  It was awesome meeting all the teachers interested in bringing marine and coastal science into their classrooms, and also…

Sharks Migrating into the Classroom

Earlier this month, I quietly added a new page called Teaching Resources to the blog.  At the time it was just a placeholder, but now it represents my attempt to use this space for things other than recaps of papers, field work and conferences.  As…

AFS Southern Division Recap

Last week (January 22nd-26th) a couple of my labmates and I headed down to Charleston, South Carolina for the spring meeting of the American Fisheries Society’s Southern Division (referred to from here on in as SDAFS).  This meeting gets researchers from the Southeast and Gulf…

Dogfish on Tour: Charleston and the Crystal Coast

I’ll be making a couple public appearances this winter, so here’s where you can track me down. Next week I’ll be in lovely Charleston, South Carolina for the spring meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.  I’ll be presenting the latest results…

Winter of the Shark: Brace Yourselves

One of the many projects that have been consuming time that could be spent blogging is the acoustic telemetry project ECU has been involved with off of Cape Hatteras.  Last year saw me take over the day-to-day running of this valuable piece of equipment, from…

Swimming Foreward

Wow, that was quite the gap.  I usually have a difficult time keeping up with blogging between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year it started a little early.  If you’ll notice, the last post was on October 20th.  The reasons for this include an especially…

Dogfish Fisheries: Too Successful for Their Own Good?

Things had been going pretty well for U.S. dogfish fisheries.  In June 2010, after half a decade of an essentially closed fishery, the U.S. Atlantic stock was considered rebuilt.  Shortly after, representatives of the fishery petitioned and successfully received sustainability certification from the Marine Stewardship…