It was October 2013, I flew to Miami for a conference on Ocean Science Communication where I was meeting with all of the bright ocean scientists who were actively engaging with the public to communicate Ocean Science to raise awareness. It was a great conference, where I met a number of great people who are now my colleagues and friends. But the conference is not the point of this story, so let’s move on.
One of the many benefits of going to a science conference are the field trips. There was one field trip in particular that I wanted to go on. It was the Shark Tagging trip run by David Shiffman (PhD student from the University of Miami) and the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. The trip involved going on a boat on the Ocean; catching a shark; and, tagging them. For a marine biologist living in Ontario, Canada in October, this trip was a great way to get a marine science fix!
The trip was wonderful even though we didn’t catch any sharks. I was told that the lab has only had 2-3 trips where they didn’t catch and tag sharks. I must admit, I was a little disappointed; however, I did learn quite a bit about sharks and the entire program. I remember thinking that we needed to see more of these types of programs on episodes of Shark Week.
Speaking of Shark Week, the Speak Up For Blue Podcast continues with my Shark Week series and I am happy to say that I was able to get Dr. Neil Hammerschlag as a guest on the program. Dr. Hammerschlag is the director of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program and Research Assistant Professor at the University Miami. He sat down, on his vacation no less, with me to chat about the research that he does involving sharks with the rest of his research team. We chat about his favourite shark, the hammerhead shark, and why they need to be protected. He also chats about how his research interacts and works with the Florida fisheries community.
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