Market mislabeling of shark meat

Genetic tools are slowly revealing high volumes of mislabelling/ substitution in fish markets, and even sales of endangered or prohibited species. Whilst the EU is working to improve tractability and protect consumers, a recent study has revealed astonishingly high amounts of mislabelling among shark products in Greek markets… Despite being an endangered group, Elamobranch meat remains a…

ElasmOlympics- 1st edition

What elasmobranch would win the 100 m sprint? Or the high jump? Or synchronised swimming? Keep reading to find out more about the most impressive sharks and rays… 100 m sprint Winner: So what elasmobranch would beat Usain Bolt in the 100m sprint? Well, probably the fastest shark in the world: the shortfin mako (Isurus…

Can sharks learn?

Jaws: the revenge. A great white shark kills the son of a grieving widow Ellen Brody. In mourning, the family goes to the Bahamas to visit her other son. Unbeknownst to them, however, the shark has learnt who they are and follows the family… But can sharks actually learn? The short answer: yes they can!…

Species new to science

Elasmobranchs are among the most endangered vertebrates, with around 25% of species now threatened with extinction. However, effective conservation is being hindered by taxonomic confusion; the high levels of morphological similarities among living organisms mean it is difficult to classify elasmobranchs into accurate species groupings. DNA sequencing technologies have even identified ‘cryptic’ species within this…

Protecting the next generation of sharks- is it enough?

Above: Juvenile Blacktip reef shark  (Carcharhinus melanopterus). IUCN red list: Near Threatened. The growing concern over the decline of elasmobranch (sharks, rays and skates) populations has led to increasing effort to conserve nursery areas, which are thought to be critical for population sustainability. Science is helping us to discover nursery regions, but how effective is protecting…