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Sharks of the Open Ocean: Biology, Fisheries & Conservation

Series: Fish and Aquatic Resources Series Volume: 13

Edited By: Ellen Pikitch, Merry Camhi and E Babcock

502 pages, Tabs, figs, maps


Hardback | Feb 2008 | #139962 | ISBN-13: 9780632059959
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NHBS Price: £178.00 $233/€203 approx

About this book

This important and exciting title represents the first authoritative volume focussed on pelagic (open ocean) sharks as a group. Virtually every pelagic shark expert in the world has contributed to this landmark publication which includes the latest data and knowledge on pelagic shark biology, fisheries, management, and conservation.

Pelagic sharks face unprecedented levels of exploitation in all the world's oceans through both direct fisheries and by-catch, and effective management for these species is contingent upon solid science and data, which this book brings together for the first time. All those involved in shark biology will need to have a copy of this book.

The accessibility and accuracy of the text, combined with its low price, make this an ideal choice for the amateur naturalist's introduction to the herpetological world. (Quarterly Review of Biology, December 2008)


Part 1 Introduction and Overview

1. Introduction to Sharks of the Open Ocean

2. Pelagic Elasmobranch Diversity

3. The Reproductive Biology of Pelagic Elasmobranchs

Part 2 Life History and Status of Pelagic Elasmobranchs


4. The Biology and Ecology of Thresher Sharks (Alopiidae)

5. The Biology and Ecology of the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias

6. Case study: White Shark Movements in the North Pacific Pelagic Ecosystem

7. The Biology and Ecology of the Shortfin Mako Shark, Isurus oxyrinchus

8. The Biology and Ecology of the Salmon Shark, Lamna ditropis

9. The Biology and Ecology of the Porbeagle Shark, Lamna nasus

10. The Biology and Ecology of the Silky Shark, Carcharhinus falciformis

11. The Biology and Ecology of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Carcharhinus longimanus

12. The Biology and Ecology of the Blue Shark, Prionace glauca

13. The Biology and Ecology of the Pelagic Stingray, Pteroplatytrygon violacea (Bonaparte, 1832)

Part 3 Trends in Catches and Abundance of Pelagic Sharks


14. A Global Overview of Commercial Fisheries for Open Ocean Sharks

15. Recreational Fishing for Pelagic Sharks Worldwide

16. Case Study: Blue and Mako Shark Catch Rates in U.S. Atlantic Recreational Fisheries as Potential Indices of Abundance

17. Catches of Pelagic Sharks by Subsurface Longline Fisheries in the South Atlantic Ocean During the Last Century: A Review of Available Data with Emphasis on Uruguay and Brazil

18. Case Study: Blue Shark Catch Rate Patterns from the Portuguese Swordfish Longline Fishery in the Azores

19. Case Study: Trends in Blue Shark Abundance in the Western North Atlantic as Determined by a Fishery-Independent Survey

20. Case Study: Elasmobranch Bycatch in the Pelagic Longline Fishery off the Southeastern United States, 1992-1997

21. Pelagic Shark Fisheries in the Indian Ocean

22. Case Study: The Bycatch of Pelagic Sharks in Australia's Tuna Longline Fisheries

23. Case Study: Catch and Management of Pelagic Sharks in Hawaii and the U.S. Western Pacific Region

24. Case Study: Pelagic Shark Fisheries Along the West Coast of Mexico

Part 4 Methods to Improve Understanding of Pelagic Sharks: Demographics, Assessment, and Stock Structure


25. Intrinsic Rates of Increase in Pelagic Elasmobranchs

26. Shark Productivity and Reproductive Protection, and a Comparison with Teleosts

27. Comparative Life History and Demography of Pelagic Sharks

28. Molecular Markers and Genetic Population Structure of Pelagic Sharks

29. Case Study: Rapid Species Identification of Pelagic Shark Tissues Using Genetic Approaches

30. Stock Structure of the Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) in the North Atlantic Ocean Based on Tagging Data

31. Why Are Bayesian Methods Useful for the Stock Assessment of Sharks?

32. Embracing Movement and Stock Structure for Assessment of Galeorhinus galeus Harvested off Southern Australia

Part 5 Conservation and Management Outlook for Pelagic Sharks


33. Conservation Status of Pelagic Elasmobranchs

34. Domestic and International Management for Pelagic Sharks

35. The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Porbeagle Shark Population in the Northwest Atlantic

36. Methods to Reduce Bycatch Mortality in Longline Fisheries

37. Data Collection, Research, and Assessment Efforts for Pelagic Sharks by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

38. Pelagic Sharks and the FAO International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks

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Merry Camhi, IUCN Sharks Specialist Group, USA
Ellen Pikitch, Pew Institute for Ocean Science, USA
Elizabeth Babcock, Pew Institute for Ocean Science, USA

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