Florida shark species and the human influence (Outline Draft #1)

This topic submitted by Alex Ress ( ressap@miamioh.edu) at 4:52 PM on 3/29/06.

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My topic involves the shark populations within Florida waters and the role humans play on their lifestyles. I will concentrate on the fishing industry, commercial and sport, as well as the misconceptions that stem from local and international attacks. Conservation will be a key aspect and I will give details on the past, present, and future paths taken to conserve the shark species of this area. I feel that sharks play and important role in the Florida ecosystem and need to be protected in order to maintain the balance. As human/shark interactions grow this increases the risk of shark population destruction. This topic could help us understand the ecological damage that humans pose on these specific systems as we begin our course in the Florida area.

Outline:

I. Intro

II. Common Shark Species
A. Blacktip
B. Sandbar
C. Nurse
D. Lemon
E. Hammerhead

III. Human Interactions
A. Commercial Fishing
i) the business
ii) the effects
B. Attacks
i) misconceptions
ii) statistics
iii) prevention

IV. Conservation
A. Threatened/Endangered Species
B. Population Trends
C. What can be done

V. Conclusion

References:

Fong, Quentin S.W., and James L. Anderson. "International shark fin markets and shark management: an integrated market preference-cohort analysis of the blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) ." Ecological Economics January 2002: 117-120.

Barker, Michael J., and Vera Schluessel. "Managing global shark fisheries: suggestions for prioritizing management strategies ." Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 15.4 (2005): 325-347.

Caldicott, David G.E., Ravi Mahajani, and Marie Kuhn. "The anatomy of a shark attack: a case report and review of the literature." Injury 32.6 (2001): 445-453.

"Sharks." Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Florida Museum of Natural History. 25 Mar. 2006 .

Common Sharks of Florida. University of Florida. 29 Mar. 2006 .

Endangered Species Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Organization. 29 Mar. 2006 .

Klimley, A. Peter. The Secret Life of Sharks. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.


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