Short Fin Mako and Common Thresher Sharks
Date: 08/26/09 7:00 pm - 08/26/09 8:30 pm
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

As apex predators of the Southern California region, the shortfin mako and common thresher sharks form the backbone of the recreational and commercial fisheries for pelagic sharks. Chugey Sepulveda of the Aquarium of the Pacific will discuss how movement patterns can be used to help promote sustainable fisheries and highlight aspects of their reproductive biology that make these sharks especially susceptible to overexploitation. The lecture will also include recent footage of feeding thresher sharks in the ocean, illustrating the use of their caudal fin to stun prey.

Sepulveda is the laboratory director of the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER), where he manages several research projects related to regional recreational and commercial fisheries. PIER works cooperatively with regional management agencies to promote the sustainable use of our coastal resources.

Contact Name: Aquarium of the Pacific
Contact Phone: (562) 590-3100

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