Shark Matters #607

August 22, 2022

Sharks are fascinating, often misunderstood creatures, and many of them are threatened or endangered, and they definitely deserve our conservation effort. But conservation effort takes time, money, and focused attention: all things that are limited resources, as much as we might wish they weren't. So how do we focus our conservation efforst to make the biggest real impact for sharks (and other creatures) in an evidence-based way? We speak with interdisciplinary marine conservation biologist and author David Shiffman about his new book "Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood Predator", and dig deep into the ins and outs of marine conservation: what makes it difficult, what good conservation policy takes into account, how critical it is to ensure the impacted people and communities are included in decision-making, how to differentate conservation efforts and discussions from animal welfare efforts and discussions, and why that's so important.


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Guest Bios

David Shiffman

David Shiffman is an interdisciplinary marine conservation biologist at Arizona State University, interested in the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources, and how the science related to these topics is communicated to stakeholders and the public. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and he writes a monthly column in Scuba Diving Magazine. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @WhySharksMatter, where he's always happy to answer questions about sharks. He is the author of the book "Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood Predator".