My third article for The Conservation Project International is all about the common skate. Skates are elasmobranchs (the same class as sharks and rays). The common skate is very large at up to 2.85m, slow-growing and long-lived (three traits that often mean vulnerable to extinction). It used to be one of the most abundant skates in the world but it now critically endangered largely due to harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling.
My second article for The Conservation Project International is up on their website – it touches on the plight of Goliath groupers but goes into greater depth on the less publicised damage being done to their cousins, the calico groupers. I talk about recreational and commercial overfishing of slow growing threatened species, bycatch, and briefly touch on the need for people from a diversity of professional backgrounds in marine conservation.
Hi all! A quick note to say you should head over to The Conservation Project International’s website, both to check out the really cool work they are trying to do and to read my article on the Ganges river shark, the rarest shark in the world.
I’m going to be working with TCPI to produce a series of blog posts on marine (if you’ve spotted that river sharks aren’t marine, yes, shhh) endangered species that need some more love and attention from conservationists (and everyone else).
Next up, the Calico grouper – watch this space!