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An Unusual Ecology in Patagonia

An Unusual Ecology in Patagonia

In Península Valdés, clever kelp gulls have learned to feed on the living flesh of southern right whales. Learn more about this strange interaction through my latest photo essay at Sage Magazine. 

 

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Sharks: Worth More Alive than Dead?

Silky Shark in the Galapagos

The fields of economics and shark conservation seem to clash in the field of “shark fin soup,” but what about the recurring benefits sharks can generate through ecotourism?

My latest Sage Magazine article explores the possibility of “sustainable shark fin soup” and analyzes the economic benefits of shark diving and snorkeling worldwide. While both can be profitable endeavors, we have to accept that demand for shark fin soup is not going away anytime soon. How can we balance harvest and conservation goals for sharks worldwide? Individual tradable quotas, better enforcement and management of shark stocks, and marine reserves are just a few of the possible solutions offered in this article.

Paying Their Way: Why Sharks Are Worth More Alive